Mar 22, 2011

"Maybe We Can Support the People With Songs..." Community

Different version with singer Satoko Yamano

Count the Stars

Words by: Yasuhiko Kawasaki
Music by: Toshihiko Shinzawa

On a quiet night I looked up at the sky.
I saw a small shooting star go by.
Somewhere you too must be resting your wings,
And looking up at the same sky.

The light of even the smallest star
Is the shine of long ago.
So with hope that your tomorrow will shine,
Count the stars and rest for now.

With hope that your tomorrow will shine,
Count the stars and rest for now.

(translated by flowerbossa)

"This is singer and song writer, Toshihiko Shinzawa.
I have written the lyrics to songs such as “Sekaijuuno Kodomotachiga (Children of the World)” and “Sayonara Bokutachino Yochien (Good bye Our Kindergarten)”.

Ever since the devastating earthquake occurred on March 11, I have been constantly thinking about whether there is something I can do.
And since my job is to write and sing songs, I came to the conclusion “that” is the only thing I CAN do.

In the past too, in times like the Great Hanshin Earthquake in 1995 and the Mid Niigata Prefecture Earthquake in 2004, I was active in making songs with people like composer Hirotaka Nakagawa-san and Kuni Kawachi-san, doing concerts, and making CDs etc.

But it crossed my mind that maybe there are people out there that want to do something, but feel they are unable to do anything on their own; people who are being taken over by a whirlwind of emotions and have words that are about to overflow but have no place to express it… all sorts of people.

Ever since I started to go on twitter and mixi (a Japanese SNS), I discovered that I am able to interact with all kinds of people in a much more active way. That’s how I got the idea of getting together to create songs.

I will upload some rough drafts of lyrics which do not have any music yet. I hope someone who sees them will feel free to give it a tune. (Anyone. It doesn’t matter whether you are a pro or an amateur.)

I don’t have any ideas on how I will present them or deliver them yet.
I just thought that it would be nice to have someone provide music to the words, and make them into a new song. I think it’s perfectly okay for a number of people to give them a different tune. I’d be really happy if people will participate freely.

And if there are people who write lyrics, feel free to introduce them here. (Anyone. It doesn’t matter whether you are a pro or an amateur.) Then someone can write music for them too, and it would be nice to see more songs being created.

I have no idea how this is going to help the people who have been affected by the huge earthquake. Maybe it won’t. But I want to have more faith in the power of songs. Well, making songs, that’s the only thing I can do, so that’s what I’m doing.

If we get a lot of songs, maybe we can have an event like a concert where we can all sing together. Maybe we can even go to Tohoku to sing.
Maybe that sounds like a dream, but rather than just watching the news on TV and feeling sad, I wanted to start something…"

Shinzawa-san is a friend of mine from high school.
I feel so happy (and proud^^) that he has started this wonderful community for us - not just for the puropose of supporting the people suffering at the site of the devastated areas, but we too who are relatively far away feel so much more energized by this activity.

May the world be filled with song and music!

p.s. And oh, DO share this with your friends^^
BETTER YET, join the club and send us lyrics for this song!











(mixi の「大震災・歌で応援できないかな」コミュニティー」から転載させていただきましたm(_ _)m)


Elle ॐ said...

That's a wonderful idea!. Unfortunately I'm not a musician, not even an amateur to at least add something here. But of course I'll re-share this... it's the only thing I can do so far.

Thank you. :)

flowerbossa said...

Hello Elle,

Welcome to my blog!

Thank you for taking interest in this activity.

We'd be very happy if you could share it with your friends^^/