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Having discovered the Japanese Bubblegum Pop Heavy Metal band, Babymetal, I wanted to create a song along that feel. Serendipitously, I came across the traditional Japanese lullaby "Takeda no Komoriuta". I've heard that song before but never understood what it meant (until I read the Wikipedia entry). Playing around with the lyrics, I thought it would suit the arrangement I have in mind.
The next challenge was to find a female lead singer. It was my fortune to have my friend, the talented Ms Lynn Dresel, on board. She recorded her vocals on GarageBand and sent over the files. I did a mix, we exchanged comments in less than a day, and here it is.
The Burakumin backstory to the lyrics was especially poignant for me. Rather than envision this as a protest song (it's not), I saw it as a song of one's resolve to do better, in spite of whatever that is troubling us.
I had fun with it. Hope it rocks your day too.
Special mention to my Japanese friend and fellow Babymetal fan, Kanako H., who helped explained more of the backstory/ context of the lyrics, Burakumin etc.
Mori mo iyagaru, Bon kara saki-nya
Yuki mo chiratsuku-shi, Ko mo naku-shi
I would hate baby-sitting beyond Bon Festival,
The snow begins to fall, and the baby cries.
Kono ko you naku, Mori wo ba ijiru
Mori mo ichi-nichi, Yaseru-yara
This child continues to cry and is mean to me.
Every day I grow thinner.
released May 22, 2016
Vocals: Lynn Dresel
Arrangement, Composition, Mixing: Ivan Chew