Kawa no Nagare no Yō ni
Human Essence Sung by Absolute Diva: Misora Hibari
Inside and outside, we could often find expression like comparing ourselves to all kinds of Mother Nature between the earth and the space. It might be because that fills desire of regression civilized people have inside and be a sort of nourishment, or because it could be some purification ceremony to compare human to nature that is considered as a deity.
Anyway, Kawa no Nagare no Yō ni released in 1989 is a kind of the expression and the posthumous work of Misora Hibari who had been a celestial songstress in Showa era and passed away in 1989. The song is still so popular in 2013. That is to say, the song is a Japanese standard. Most of the people would say they have known the song even if they didn't know repertoires of Misora Hibari.
Whether the song is enka or pop music, it doesn't matter so much in Japan and many are familiar to the song. Firstly, between pops and enka, there is no musical difference like between black music and Latin music.
Misora Hibari had admired Akimoto Yasushi for writing the words. She said our life was like a river to flow to the sea finally, to Akimoto Yasushi the lyricist. However, song is song. There should be nothing to utilize good lyrics and comfortable melodies more than the power of the singer, for impressing people.
Comparing life to a river, singing the scene, Misora Hibari passed away in June of 1989, many Japanese felt regrettable.
She sang about human nature in the song, and it incidentally symbolized the end of Showa era. But it is under the destiny that someday people are going to forget after a great amount of time flows.
As long as there is essence owned by everything which must be with a flow of time, it could surely be kind of nourishment listening to Kawa no Nagare no Yō ni.
about Kawa no Nagare no Yō ni
・Written by Akimoto Yasushi
・Composed by Mitake Akira
・Performed by Misora Hibari
・Published by Nippon Columbia Co., Ltd.
・Released on January 11 1989
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