(Late Report) I wrote songs for the charity CD ‘AI (Love)’ for West Japan Torrent Disaster

This is again late report.

In advance of the Charity Live for West Japan Torrent Disaster, ‘For You’, Nami Nakagawa started to produce Charity CD ‘AI (Love)’ for West Japan torrent Disaster and I delivered two songs as composer. The songs are ‘Chikyu-no-Kodomo (Children of the Earth)’ which many artists joined to and ‘Hitori-ja-Nai (Not Alone)’ sung by Nami.

First I composed ‘Hitori-ja-Nai’. Charity song should not be so cool and cutting-edge, so the song is ‘high-road’ ballad. Nami is a really good singer, so I didn’t mind if the melody line can be sung or not. As expected, the song became excellent. And we recorded Nami’s lead vocal in Studio Clef at Tokyo on same day with the recording of ‘Chikyu-no-Kodomo’.

I played the piano, electric bass and electric guitar on ‘Hitori-ja-Nai’ and Yuri Endoh (Twitter: @YuriEndoViolin) played the solo violin in Studio Clef. I used ’90’s Valley Arts guitar, Mesa Boogie Road King amplifier and buzz feiten design Ultralight 212S Cabinet. The purpose is to get clear wide range sound from the guitar. Recorded directly from mic. No stomp boxes. Just audio processing in mix stage. The bass is 5 stringed Crews Maniac Sound Be Bottom ’21L and the bass amplifier is ’66 Ampeg B-15N. Bass was recorded through Radial JDI Passive Direct Box and the dry sound via DI and this dry sound sent to B-15N via Radial Reamp is mixed. In addition, I played LP511 bell tree with LP236D adapter as same as ‘Chikyu-no-Kodomo’. It sounds much, much better than using sampled sound library. This time I used Focusrite ISA One for all recordings as mic amplifier. Royer R-122 was used for guitar and bass recordings. For percussions, including tambourine and shaker, I used AKG C451B.

In the song, Nami recorded many vocalists as back ground chorus in her house and sent the datas to me. Several dozens of the audio tracks with 24bit/96kHz environment and I was afraid the ProTools session might not be working, but ProTools HDX worked fine.

As for ‘Chikyu-no-Kodomo’, Nami requested me to write a song such as ‘We’re the World’ and according to her suggestion I wrote this song. But that song is for Africa and I thought I should write more fitting song for the Japanese and the main part is written with minor key which is more familiar with the Japanese. Many artists sang lead and harmony melody part. Background chorus is sung by Nami.

We spent two days in Studio Clef to record main part. I enjoyed to work with various styled artists. From me, the request is just one. ‘Anyway, please sing as you like’. Japanese singers are good at singing similar with other persons and often when mixing each sounds too similar and cannot distinguish who is the person. This time I don’t want to do that. They understood and sang as they like, as a result, I feel each artist’s personality could be expressive.

This song aligns to the direction of ‘We’re the World’ and gets similar with 80’s sound. FM electric piano and synth strings is added to the piano and it sounds classic. Mini Moog is in charge of synth bass. Juno-6 is in charge of additional synth pads, D-50 is used for synth bell, EIIIxp is used for synth strings, TR-08 ran 808 sequence. This time I used the vintage hardware so much. I played tambourine and shaker and recorded them as well. Guitar is as same as ‘Hitori-ja-Nai’, Valley Arts set. Yuri Endoh plays solo violin as well. The violin in outro part was excellent.

As a result of artists’ efforts and Yuri’s violin play, both songs sound fantastic. Unfortunately now not available for online sales. CD only available in Japan. But many interesting pop songs inside. If you have a chance to see the CD in Japanese CD shop, please take a look.

Finally below is the snapshot of the recording in Studio Clef. 3 shots of Nami and Mayumi Sudo, singing in ‘Chikyu-no-Kodomo’ and me.

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<English Below>
今日は中川奈美さん歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」の演奏者についてお話しようと思います





Hi there,
Today I’d like to talk ‘bout a player on Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’

Although I played and programmed almost basic tracks, the solo violin which can be heard from a bit left of Nami’s vocal is played as ad-lib by Yuri Endo, really active violinist
She is genuine and plays on the string quartet concert and so on. Before COVID-19, I was invited to her concert and her play was really amazing

She was born in Uwajima as same as Nami and that’s the reason why she joined to the project

Her violin tone has gentle and great sound. I feel her violin contributed to the quality up of the song

Before recording her violin, I prepared another strings track for this song, but after the recording, I muted the strings track and stop on using ‘cause I don’t want to disturb her violin with another strings sound

This track is improvisation so I didn’t direct her at all. Nami and Yuri Endo’s ability is excellent so just recording and then it’s oK. It was an easy recording session for me.

