Monday, May 12, 2008

Show 730 Monday 12 May

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Hi, I’m Sarah. Welcome to The Daily English Show.
A couple of weeks ago I went to a gig in Kutchan and I really enjoyed it. It was the first time I’d seen live music in quite a while. It was an artist called KGM. And he played the guitar and sang.
He’s from Sendai and this was his first time performing in Hokkaido and his first time performing in a skateboard bowl too.
A woman called Chihiro also sang with him she had a beautiful voice and she sang a Bob Marley song too which was awesome.
After the concert they kindly agreed to do an interview. And I asked them some questions in my broken Japanese. The first thing I asked KGM was: How long have you been playing the guitar?

I’ve been playing the guitar since I was at junior high school, since I was about 12 or 13.


Kia Ora, in Stick News today a 67-year-old woman faces negligence charges after a hit and run in Tokyo that left an elderly woman with a broken leg.

Since last July, it’s been illegal to ride bicycles on most footpaths in Japan.
A 67-year-old woman has just been charged with gross negligence resulting in injury and violation of the Road Traffic Law.
In January, she was riding a bicycle on the footpath in Asakusa, Tokyo when she hit an 84-year-old woman who was walking.
The 84-year-old was on her way to visit Sensoji Temple and suffered a broken leg in the accident but Mainichi news reports the woman on the bicycle failed to stop to help her and fled the scene.
The 67-year-old told police she was in a hurry to go to a karaoke bar.

And that was Stick News for Monday 12th of May.
Kia Ora.

conversations with sarah
#444 How long does it take to write a song?

Step 1: Repeat Sarah’s lines.
Step 2: Read Sarah’s lines and talk to KGM + Chihiro.

Sarah How long does it take to write a song?

KGM すごいかかるやつは3年かかって、すぐ出来るのは一日で出来る。 バラバラですね。
The songs that take ages, three years and ones that I do quickly, I can write in a day. It really depends.

Sarah Are the audiences very different in the places you’ve played?

KGM それぞれ土地(によって)、色が違うんですよね。 
Yeah, the atmosphere is different depending on the area.

Hokkaido audiences seem shy but also lively.

Sendai audiences are just shy.

And if you go to the West Coast, they’re not at all shy. They’re like, “woo hoo”.

In Hokkaido they listen carefully and they’re enthusiastic, they’re warm.

Sarah How much do you use the internet to help your music career?

KGM 東京じゃないところに住んでいる自分としては、すごくありがたくて、
I don’t live in Tokyo, so I really appreciate it.

There’s a lot of information on the internet, but I think if you put the effort in, it’s possible to use it to promote yourself.

すごく重要な。 何て言うんだろう、ちゃんとツールとして活用していきたいなと思いますね。 すごいです。 ネットはすごいです。
It’s very important. I really want to use it to help my career. The internet is great.

Sarah What’s your dream?

KGM ちゃんと自分の好きな歌を歌って、それでいてCDもちゃんと広がって、ていう状況。 
I want to keep singing what I want to sing and selling my CDs,

keeping true to myself and not selling out.

I want to try many different things so that I can keep making the music I want to make.

Sarah How long have you been singing?

Chihiro ちっちゃい頃から歌うのは好きだったんですけど、
I’ve enjoyed singing since I was a child,

but I didn’t start singing in front of people until when I was at university.

I started out performing with friends at events at clubs and it went from there.

Sarah Are you a Bob Marley fan?

Chihiro そうですね、3年くらい前に神奈川県の湘南の方の葉山っていう所があるんですけど、
Yes. Three years ago, in Kanagawa, at a place called Hayama, in Shonan,

そこの海の家で毎年やっていた「ボブ・マリー ソングスデー」っていうのがあって、
they have an event there every year called Bob Marley Songs Day.

And I entered the contest. They have a band

and the contestants can sing any Bob Marley song they like.

And if you win, the prize is a trip to Jamaica.

And I entered the contest and ended up getting the trip to Jamaica.

I met a lot of people through that.

It was a great opportunity and a wonderful experience so a lot of Bob’s songs bring back memories of that time.

Sarah How was Jamaica?

Chihiro 自分としては南国でゆったりしているのかと思ったら、
I thought it would be a very laid-back place because it’s a tropical island.

But it wasn’t really. Everyone was hungry, in a good way.

They were really full of life and energy and I thought it was a really vibrant country.

And wherever you went you could hear music.

Even in residential areas they had all-night parties with really loud music.

That was going on everywhere and that really surprised me.


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