MONDAY MICHIRU NEWSLETTER -- April 2007
11/18/2017 6:22:13 AM - Where is Spring? Here in New York, it is still FREEZING! But people have sent me pictures of the cherry blossoms in Japan giving me a little taste of what we will hopefully be enjoying in our parts as well. My Yoshino cherry tree in our front yard still haven't shown their buds at this point...

My latest news:

NEW ALBUM PROJECT FOR RELEASE IN JAPAN ON JULY 4th! -- Yes, you read it right! I actually have a blog up on my main website under the News section about this and perhaps some of you may have already read about it, but I have been asked by Geneon in Japan to make an album entirely of covers which I am very excited about! It'll be released just in time for our tour there in July! The album title, after the namesake Style Council song which is amongst those covered for this project, is "My Ever Changing Moods." We are planning something fun and unexpected for the album jacket which will either make you smile, blush or exclaim "Oh my..." (in positive and negative ways!) -- I don't want to give it away quite yet so as not to ruin the surprise. The other songs slated to be included are also listed up in the blog so check it out. And for my top "Flow" project participants (Executive Producer, Gold, Silver and Bronze), I will be including this in the packages to make them that much sweeter.

For more on the covers projects, check out:

http://www.mondaymichiru.com/news.aspx?ID=652

As well as a photo gallery of the most recent recording for the project we did on March 27 & 28:

http://www.mondaymichiru.com/gallery.aspx

J-WAVE 25 PROGRAM AIRING ON APRIL 22, 25:00-26:00 -- The Japanese radio station J-Wave, which I have hosted several programs for over the years since its inception in 1988, asked me to host a program for their J-Wave 25 series which they have entitled "Monday Michiru Presents 'Family Springtime Stroll In New York' " -- although Spring was definitely on break and it was FREEZING!! The cute part is that Nikita is my "featured guest" and you can hear his little voice squeaking here and there. Here's a link to check it out:

http://www.j-wave.co.jp/original/jwave25/

"FLOW" PROJECT UPDATE -- At this point, I am heavy at work programming and helping to coordinate for my husband's recording, as well as the covers project for Geneon all recording in May, so the truth of the matter is that I am putting composing for the "Flow" project on the back burner at the moment. Come June I anticipate getting to work on a little writing, as well as learning a new program on the new version of Abelton to prepare for the upcoming July tour. I anticipate from the latter half of August on to really start doing the heavy duty writing, arranging, programming and brainstorming.

For my Japanese Flow Vocal Participants, the translation work on Vocal Lesson #2 is finally done and is ready for you to download. Thank you for your patience! As noted in the package description, I will be conducting a q&a on anything you would like to ask or know about pertaining to singing, so please feel free to ask away!

Also, I was in one of my cold-day lulls and while goofing around on the computer found the link to making customized m&m's. For those of you who know I have a severe sweet tooth, especially when it comes to chocolate, combined with my initials (MM = Monday Michiru), and my alias project I did back in 1996 M&M Productions, I thought it would be fun to make my own m&m's, which I did! I'll be including little packets of these to my top level Flow participants :-) But of course for those who receive it, the question is: Do you eat it or keep it? I say eat it!!

ARTISTS' INSPIRATIONS -- I think I can speak for most artists when I say that we inspire each other, and lately I have been getting notes from various visual artists who say that they have created something inspired by a song I've done. One is by Chicago artist Stacie Bowie called "The Right Path" which she says was inspired by my song "Philosophy Road" from the Routes album. You can check out her work here:

http://www.stacybowiedesigns.com/Ms2A.path.html

And speaking of inspirations, I'm really digging the new 4 Hero album "Play With the Changes," especially the track "The Awakening" featuring one of my favorites, spoken word artist Ursula Rucker making a strong mark yet again.

VERITA BLOGS -- Since a couple months ago, I have been writing blogs again for the Japanese online community Verita. Whimsical nonsense things really, but if you want to check it out, go to:

http://blog.veritacafe.com/ny/

ETC -- Working on potential dates in Russia and Detroit over the summer, and have some other things up my sleeve that hopefully I'll be able to announce soon. On the personal front, my son is getting promoted to the 7th level in kids taekwondo at the end of this month, a purple belt!! Very proud of him. I've also been working on a 1000 piece puzzle which I'd bought for my son but have since taken over; as frustrating as it is, it's nice to take some time off from work and sit trying to fit the pieces every day. It's a great de-stresser and beats TV any day. Another of my latest passions is the Japanese anime "Death Note" which my friend introduced me to (damn her!!) which I've watched every episode of on You Tube and suffer through withdrawal attacks for a week while I anticipate the next episode. Really great stuff, not appropriate for young kids for sure.

And finally I want to thank Hiroshi Yanagihara who has agreed to help me with all my translations that you're seeing on the Japanese side of my website. He's doing a great job and is much appreciated by your's truly.

Thanks for reading, and hope you guys are enjoying the 61 days of March!!! (As in where is the warmer April?!)
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