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.
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
I’ve been humming “Songbird” all day long today. Not the one I sing on stage but Christie’s. Another incredibly sad news popped in on Instagram when I logged in today. My favorite artist Stevie Nicks posted earlier today.
Christine McVie, a member of Fleetwood Mac passed away on November 30th at the age of seventy-nine. It’s hard to lose a band member you’ve been together with for a long, long time. Stevie and Christie’s been together in Fleetwood Mac since 1975, that means they’ve worked together for 47 years!! Earlier this year, I lost my very special friend and singing partner for almost 40 years. It still breaks my heart to try to sing the songs we used to sing together.
Christine McVie’s “Songbird” was a song SHIME, my musical partner in BROKEN ASHES loved and, he wanted me to record it in our album back in 1999. As a result, we didn’t because we were already planning to record “I Don’t Wanna Know” from the same album “Songbird” was in. The fabulous Fleetwood Mac album, “Rumours” (1977). But I remember recording a demo of the song.
I was still a kid when this album was released but even back then, I was familiar with the hits on the two albums, “Fleetwood Mac” and “Rumours”. But back in the ’80s when I started my career as a musician, I was always listening to the two albums all the time. And later in my career, I recorded “I Don’t Wanna Know” (BROKEN ASHES) with SHIME and “Rhiannon” on my “Both Sides Now” album.