Tuesday, September 30, 2008

A Major Breakthrough for me !



SUKIYAKI
Original Title "Ue o Muite Arukoo"
(Hachidai Nakamura / Rokusuke Ei)
Kyu Sakamoto - 1961
Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen - 1963
Ue o muite arukoo
Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni
Omoidasu haru no hi
Hitoribotchi no yoru
Ue o muite arukoo
Nijinda hoshi o kazoete
Omoidasu natsu no hi
Hitoribotchi no yoru
Shiawase wa kumo no ue ni
Shiawase wa sora no ue ni
Ue o muite arukoo
Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni
Nakinagara aruku
Hitoribotchi no yoru
(whistling)
Omoidasu aki no hi
Hitoribotchi no yoru But tonight
Kanashimi wa hoshi no kage ni
Kanashimi wa tsuki no kage ni
Ue o muite arukoo
Namida ga kobore nai yoo ni
Nakinagara aruku
Hitoribotchi no yoru
(whistling)

Over the last several months,I have been struggling on my own to try loading a video from youtube to this website of mine. Tried and tried countless times but failed again and again, even with the online notes from Blogger Help Center. Resorted to typing out my
questions on the Blogger Share Groups for help, many months ago. But the replies were rather unhelpful and ambiguous at best.
So, back to square one.
I could have asked for help if I had really wanted to.
But something inside me tells me that I can do it someday except I don't really know
when that day or moment will come.
THAT MOMENT of breakthrough happened about 30 minutes ago, after I was struggling for 5 hours.
I managed to download, upload and load a video on the Yippee Blogsite ( closed family website) for the very 1st time, on my own!
So, before I forget how I managed this so far impossible feat...I thought I better try out another one on this site just to make certain ( Reinforcement of Learning).
I have chosen the singer and especially the song that HAD A GREAT IMPACT on my LOVE for good music as I was growing from a teenager to adulthood.
This is one song that always raise my goose pimples especially when I hear the original voice of Kyu SAKAMOTO. It is that great! It was the #1 song on the American Billboard in 1963!!!
No other Japanese song sung wholly in Japanese has ever achieved such Fame.
This song SUKIYAKI will forever be a BIG part of my deepest and fond memories of JAPAN especially when sung by the late KYU SAKAMOTO.
There is another thing that even my 2 grown-up daughters may not know about their old man.And what is that?
In 1972,as part of the 2nd Asian Youth Voyage Programme,my Japanese hosts from the Tokyo Chapter of the Jaycees, were superb hosts. They truly wanted us...the youth delegates, to remember our visit and be immersed in their culture. They brought us to the famous GINZA area in downtown Tokyo...into one of the biggest nightclubs.The Japanese love their drinking, eating and singing accompanied by animated clappings. When we were well feted and relaxed, out of nowhere, I heard my name and Singapore being announced over the loud PA system...in Japanese. I understood only my name being called," DICKO-SAN! DICKO-SAN! ".
The lady interpreter attached to us told me I was expected to go up on the grand stage to sing them a song or two. As I said...that was one of the biggest clubs around then...seating well over 800 people.
The loud clappings of encouragement meant only one thing...I had no choice but to boldly strike forth. Walking up to the stage, I asked the live band if they knew the song " Danny Boy". They shook their heads in a "NO" gesture. But I hummed the tune to them and some of that registered with a member or two. So, working on the key..they played (tentatively, can't blame them) and I sang that song. During the singing the assembly did not clap. They did so after. But I knew it was a song not known to them...that was exactly why I chose that song. WHY?
Because I knew they would ask for a 2nd song !
And so they did.
Imagine the electrifying atmosphere inside that club when the MC announced in Japanese " and now DICKO-SAN will entertain us with KYU SAKAMOTO'S SUKIYAKI! "
The band was obviously very happy I chose that song as it was simply the most Famous Song from Japan, outside Japan. All the patrons were happy too.
And they started clapping as I sang...the ENGLISH version.
I have never forgotten the Raw power of this song!
It made me quite a hit with my large band of Japanese Jaycee friends...back then.

4 comments:

Lam Chun See said...

I have previously written about the benefits of blogging for senior people here. The mental exercise from learning new 'tricks' that is 'child's play' to our kids is good for our brains. I am glad to read of your 'achievement' Well don uncker!

Your episode of your Japan experience also shows what a clever entertainer you are.

uncle dick said...

I am glad you added the link about why seniors should blog.
Those are certainly interesting and valid points.
I share your sentiments about the blogging experience wholeheartedly.
Btw, the "tricks" you mentioned about I know not many.Hopefully, I can pick up some of the more useful ones as time passes.

peter said...

Yah I remember Ken Sakamoto and that song. There was also another smash hit that year - "Look For The Star". This song always stuck in my head when I recall as a child of 6 years old I asked my father when he flew to another country, how was I able to recgonize which direction he was going, he told me "Look For The Star". When my father passed away recently, I asked him how would I know where he was going" He replied again "Look For The Star".

peter said...

O the song title should have been "Look For A Star"