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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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2009-06-24 at 07:50:29
Hi Masao! I love your music, Awesome- Unique- Very Cool- I go on a mental journey form the first notes..."Takeda no Moriko Uta" one such song. It's a pleasure to meet you.
2009-06-24 at 05:52:21
Greetings from America! Love your wonderful music full of imagery of sound. Very beautiful, melodic, and creative. Inspiring rich experience indeed!!!! Wonderful to meet you. All the best to you always!
2009-06-24 at 04:22:29
2009-06-24 at 03:48:40
Dear Masao, Loving your music and style. Having a good listen. Thank you for the friendship. Kisses and blessings, Kim Kehala
2009-06-23 at 23:46:11
Thanks for the friendship. Greetings from Italy. FG
2009-06-23 at 19:26:28
Thanks for the friendship. It is nice to meet you. Luvasiagal
2009-06-21 at 21:06:18
Hi Masao,thanks for being Fans and Friends,nice music there!!!JoJo Wiese
2009-06-21 at 15:21:13
Hi Massao. Wonderful music!!! Wishing you a Great Sunday. Nikos
2009-06-19 at 19:29:33
We have some things in common. I was also born in 1951. I formed the group, Conjerti, Morreale & Dibley in 1971 and released an LP: Earth Free.It was re-issued this year on Void Records. We are both still writing and recording today.I guess It's in our souls. I don't have to tell you to keep it up, I know you will. Best Wishes, Sam Conjerti
2009-06-17 at 01:14:09
these are deeeep lyrics 2nd verse 'life is all about' iam alpha n omega said GOD some of us already know that they are the beginning n ending letters of the greek alphabet some of us already know that so to me GOD has to be the whole greek alphabet that abc 123 now take the letters in GOD G.O.D. adam even n go spell alphanumerically 7th english letter G 15th is O 4th is D 7+15+4=26 do you know what that mean GOD is the whole english alphabet too 26 of them that spooked the scooby doo out of me what about you
2009-06-16 at 12:49:32
Thank you very much my friend , i hope all the best to you, take good care, Thanos. New album "Decline Days" OUT NOW
2009-06-15 at 15:18:24
Nice to meet you Masao, like the music, keep up the good work Brendan
2009-06-13 at 13:41:39
Totally COOL music Masao!! Best wishes from Cornwall, UK - Rob.
2009-06-08 at 23:59:34
Hi Masao! Hope this finds you well. We are getting some airplay in The Netherlands lately. Kinda cool!
2009-06-08 at 16:03:04
Hi Masao, have a great day! I made it into the Featured Artist Showcase on the homepage, have a look :)
2009-06-05 at 18:17:32
Thanks Masao, have a great weekend!
2009-05-08 at 13:45:27
We dig hearing your songs in IMRadio's daily rotation! Thanks for supporting our new radio station! Peace, Veronica
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