In addition to her original songs, Tokyo based singer-songwriter Saho Terao (寺尾紗穂) has been singing modern versions of Japanese children’s songs or nursery songs from various places she once visited.
This year she released a compilation of those songs, and named it “Watashi no Sukina Warabeuta” (わたしの好きなわらべうた), which means “My Favorite Nursery Songs”.
The first single, “Nanakusa Natsuna”, is a prayer song for harvest and our health. Bassist Wataru Iga thought of Afrobeat-like bass arrangement, and drummer Reisaburo Adachi added characteristic synthesizer beats.
With Saho’s healing voice, it sounds a bit like Björk’s tribal masterpieces.
“Children’s songs have been changing because someone would modify the melody or lyrics in each era. These songs have no rules,” Saho said in a Mikiki interview.
With that in mind, she arranged them freely, according to the atmosphere of the current times. It might be the natural way of succession for these songs.