It seems like yesterday when I was walking down Height/Ashbury in San Francisco, browsing Amoeba Records. For a buck, I happened to pick up a record that was barely touched, but was entirely in Japanese. It was on the Polydor label, probably made in the 70’s. Regardless, upon taking it home and playing it, I remember hearing something that I hadn’t heard much of - Japanese poetry set to music. The only other place I had heard this musical poetry was in a film called ‘Kwaidan’.
This random discovery allowed me to appreciate scores like Ghost In The Shell so much more. Even though these are far from similar, they contained the same musical spirituality, and I felt like I understood and appreciated the history behind the score by Kenji Kawai. Perhaps this, too, will allow you to understand why I talk about how great certain score composers are compared to others - it’s their ability to connect with something fundamental that gives them creative depth and power.
In addition, upon opening the LP, I noticed two coupons in the case. I scanned these and have posted them below. There’s something strange about opening old vinyl - sometimes, you get a part of someone, somewhere, during some time that you can’t quite grasp or understand. Somehow I’ve determined that I was meant to find that record to perhaps ponder the origin and history of this music.