This song is literally the first step in America for me. I had been in Japanese music industry for 17 years but I decided to leave my country to achieve my “Share the American Dream Project”.
It is really a work from ZERO, I had no friends, no connection, even hadn’t been in NY ever in my life till coming to NY for the first time in February 2016.
I had been unfamiliar to American pops at all, so just started all the observation about American culture, music or how American (maybe New York) people live and think.
Japanese people are probably the most polite, punctual and trustworthy tribe, so it was too difficult to understand that some people break promises so easily for example, actually 7 musicians canceled my recording and I had to find others each time! I know that was super unlucky and was also good learning but I never experienced the cancelation from musician at all.
So I was shocked and confused too much. (Now I understand its good part and bad part. Everything has both sides.)
And situation about relationship is also too difficult to understand for me, it’s too different from Japanese!
I still don’t understand, and get confused so often. I cried over so many times both in work and in private.
But then I got some new learning from those experiences.
And this song was born.
It represents my very real decision that I can’t let unfair things into my garden(means heart or life), I have to protect myself from them as a guardian of my own, take care of the beautiful flowers, weed the bad one, sew the seeds I want in my life in the future and invite birds and butterflies(mean good friends).
I now feel very grateful and thankful to all my experiences even some of terrible ones, which became such a beautiful song!
I also wrote another new song called “Jungle” in the same EP soon after this song was born.
It’s more literally tells that “survive the jungle” with very rock’n roll taste. Sorry for too long story but this is really a first page of my adventure in NY.
Spotify link to the latest EP “Angel in the Garden”
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