MONDAY MICHIRU NEWSLETTER - Happy New Year!
7/25/2017 6:41:24 PM - "New Beginnings" -- this is the tune and concept I started with in the Spring (first of four) installment of my "4 Seasons" project in the new millenium with nothing but hope and optimism in my heart for the future, confident that the pessimists were only paranoid as they faced an abyss of the unknown, stepping out into unsure footing, convinced they were about to be swallowed into the quicksand of their own doubts and fears.  Remember the hyped "Millenium Bug" that never happened?  

In a way, I feel this is a similar scenario we face today in light of the economic disaster that we are just in the beginning stages of.  If I am to be honest with myself, while I "tut tut" and "tsk tsk" at some blatant horrors and the greed that are just now coming into public scrutiny that's led us into this mess, I can't help but notice the materialism that's infected my life as well.  In reflecting the year 2008 and wondering what 2009 has in store for me and my family, I remind myself that if I pussy foot into the future with only caution, I go in already defeated and it will only bite me in the ass.  In a perverted way, this recession is necessary for us to step back and put more weight into our spiritual and mental development, to reanalyze and reprioritize what is truly important.  And so 8 years wiser (and close to maybe 8 pounds larger!), I again go forth with optimism in my heart.

New beginnings.

2008 was a very good year for me.  The beginning of the year saw me hard at work writing and working on the "Nexus" album, an ArtistShare project, which was completed in May and "released" in June, which also got picked up by the Japanese label Knife's Edge, a subsidiary of Pony Canyon, for its release in November throughout Japan which included a remix by label mate Jazztronik as well as my first PV in 8 years of the lead track "Sands of Time," the original which was produced by Kyoto Jazz Massive.

I went to Japan 6 times on various performances and tours that spanned the wide spectrum of what I've been graced to do, from a TV taping of a duet with my mother in Hiroshima marking yet another annual memorial to the atomic bombing during World War II, performing in various cities with both my band as well as my smaller set which included the "Diva 2008" performance at the Liquid Room with bird and Emi Tawata as well as my first time at the Billboard Live clubs, the awesome event in Takasaki for which not only was I honored to do a double header live with Jazztronik but also was witness to the convergence of top notch DJs and producers of Japan (Studio Apartment, Kyoto Jazz Massive, DJ Kawasaki, and Kei Kobayashi of Routine Jazz to name some) who did rotational DJ duty at 4 different venues, singing at the Harry Winston year end dinners, and ending with a rare PA live at the Body and Soul party held in Tokyo's Sumo Arena Kokugikan with Joaquin "Joe" Claussell, Danny Krivit and Francois Kevorkian.

There were the performances in the U.S. as well including SOBs-NY and first ever DC performance at the historical Bohemian Caverns marking the "Nexus" release, the Roots party commemorating King Street label's 15th anniversary with resident DJs Louie Vega and Kevin from Blaze, and the JSA Benefit held at Knitting Factory.  Overall, most of the performances were good, but some made me painfully aware of how much harder I have to work to better myself as a musician, singer and leader.  

Aside from my solo projects, I also had the honor of recording and collaborating in other artists' projects, which included a young artist from Nagoya named Brisa, yet another collaboration with Soul Source, a project by producer Kyoji Yamamoto (to be released this month) with guitarist Kazumi Watanabe in which we did a bossa nova version of a Kiss song, a couple of remakes which were released by Grand Gallery, Pax Japonica (label mate of Studio Apartment), new artist Designed People which will also see its release sometime in 2009, an original with Jephte Guillaume which promises to be a classic (I'm assuming for release close to the Miami Convention), and finally with a new friend from Spain whom I met on My Space who goes by Soulfeenix -- he had produced a track on my "Nexus" album, and for his project I got to sing the remake of the George Duke classic.  

Aside from music, the NHK production team in NY asked me to host two original programs entitled "New York Music Love" showcasing New York based artists which aired over the summer as well as the end of the year, and which they are hoping to get picked up for further tapings; at this point, it's looking positive.  

And now we are in 2009!!  At this point, I have dates lined up in Japan in April for my Nexus release tour at the various Billboard Live and Blue Note clubs as well as other venues in Japan, and am slated to do two nights at the Bohemian Caverns in D.C.  As the dates firm up, check out my website for my tour schedule.

There is no doubt in my mind that we have the power to make this year what we want it to be no matter what is going on in the world, and if anything, we can help things to become better, not just for ourselves but for the people around us.  So to you all, as always my gratitude and love for the support, and may you all have a positive and healthy year!

Peace!
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