I did something for all the other tracks so I will talk ‘bout this later.
Have fun!

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.
<English Below>

中川奈美さんが歌う「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」ですが、Spotifyにて曲をスマホで再生すると短い動画が出てくるCANVASに対応しました!



Hi there,
I have an update for Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’. 
This song now supports Spotify CANVAS, which is the short video for Spotify. 
It appears when the song is played on Spotify of your smartphone!

And I added Nami’s detailed information to her Artist Page on Spotify as well!
Have fun, Spotify users!
<English Below>







Hi guys! 
Today I’m gonna talking ‘bout Nami Nakagawa’s vocal!

She’s professional and has been working for backyard jobs and backing vocals and have many careers so her vocal is always stable.
No need direction.

I have no experience to direct her vocal.
This time she sings softly and gently but on the very famous animation, Demon Slayer, she sings with very characteristic style like ‘Asian Bulgarian Voice???’

In Japan very few singers can do it. 
The reason why Nami can do it is she has background of Minnyo, Japanese traditional folk song.

Yes, she’s a Japanese traditional folk singer.

Actually she sings one Uwajima folk song in her produced CD called ‘West Japan Torrential Rain Charity CD 'AI’’

When I accompanied her the guitar at her live event, she was too great and I was very impressed.

I’m lucky. Nami and many excellent singers I worked with.

I appreciate all of them.
<English Below>
中川奈美「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」のMVが公開されました!





Music Video of Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’

I played the guitar aside her.

Everyone can watch it!

And now URL link works but just for 4 streaming services.

But these are available now.


This is just the announcement of music video and URL likes available.

Have fun!
<English Below>
中川奈美さん「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)リリース日です!


Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/jp/album/%E3%81%A1%E3%81%8D%E3%82%85%E3%81%86%E3%81%AE%E3%81%93%E3%81%A9%E3%82%82/1646274807?i=1646274817

iTunes Store (ダウンロード販売) - 上記リンクから画面右丸3つのアイコンをクリックしてメニューを開き、「iTunes Storeで表示」を選択すると購入できます。

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/track/4TwkxzE0LiaAEkFw11iV8q?si=483f406756b141b8

YouTube Music - https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr-rYgJUcn4&feature=share

現在なぜかAmazon Musicで配信されてません。上記リンクからお楽しみ下さい。

Today is the release day of Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’!

But trouble happens on URL Link called Artist Hub. Now URL for each shop doesn’t appear on the web page.
So please jump from the links below.
Sorry for inconvenience. Once solving this problem, I will announce.

Apple Music - https://music.apple.com/jp/album/%E3%81%A1%E3%81%8D%E3%82%85%E3%81%86%E3%81%AE%E3%81%93%E3%81%A9%E3%82%82/1646274807?i=1646274817

iTunes Store (purchase) - From Apple Music link above, click 3 dots icon in the right side of the window and open the menu and choose ‘show in the iTunes Store’ then you can purchase this song.

Spotify - https://open.spotify.com/track/4TwkxzE0LiaAEkFw11iV8q?si=483f406756b141b8

YouTube Music - https://music.youtube.com/watch?v=Gr-rYgJUcn4&feature=share
<English Below>
明日22.10.07はいよいよ中川奈美「ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)」のリリース日です!
アレンジについては、奈美さんの頭の中で漠然と超有名チャリティソング「We’re the World」のイメージがあったそうなので、オリジナル版はThe 80’sという感じのアレンジでした。今回奈美さんのソロ作品として配信するにあたって、もっとパーソナルな印象になるよう楽器を差し替えたり、ミックスを変えたりしました。アレンジの話はまた後日もっとディープな話をしようかと思います。



Tomorrow, on Oct 7th, 2022, Nami Nakagawa’s ‘ちきゅうのこども (Children of the Earth)’ will be released! Hurrah!
So I will talk about the details that I wrote this song though some are mentioned in the interview video with Nami. (Interview video is here: https://youtu.be/NakSE5vYKgE)
The original ‘Children of the Earth’ was one of two songs which I wrote for her produced ‘West Japan Torrential Rain Charity CD 'AI (Love)’. Nami requested this song to be the center which expresses the purpose of the CD and according to the request, I wrote this song. The song is assumed to be sung by various artists and to be charity song so I didn’t add too technical elements and intended to be the melody repeatedly, which anyone can remember easily, once listening to. And chord progression is very classic style, standard vocal song as well.
About song arrangement, Nami’s request was the similar style with super famous charity song, ‘We’re the World’, so the original version based on the 80’s style arrangement. This time the song will be delivered as Nami’s solo song, to be more personal, I replaced some instruments and changed mix style (more vintage style!). Later on I will talk more and deeper about arrangement.
Wait till tomorrow’s song release!

You can access with your favorite streaming service from the URL below.