Song of the day: Ayumi Hamasaki – "Daybreak"

November 3, 2011

Today’s post is a two-for-one deal, as the second song reminded me a lot of the first one, and I feel compelled to play you both. Time to explain…

I recently listened to a song called “Drawer” by American band Summercamp. It opens their 1997 album Pure Juice. The song is in the time signature of 12/8, which is not all that common in music that isn’t prog rock. (It’s made up of eighth-notes, but instead of a bar consisting of counting “one-two, one-two, one-two, one-two” each bar counts “one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three, one-two-three”.)

“Drawer” sounds like this:

Summercamp – “Drawer” (1997)


Because of its time signature, “Drawer” reminded me a lot of today’s featured song:

Ayumi Hamasaki – “Daybreak (2002)


I must admit that I’m not especially keen on Ayumi’s vocal, er, stylings (all that breathy, groaning nonsense that young female singers like to utilise in order to sound more “emotional”). The thing for me about “Daybreak” is the music – I love it. (When I first heard this song I played it ten times in row.)


Musical coincidences # 139

November 3, 2011

Today’s coincidence is tiny, tiny, tiny, and involves two not-terribly-well-known artists – but that ain’t gonna stop me letting you know about it.

Tiny vocal melody fragment 1:

Summercamp – “Nowhere Near” (1997) (excerpt)


Tiny vocal melody fragment 2:

Roger Klug – “The Day I Had My Brain Removed” (2009) (excerpt)


The full versions:

Summercamp – “Nowhere Near” (1997)


Roger Klug – “The Day I Had My Brain Removed” (2009)


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