It’s an incredible coincidence!
I had a weird dream last night – I dreamed that I was leaving a country and had to cross the border. I took an unknown path that other people didn’t know about. I conquered a very high cliff and wasn’t afraid of the altitude at all. When I reached the peak I saw a crowd of people on the ground who decided to follow me. Then I finally crossed the border and saw another path that could bring me ever higher. I took that way and a beautiful country with lakes and green plants appeared in front. In the morning, I wondered wether this dream had a meaning or not, and the Universe has sent me the answer!
I’ve got an email from my good Moscow friend today who said that I remind him the character of the Rudyard Kipling’s ‘The Explorer’. Now I am surprised how similar the meaning of this poetry is to the dream I had last night!..
…Such a coincidence…
Photo of me wearing my T-shirt with an embroidery in the shape of the seismological graph of the earthquake that caused that horrible tsunami in Japan in 2011. Photo taken by Satoru Kuroiwa and edited by me.
On the 16th of March, I performed at a Japanese charity event organised by GAKUNOWA, a London Japanese community. I choose red and white clothes for this event to symbolise the Japanese flag. Also I was wearing a T-shirt featuring the seismological graph of that strongest earthquake that caused tsunami in Japan in 2011. I designed those T-shirts and produced them with my mates Linda Wagner and Sathyaprakash Jyan at Heriot-Watt University, School of Textiles and Design, in Scotland.
Thus my performance implied 5 messages:
・the introduction speech: ‘Disasters remind people that our planet is alive and that we have to care about our nature. I am going to sing a song in the name of our Mother Nature.’
・the embroidery of my T-shirt in the shape of the earthquake that caused tsunami
・my red and white outfit in the colours of the Japanese flag
・my song ‘The Voice Of Nature’ with a volcano eruption sample in the middle part
・final message: ‘Be a piece of the world for peace in the world.’
Have you ever heard Madonna’s hit ‘Like a virgin’ in Russian? Of course, NO! Because I am the first one who has done it! 🙂
I saved almost the whole meaning of the English original, as I hate when singers do covers in their first languages by writing absolutely different lyrics.
My brother redesigned a bit the backing track to make it sound more up-to-date, and then I decided to increase the speed of the backing track to make my vocal sound brighter and the song faster.
Now you have a chance to hear what ‘Like a virgin’ sounds in Russian like by Flaviyake.
Recorded by Johannes Heel.
When I was a teenager, I had some mysterious dreams about Madonna. In those dreams we were in Great Britain, where she would always take my hans and show me the right path saying: ‘Go ahead!’ I interpreted those dreams as signs of my destiny, and that’s why I am in London now. So, with this cover, I want to show my respect to Madonna.
When I practice my songs with choreography I have to split the rehearsal in two days in order to practice all of them, because I find it too much for my voice to repeat each song several times in order to improve movements. ‘The Magic Hit’ is the trickiest one, as there are no gaps in my vocal part and dancing at all, which always makes me thrifty on stage.
Practicing choreography without singing is not an option, as it feels absolutely different, while the memory of feelings is very important for a live performance…