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May 17, 2019

The fusion of two worlds in Hatsukoi, by Hikaru Utada

I am one of that kind of music lovers who do not settle for listening to music from a specific region or only the favorite genres. I like to investigate and know what they do in other cultures or subcultures. I usually marvel at the expressions of countries far from mine and with different ways of understanding and processing music. In many occasions, I do not understand what they are saying and I do not have time to search the internet for a good translation, but the musical language is universal and it is what first speaks to me and tells me things about those songs totally oblivious to what my culture and training have taught me. In all cases and of all the experiences that enrich me, I learn something new and, above all, I learn to appreciate the beauty in all expressions. Obviously, not everything I hear becomes automatic in my favorite; however, I keep all that learning to expand my understanding. French, Indian, Middle Eastern and Far Eastern music, Scandinavian, Eastern European, Greek, South American folklore and all those non-commercial currents of the countries that lead the most aggressive commercial penetration in the world that could be United States, UK and, Central Europe. Everything goes through my ears and to all those styles and genres I give them attention and respect equally. One of the things that characterize almost all these musical currents is the well-defined identity, either by genre or by the region of the world to which they belong. I suppose that it is not only the defense of a musical genre but also the feeling and pride of belonging to a culture. Show what you have and, the region where you were born and you learned to create music through your elders, perfect it, make it evolve and show it to the world. Everything is valid and extremely valuable; I believe that this defense of identity must remain between us forever. However, there are also artists who, due to different circumstances, embark on a mission that seems the most difficult in the musical arena: merging two worlds through your music. Penetrate successfully in the region of your ancestors with musical styles that do not belong to the tradition and, at the same time, impregnate with your culture your songs to reach those places that until recently did not know it with wrappings so attractive that They become irresistible and, in a short time they are adopted as their own, as if they had always belonged to that place where they are taken for the first time. That is the beauty of this artist that has no comparison. A singer decided to take to the country that inherited her roots and all that region of the world, a sample of the rhythms and styles of the West, presented with lyrics and interpretations that make them very familiar to lovers of Far Eastern music ; while, on this side of the Pacific Ocean, she opens our eyes to the sensitivity and beauty with which her culture enriches the western genres that she interprets to give them a refreshing and a different angle view. A well thought-out and balanced fusion that can only have one result for all her works: the love we all have for Hikaru Utada.

Written by @JorgeDiaz from Electro Arpegio

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