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Format: CD
Sku: 64014071
UPC: 804778010229
UPC 14: 00804778010229
Release Date: 9/20/2005
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Oborozuki Yo (Dreamy Moonlit Night)
2. Furusato (My Heart's Home)
3. Sakura, Sakura (Cherry Blossoms)
4. Momiji (Scarlet Leaves)
5. Takeda No Komoriuta
6. Aiko's Lullaby
7. AKA Tonbo (Red Dragonfly)
8. Aogeba Totoshi (Song of Gratitude)
9. Umi (Vast Sea)
10. Mimura nu Angwa (Girls from Three Villages)
11. Hatsu Yuki (First Snow)
12. Kirakira Boshi (Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star)
13. Hama Chidori (Plovers on the Shore)
14. Hagoromo no Komoriuta (Okinawan Lullaby)
15. Komoriuta (Japanese Lullaby)
16. Oyasumi (Goodnight)

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Personnel: Aiko Shimada (vocals); Elizabeth Falconer (koto).
Muze PNote Albums aimed at children can go two ways -- a few are sublime, but the vast majority go for the lowest common denominator, talking down to the kids and just being generally stupid. Without a doubt, Oyasumi falls into the former category. Singer/songwriter Aiko Shimada (who's been making a name for herself as a writer and performer) offers shimmering vocals on music from her native Japan, while Elizabeth Falconer (an American who fell in love with Japan) is an inspired and accomplished counterpart on koto. The material's drawn from a number of sources, some traditional, some more contemporary (including a beautiful Japanese version of "Twinkle, Tinkle Little Star" that brings fresh life to a tired old standard), and some original, with "Aiko's Lullaby" a real standout. But, truth to tell, there's little to choose between any of the 16 tracks here, as the standard is so high throughout. The arrangements are flawless, with Falconer inspired and endlessly inventive on her instrument. Where Shimada contributes guitar, it's subtle and often unusual, but fits perfectly with the song, and her vocals, almost whispered at times, create a lushness when double-tracked, managing the interesting trick of being full and spare at the same time. For Falconer, an avowed Japanophile, it's a way of exploring her passion; for Shimada it's a way to reclaim her heritage. That the two Seattle residents come together so well is excellent. That they make lullabies which aren't just for children, but that can also please and soothe people of every age, is a sure sign of success. ~ Chris Nickson

Producer: Elizabeth Falconer

Engineer: Scott Colburn

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Asian Dreamland

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 03/14/2002
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 2001
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : kotoworld
Music Label Name Label : CD Baby (distributor)
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00804778010229

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