About Nakajima Miyuki
These are recent works (in age, the songs themselves may be from long ago), but people like me listen to them when we’re emotional.
Her famous songs from the past, such as “Kaware Uta” and “Akujo” and other songs with a parched feeling have familiarity.
The latter songs from after she became famous are prized internationally. The songs themselves have a depth and span that is totally different from her old songs. It’s wonderful.
“Kaware Uta,” Nakajima Miyuki
This is a video that is probably about 35 years old now. This is an introduction to the way ladies thought then.
“Chijou no Hoshi,” Nakajima Miyuki
This is a familiar song that was the theme song for NHK’s “Project X Chousensha-tachi.”
It’s an internationally famous song that had an incredibly long run.
You could even say that it’s the representative song of her later period.
In the MV as well, she thoroughly expresses her worldview. It resulted in an excellent performance.
Even if you look everywhere in the world there’s no one like this singer with her carefree, clear but hoarse voice.
“Kouya Yori,” Nakajima Miyuki
This was also made famous as a drama theme song.
This has an extremely powerful melody and it’s splendid. (Sorry that it’s rather old-fashioned.)
It has the characteristic texture of her stateless-style later period, and it’s one of her marked representative songs.
“Ichigo Ichie,” Nakajima Miyuki
From a worldwide point of view, its splendid song lyrics gather the Japanese sense of beauty.
It’s a very carefree famous song.
“Onshirazu,” Nakajima Miyuki
This is an MV that adequately represents her unaffectedness, the strength of her heart, and her coolness.
The melody has a pop feel to it, and when she intertwines the style of her early period into the song, it’s splendid.
However, she’s actually 60 years old here. I can’t believe it.
“Ai Dake wo Nokose,” Nakajima Miyuki
It’s a strong song with a message.
Would it be just as good if it were done by another singer?
I think these song lyrics require her abundant expressiveness.
Even if another singer mimics her, it’s definitely a song that can’t be replicated.
“Koyobi Uri no Uta,” Nakajima Miyuki (from “Yakai Vol. 16”)
This is familiar among her fans as one act from yakai, or evening party.
Though she was rather just a singer in her early period, she gradually became to act in a large-scale play about Japanese classics, traditions, and legends.
This was also one of her later works, and it has had a pronounced influence.
Who would think of the “Koyobi Uri no Uta” in the first place? (“Koyobi Uri no Uta” means “the calendar-selling song.”)
This is a work that shows off her genius.
“Jidai – Live 2010~11,” Nakajima Miyuki (From Tokyo International Forum A)
Though this is a song she released in her early period, in 1975, it’s scary how much like a different song it sounds like.
You can say this is proof of how the quality of her voice and her expressiveness have completely changed into something else since her early years.
Though it’s a short video, I hope you enjoy.