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Saturday, November 29, 2014

Minako Yoshida -- Lovin' You


After going full throttle with the opening song, "Town" on her brilliant album, "Monsters In Town" (1981), I gather that Minako Yoshida(吉田美奈子)needed to cool everyone down with the next track. And that she certainly does with the Saturday night soul of "Lovin' You".

Now, this isn't the famous ballad by the late Minnie Ripperton but an original Yoshida creation that simply brings on the good groovy vibes. It's great for an evening out on the town, and once again I will have to mention that hotel-top bar overlooking the bright lights and big city as the setting for "Lovin' You". At first, Yoshida starts off soft and creamy before she lets her voice soar through the highs and lows of the atmosphere, and it just feels like we're all flying with her in the night sky. I'm writing this at night as I'm listening to the song, and after a long day of editing and translating, this is the ideal musical tonic.

I love the original track but the video above has the singer herself enthralling everyone in concert, including an invitation for the audience to join in. I never got into concerts during my time in Japan, but I wish I could have gotten to see her. She has some fine pipes!


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