I like the opening theme to True Detective Season 1, “Far from Any Road,” and put up a post at the Blog of Funny Names on Brett and Rennie Sparks, who wrote and perform it. From the album Singing Bones (2003).
Furuhata Ninzaburo was a great detective show, comparable to Columbo in the basic premise, but it had a more philosophical and dandyish protagonist, brilliantly played by Mazakazu Tamura. It also had a great opening theme, with a James Bondish riff (probably overtly) at the beginning, but a totally different flair once it got going.
One of the notable and probably forgotten and underappreciated crime show theme songs. I was remembering it, then went to search the T’Oobs, which rarely disappoint. By Lalo Shifrin (of Mission Impossible and Dirty Harry fame, to name just a few). I always considered this close to the Ironside and Hawaii 5-0 level of big band theme songs. And don’t forget Kojak!
“Tabi no Hajime ni” (at the beginning of the journey), familiar as the theme music for the NKH documentary program, Nippon Kikou. Composed and played by Wong Wing Tsan.
Nao Matsuzaki’s “Kawaberi no Ie” (house next to a river) is a single from 2006 but seems to have been re-released on some of her albums. It made an impression on me as the theme music for a weekly documentary program on NHK, so I hunted it down for the listening pleasure of my 2 1/2 readers.
This seems like the sound sincerity would make if it could make a sound. You can see Nao’s official site here. Meanwhile, the scenes the Youtuber films are from Shibuya in Tokyo. Buy here.
UPDATE:This post has been by far my most visited over the past several months. Thanks for coming by and appreciating the song.
From viewer comments I gather that most are visiting this post to get to the comments, where I posted the video of an extended session with Nao and her band. That video has (apparently) the only complete version of “Kawaberi no Ie” that can be played on the T’Oobs in Europe or North America. To make things easier, I am moving that video up here. The song starts from 21:40:
An additional note: NHK’s weekly Document 72 Hours (which always features Nao’s song at the end) is available in English on the T’Oobs. It doesn’t have a lot of thrills and chills, but it is a really fascinating slice of life show. The producers pick a spot and film the people that go there for 72 hours. Then they make that into a 25 minute documentary.
Commenter Pow.r asked about English lyrics. I couldn’t find any, so I did this crude, unpoetical, probably-inaccurate-in-various-places translation below. Promise me you won’t use this to sing the song in English. We need a songwriter to do that version. Also, let me know when any of you find any mistakes.
Lyrics below are modified after a suggestion by commenter Audrey.
Kawaberi no Ie
House by the River
Otona ni natte yuku hodo
The more grown up I get
namida ga yoku dete shimau no wa
The more the tears flow
hitori de ikite yukeru kara dato
I can live on my own so
I won’t stop believing
sore demo samishī no mo shitteru kara
But I know I’m lonely, too, so
atatakai basho e yukou yo
Let’s go to a warm place
kawa no seseragi ga kikoeru
I hear a river flowing
ie o karite mimi o sumashi
I rent a house and listen to my ears
sono shizukesa ya hageshi-sa o oboete yuku
I’ll remember that silence, that intensity
uta wa mizu ni tokete yuki
The song melts in the water
soko dake mizuiro
Watery blue, only there
shiawase o mamoru node wa naku wakete ageru
I won’t hold on to happiness but split it up
Spread it out as far as possible
narubeku rippana suisō o
A fish tank as nice as I can find
jitensha de kai ni iki
Let’s go by bicycle and buy it
Let’s let it go
nante kiseki no iro o motte iru no
What a miracle, the color you have
mizutamari ni utsutte iru
It’s reflected in a puddle
boku no ie wa aoku suke
My house is translucent blue
yubi de ikura kakimazete mo
Even when you stir it with your fingers
totemo hakananai monodakara
It’s so transitory so
taisetsu ni shite
isshun shika nai
You only have a moment
isshun shika nai
You only have a moment
Happy Festivus, everyone!
Of course, it’s two days late. I hope that doesn’t upset purists.
File this under “still way behind schedule on Kyary blogging.”
Miru mirareru (See. Be seen.)
This is the ALOOK NEON glasses cm from about three months ago. The hair curls read “Cool” (or so some commentators surmise) and the song, which has not yet been featured on this humble blog, is “Slow Mo.” It’s an interesting song with a new kind of sound and will need more focussed attention from our Kyary department at some date in the near future.
And yes, of course we would be remiss if we did not include the obligatory bonus “the making of” sequence!
Hello. I’m Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, just finished with a new cm for ALOOK. The theme this time is this “ootoku-chuuru” [haute couture] creation made just for me out of 700 pairs of glasses. It’s the only costume of its kind made in the world. You can probably see for yourself but it was made, one by one, with real glasses. It took over one month to make. And the glasses that I wear in the cm are these, ALOOK NEON. These are stylish neon colored glasses to wear this winter. Please be sure to check them out at an ALOOK outlet! This has been Kyary Pamyu Pamyu. Bye bye!
To modify an Audrey Hepburn word introduced to me by blogger Amb, Kyary’s dress is . . . spectaculaclar. Spectacle-acular? Spectacular-ectacle?
How about Spectacu-electracle?
Nightskyradio turned me on to this clip.
I was surprised that I’d never seen it, being such a Zappa fan from way back. The song at the end is “Mother People” from We’re Only in It for the Money (1968):