Another new project is about to start!! I am starting a new “Music & Talk” event starting May! My very 1st guest will be my good friend Eiichiro Shirai. This will be a monthly project which will be held on the second Tuesday of each month at Stagecoach. I will have guests each month and there will be a discussion followed by a mini gig.
New video upload! It’s been a year since my singing partner SHIME passed away. This was filmed back in 2008 from our gig. The song, “The Angels Rejoiced Last Night” was SHIME’s favorite tune. Whenever BROKEN ASHES (SHIME & Keiko Walker) performed we started off our show with this song. In our Reissue album, I picked this song to be published for SHIME.
Years and Years ago, when I was a child, my uncle, James Walker was an actor and a Country singer in Japan. I grew up listening to him sing country which led me to dream of becoming a country singer. When I became a professional singer, my uncle had already moved to the US, so we never had the chance to perform together. Since this year, 2023 is my 40th Anniversary year as a performer, I asked my uncle if he could join me in my shows. This will be the very first time to be on stage together!!! What a thrill♪
Just heard about the passing of Mr. Makoto Ayukawa of Sheena ＆ The Rokkets. His wife, the lead singer Ms. Sheena passed away in 2015. I had the pleasure of meeting Ayukawa san several years ago and connected on Facebook. As I recall seeing posts on Facebook of him performing until recently, this was a shock to me.
My first live this year on the 15th was a lot of fun! Thank you to all that came to see us! My next show at Stagecoach will be on February 26th! February is my Birthday Month so it’s going to be a special one!
For the last two days, when I started up my computer and scrolled my Twitter timeline, I was really sad to read the news about the loss of three famous people in a row. I personally don’t know them but it’s really sad they had to leave this world so fast.
First it was Mr. Jeff Beck. I knew his name since when I was small but in the year 2000 when he released his album “You Had It Coming”, I was thrilled! I love this album. In the past ten years or so, I’ve been singing “Rollin’ and Tumblin’ on my shows and it’s always fun.
昨日はまずジェフ・ベックの訃報。。。 子供の頃から名前はもちろん知っていたしギターも耳にしていた。 でも2000年にリリースされた「You Had It Coming」を聴いた時、素晴らしいな～と思いました。 ここ10年くらいは”Rollin’ and Tumblin'”をジェフベックのヴァージョンでステージで取り上げています。
And yesterday after knowing about Jeff Beck, another news popped in. It was about the passing of Tatjana Patitz, she was one of the Super Models in the ’80s~’90s. I remember reading Vogue, Bazaar, Cosmopolitan, all the fashion magazines and she was one the top models on the covers along with my favorite models, Christy Turlington, Claudia Schiffer and Cindy Crawford! She was only 56…too young to go.
I still remember this issue very well from 1992. Tatjana is the one in the middle.
And then again today, the shocking news about Lisa Marie Presley. Elvis Presley’s only daughter. She was only 54. I just saw the movie “Elvis” and saw Lisa in a photo with Austin Butler who played Elvis.
そして今日はエルビスプレスリーの一人娘、Lisa Marie Presleyの訃報。 ついこの前エルビスの映画を観たばかり、彼女が主演のAustin Butlerと写真に写っていたのを見たばかりでした。 Tatjanaに続き、同年代の訃報はかなりド～ンと重いものを感じます。
Got this photo from our friend and my former band member and a writer, Mr. Byrd Shirai. This was a photo I’ve never seen before. Brings back lots of memories of that night at my live!! I even had my classmates that visited from the states there to see my show for the first time.
昨年終りに長年の友人で、元Keiko Walker & The Hot Street Bandのメンバーでもあり、 私達のアルバムのライナーノーツを書いてくれているライターの白井英一郎が、送ってくれた写真
It’s always so much fun to sing Emmylou! We did a new set of songs from our Vol. I live. Songs I used to sing when I was younger and songs we’ve never done before. Still haven’t covered half of her albums so this series hopefully continues(^_-)-☆
November’s been a tough month for me with my asthma and a family member being hospitalized. Oh, and the flat tire and all But hopefully, December turns out to be a better one with some Christmas Spirit