坂井泉水 死去

So many memories…

Sakai_izumi
I learned of Izumi’s death about an hour ago and I am still stunned, in disbelief.  ZARD singles and albums are sure things in life.  When I got back into Japanese pop music in 1995 I was well aware of ZARD.  In fact I was innundated by images of Sakai when I first visited Japan in 1993 because “Forever You” was just released.  Huge billboards with the ethereal, enigmatic image not unlike the one I found and posted along with this very post.
I was not aware of her illness and don’t care to speculate on what kind of a future she would have had without this needless accident.  A half dozen J-melodies float around my head at any given time and sometimes it’s the sounds of classic ZARD: Yureru Omoi, Makenaide, and my all-time favorite, Anata wo Kanjiteitai.  Unforgettable stuff.
There will be a multitude of tributes in the following days and I am sure there will be endless CD anthologies marketed this year to a saddened and vulnerable fanbase.  So it goes…
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