David Myhr - Soundshine

David Myhr song “IROHA” gets lots of airplay rotation in Japan

Posted: April 18th, 2011 | Author: | Filed under: post | 1 Comment »

I’ve been following the shocking news about Japan ever since the earthquake took place on March 11. It is almost unbelievable what has happened and it’s such a terrible tragedy and my thoughts and deepest concerns are with all my Japanese friends and with the whole Japanese people. I imagine everyone in Japan going through the hardest of times and I’m very, very sad about the terrible effect it has had on the whole country and my thoughts are with all of them every day! For me Japan has a very special place in my heart, not least since I  through the years have had the wonderful opportunity to have found an audience for my music there. But most of all since I have found so many wonderful and unbelievably kind people there. I can’t even begin to describe the warmth, kindness, gentleness, humbleness, and all other (positive) words ending with -ness that I’ve met there.

It’s such a strange feeling worrying about worldly things like songwriting or what flat screen TV to buy when you see the tragedy that has affected so many lives and families.

Still – no matter how hard it seems – life has to go on… we all have to try to go back to our every day routines even if it seems unimportant in comparison to the great tragedy. Because the worst thing that can happen is if we lose hope for the future.

It may not be an “everyday routine” but in my professional life as a songwriter the biggest joy has always been to see one of my compositions “get wings” and start to “fly”. This is what is happening right now with a song of mine that I wrote a few years ago when I used the then newly written little melody as material for an inspired recording session with students at the “studio musicians programme” at a university in northern Sweden called “School of Music in Piteå” serving under “The Department of Music and Media” at the “Luleå University of Technology”. (Ain’t that a catchy name for a school, by the way!?)

Anyway, recentely I had the pleasure of producing this particular song for a wonderfully talented Japanese artist called Miku Kakoi.

The single has now achieved some success on the Japanese radio air waves. Stations like North Wave, TOKYO FM, FM Ishikawa, FM Toyama, Gifu FM, radio 3, Kiss-FM, and Love-FM are picking up the single which of course is great news for me as a songwriter!!! I wish Miku Kakoi the best of luck with the release of her major 1st Full Album called “Raft”.

On the recording I had the pleasure of working with Andreas Dahlbäck on drums, Rikard Lidhamn on bass, and Marcus Black as a mixing engineer.

As the songwriter, and producer I took responsibility over the guitar, keyboards, and backing vocals department although I took quite a lot of inspiration from the original demo featuring the students at the studio musicians programme who at the time were Jonathan Lundberg, Joel Lindberg, Jenny Haglind, Erik Lund, and Rickard Tjernlund.

Thanks to everyone involved and fingers crossed for Miku Kakoi’s album in the small perspective – but also for the recovery of the whole Japanese nation in the big perspective!!!

Please enjoy a preview of the video at this link.

The song in my own interpretation will also be included on my upcoming album “Soundshine”!