|1. Easy Crunch
2. Morning Haze
「Mouse Soup Suite」
3. Bees and The Mud
4. Two Large Stones
5. The Crickets
6. The Thorn Bush
7. Roi Katong
8. Calm Up
9. The Quintessence
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|The tempo of this number was medium at first. But the more often I repeated the sound to brush up the music, the higher the tempo became as though it had grown. I had to finish this music with new separate arrangement for the piano and the bass.|
|This music was written to cheer up a friend of mine who was under medical care in a hospital. When you concentrate for a composition, new dawn spreads on you before you know it. In the course of just about to finish, I noticed the haze was over the town of Tokyo and it was very impressive.
The music was presented to her successfully by a MD from the first live of this composition. Unfortunately she died in July of the same year. I still believe my thinking of her has reached the heaven.
| One day a present came from my sister-in-law in Canada. It was a kinder book with pictures. I think she chose it because the pictures were very lovely. Name of the book was Mouse Soup written by Arnold Lobel.
Reading through it, I found there were four stories very cleverly laid out. I liked this book very much particularly as there was no insisting teaching. Reading it was just like listening to some music in a CD. The main theme flows as undercurrent but the music itself transits along the stories. I very much wanted to make my new suite just like that!
The story is about a weasel and a mouse. They are only the characters.
A hungry weasel catches a story-reading mouse for his dinner and puts the mouse in a soup pan. The mouse appeals to the weasel "Wait. The soup will taste a lot better if you put some stories in it."
Weasel says to the mouse ''What about is the stories? Get going and tell me. I am terribly hungry''.
Now, the weasel has to listen for the stories.
|A beehive falls and sets on the head of a strolling mouse. There is no way to rid of bees. The clever mouse walks into a pool of mud saying it is his house and finally he dips under the mud water. The bees had to leave from the mouse head.|
|Two large stones on a mountain slope begin to wonder what might be there beyond the mountain ridge. They ask a flying bird to go and see what there is beyond the ridge. The bird comes back and tells them there is wonderful sight of towns, valleys and flowers. They feel quite unhappy. Then a mouse walks by. The stones ask the mouse same request. The mouse comes back and now tells the stones that the sight is as wonderful as here with earth and stones with flowers and grass. They begin to feel very happy now.|
|One night a mouse wakes up. A cricket is chirping. The mouse cannot sleep. The cricket insists it is nice music. The mouse says "No more!" The cricket thinks the mouse says "More!" Two crickets chirp together. Again, the mouse says "No more!" Now three crickets chirp. Before you know it, all ten crickets chirp together. The mouse now at last shouts a cry "Go away!." The crickets now go away saying, "Why didn't you say so in the first place." The mouse goes back to sleep.|
|An old lady comes out of her house crying. A policeman asks what's wrong. The old lady says a thorn bush is growing on her living-room chair. The policeman offers to rid of it. She cries further as she wants no harm to it and furthermore the bush seems to be sick as the branches are falling all over. The policeman notices the thorn bush is thirsty. The old lady waters the bush. The thorn bush shivers. Now come the green leaves, the buds and finally large roses. She is very happy and gives the policeman a big bunch of roses to take home.
There, the mouse told the weasel to put the stories in the soup. The weasel asks how he can get the stories in the soup. The mouse tells the weasel to go and get them. The weasel forgets to close the door when he runs out to get the stinging bees, gooey mud, the large heavy stones, crickets and the prickly thorn bush. When he returns, the mouse is gone for good.
|In Thailand, the night of full moon in November is the time of festivity in which they offer candled lanterns to the river. The festivity is called "Loi Katong." The lanterns are about 20 centimeters in diameter and decorated with full of flowers. At the center of it, lit are incense sticks and candles. They release the lanterns to the river.
Thais are very religious with Buddhism. They commemorate the dead by letting the ash float away on a lantern believing the dead can reach to the destination sooner, like we do so here in Japan. When my wife and I were visiting her parents, we happened to encounter the festival fortunately.
The reflection of lanterns and the moon as well the stars over the water of Chao Phraya was dreamingly pretty. Even now the scene reflects in the back of my eyelids. I had to take the unforgettable scene into the composition. The design on the BOZO jacket is the lantern of Loi Katong.
| Living in Tokyo one cannot help being among congestion of people. In that, I sometimes feel as though the noise suddenly becomes music as a sound. Each acts in each way but still within a rule. Like all cross the road when the signal is green. Looking at such motion of activity, the noise suddenly jells up to an atmosphere of quietness. I wanted to explore such expression in this number.
The word "calm up" is our own make. When this number was made, I told my members about the exploration. Mr. Minami reflected soon enough "A word Calm Down means Quiet Down. How about a word Calm Up? "
|The number is by Quincy Jones. In its original number, Phil Woods, the alto saxophone player is featured. There are albums of same name also. My seniors taught me about the albums while I was in a college. Nevertheless, the performance was so wonderful and I donﾕt know how many times I sat through in enchantment. I had to put it at the very top of the repertory list when BOZO was organized.|
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