Waltz in the Starlight
The Enka Ballad for Our Starless Love Affairs
When we cannot find any stars in a night sky, how should we think of love? Listen to Waltz in the Starlight, an enka song by Sen Masao. And it becomes an answer.
Starless night forever holds us. They all hide away and instead city lights give us its blink like the fake. Moon shines somehow seeming kind of lonely. How should we treat our sorrow and longing under a starless night sky? Where have stars gone?
A Japanese enka singer Sen Masao released Hoshikage no Waltz, meaning Waltz in the Starlight, in March of 1966. They say Japanese enka took root in 1960s which Waltz in the Starlight was published and became so popular. And the song tells stars have helped our unbearable minds for a long time.
Man loves someone. Sometimes, the love could between the two. In other words, they love each other and it is rightly called a kind of happiness. But it is also true that there are some couples who cannot keep living together in just love, on occasion. Loving a man does not always mean keeping on living with the one.
In Waltz in the Starlight, it is written that a couple took notice of the truth. They decided to be apart although the two were in love. My heart is never cold. Sen Masao repeatedly sings so. For the minor melodies and his singing, we surely feel painful. It looks the effect could have cross the border because the song has been very popular also in China and Taiwan not just Japan.
Because of our air pollution and urbanization, stars are almost lost in the sky. The darkest shadow swathes our night. So it helps our longing to hear Waltz in the starlight. Under the fictional starlight, we can easily long for someone or wish upon them in nighttime.
・Written by Shiratori Sonoe
・Composed by Endoh Minoru
・Performed by Sen Masao
・Published by Minoru Phone Records
・Released on March 24. 1966
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