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1.  Review: Rockin' one!!!
Song Name: Tears For Life
Date: 2010-07-28 05:36:31
Reviewer: Jasmine Brown


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Masao Tonari is an Japanese Composer/Keybordist

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About Masao Tonari

Masao Tonari,a Japanese keyboard player and composer, was born in Hiroshima in 1951. In 1971,he formed the rock band DATETENRYU in Kyoto who's original style had a great influence on the rock scene at that time. His compositions contained a combination of many unique elements never heard in Japanese rock before;mysterious,psychedelic,rhythmical and soulful. 1stAlbum Masao Tonari "hohobun no suimyou" is going to be Oct 2007 in japan on the label banana songs. Masao Tonari from Kyoto based band Datetenryu since 1971 who is one of the most important progressive rock band in Japanese Rock 'n' Roll history. The mysterious profundity, aesthetic, psychedelic, a beat, animism. Masao Tonari has got high evaluation in showing Japanese sounds with his original idea and power of expression.Finally, he releases the first studio recorded solo album which he made with versatile guests


This piece of music was inspired by a visit to Daigo-ji temple in Kyoto with Naoko Arai;a chromatic harmonica player,Yoshihiko Kitamura a studio technician and me, Masao Tonari when I was 32years old. A priest informed us that there was another temple that we could find if we climbed up the steep mountain. We climbed there with curiosity. The sound of the temple bell on the top of the mountain made a deep impression on my heart that day in the winter of 2005. More information about Daigo-ji temple: On that day, we recorded Naoko playing her harmonica in the grounds of the Juntei-do, Kamidaigo in Daigo-ji temple. I requested her to play it with her free feelings in a range ofC,D,E,G,A,C,D and E. It took over 1 year for me to complete this piece of music based on her harmonica track. I had to study her breathing and to understand her uniquetempo, but it only took a half day to finish the piece with my own input, which was mostly ad-libbed. In the field recordings you can hear many natural sounds such as the drifting wave sounds in Kurahashi shima: The sounds of hammering on a construction site in Onomichi. The acoustic guitar sound produced by a Kurzweil K-2661 synthesizer. And if you listen carefully you might be lucky enough to hear the soft voice of a Japanese woman whispering the words,‘Yoroshiku onegai shimasu' a polite greeting. Masao Tonari

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2009-10-31 at 18:01:52
Hello there! Keep up with the great tracks! :)
2009-10-30 at 20:01:03
Very good work.I like it very much!
2009-10-27 at 03:40:55
set yourself to shake and move those around you...Free to influence the world in some simple to travel to the four corners of expression
2009-10-24 at 06:09:07
TELL EVERY ONE ABOUT IMRadio -- Got to thinking. What if each of us independent musicians told our family, friends, fans and acquaintances about, how besides the main station, it has stations for each of the states individually, 52 countries, and just about every musical genre -- reaching any internet connection around the world. We could tell them in person, on the internet or at small or large venues. Anyone we tell would appreciate the convenience of such good music from independent musicians on their computer. It would be such a good way to help all of us reach even more listeners. With IMRadio, we aren't just waiting at the mercy of some major label to decide whether or not they will let us be heard around the world. There are enough of us that the outreach could be exponential. And, wouldn't it be a great way to say 'thank you' to Paddy and all of the other fine folks who have put on the world's musical map. They have put in money, time, energy and dedication, and all they have asked of us in return is to upload our music and profile. I am sure that they have great plans to publicize IMRadio and bring it to even more listeners. In the meantime, through, wouldn't it be great if we could all help a little by just taking a little time each day to tell family, friends, fans and acquaintances about IMRadio. It wouldn't cost a dime, just a little time. Yours, in Musical Solidarity, Paul.
2009-10-05 at 21:36:58
"From I had a dream to keep hope alive, to yes we can these days we'll survive, we will thrive, he won't leave the people behind - From a Bush Abomination to ‘ObamaNation,’ (soon) you can ask you can tell, take off the mask you can yell, from a Bush Abomination we take back our nation, Obama Nation, the American Nation...” Please give a listen to our new reggae/rock/folk song "ObamaNation” [Davies Dawn Music, BMI]. If you like it, spread the word. Thanks. Peace. Paul from Future Now.
2009-09-30 at 16:55:19
You're very welcome. Best wishes, Ham
2009-09-23 at 02:48:57
Hails from Canada, Masao. It sounds good over here! - Rick and Curt
2009-09-19 at 22:21:05
Hi friend. What's up? Have a great weekend. Ham
2009-09-18 at 20:08:15
Hi! Thanks for finding me on here! I love your sound! Great stuff! Take care, keep in touch and I wish you the best of luck. Peace, Kimmi
2009-09-18 at 18:57:40
Hi Masao Tonari.Thanks for your message.Greetings from Poland.Iza
2009-09-18 at 16:31:49
Japan!!! :) Someday we gonna be there,thanks for checking us out! SDS
2009-09-18 at 15:23:34
Hi Masao, Thank your very much for your comment and message of friendship. Nice work here !! All the very best for the future.
2009-09-16 at 04:32:53
Lovely music. It's so original, unique. You have a lot of talent.
2009-09-11 at 04:13:34
I notice that you are from Hiroshima! That's great to see that IMRADIO has gotten in touch with artists that far overseas! I've heard a bunch of rock music from Japan, but you're the first I've heard in your style! How do you get inspiration to write your music? ---Allisyn(:
2009-09-07 at 22:20:08
Wow Masao! You have great talent! Every one of your songs is absolutely beautiful! Keep in touch whenever you post up some new music! ---Allisyn(:
2009-09-06 at 00:20:15
Future Now thanks you for your great music; and for being a part of the ever growing creative community of independent musicians who are taking the opportunity, made possible by IMRadio, to reach 52 countries throughout the world.
2009-09-03 at 08:13:06
All Hail from PERSIA.
2009-08-28 at 09:19:49
2009-08-25 at 18:12:55
Thank you very much for your comment, it is a pleasure to be your virtual friend, greetings Ro
2009-08-23 at 22:24:08
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