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Welcome. This is a page for friends and family, not for public consumption. I didn't get it together to send out a message in 2006 or 2007 partly because I wanted to learn how to use a web page creation program and I never did. I had forgotten nearly all I learned about HTML and it just got to be too much. I also wanted to present some of my musical compositions that I had written in the year as a sort of musical diary, but I didn't feel there was anything sufficiently un-embarressing to show. Here it is two years later and I'm in the same position, so I think I just have to go for it, warts and all. I made some attempts at a page for 2006 but I can't remember what program I used and the html code is so complicated that when I tried to add more to it, it just became more of a mess, so here is the text of the 2006 message without the extras.
My apologies for putting all this into one big page, but it is the expedient way.


2006 Greetings

It's almost time for the fiscal new year so it is my last chance to get this 2005 end of year message out. I want to wish everyone a great 2006 and how better to do that than in song? So click to scroll down to my song I Wish You Happiness.
I had written a few paragraphs about world events and politics but I figured if you know me, you know where I stand.
Oh what the heck.

<flame>
Pessimism must be tempered with adaptability. These times are a test for everyone. Some may think that the massive loss of life caused by the natural disasters of the last 12 months might be Gaia helping herself by pruning the population back. That is crazy talk. The fact is, it hardly puts a dent in the rate of the population increase. The world adds about 75 million people to the population every year. The loss of 200,000 in the tsunami was made up for in one day of population growth. The resources going into the rebuilding are tremendous. If we could get the world to spend an equal amount on worthwhile causes like habitat recovery, real education regarding birth control and resource consumption we could make the world a better place for all and relieve a lot of misery. Let's hope some lessons were learned and the “haves” pay a bit more attention to the “have-nots”.

We still have three more years of Bush. Let's hope he doesn't alienate the rest of the world so much that all Americans everywhere become targets. Whatever version of Bush-lite the Republicans come up with in '08, be it McCain/Guiliani/Powel or whomever, will just be like fanning the flames of destruction with 40 gallon barrels rather than 50 gallon barrels. Let's work hard to bring the center back to the center and then we can work from there. When people see that half measures ain't cuttin' it, we can move again and hope that it is not too late.
</flame>

Whew! Got that off my chest.
For me personally, it was a year of ups and downs. I didn't leave the country in the winter to escape the allergy season like I usually do. That was probably a big mistake as it was one of the worst cedar pollen years in history. I ended up going to the emergency room at one point. This year is almost tolerable with only 20% as much pollen as last year. At any rate, I saved money and was able to buy an archlute and a new G5 dual 2.3G Macintosh computer. I bought MachFive and moved into the world of soft-samplers, entered the world of Skype and got a webcam.

The golden days of high paying entertainment gigs and lots of university classes appear to be gone forever. I and the other part time teachers were fired from Teikyo University in order that they can subcontract to a language school. We are tightening our belts and looking into actually implementing some of the many brilliant money making schemes I'm often coming up with. I joined a teacher's union and we've had some negotiations but they are unyielding. The next step is the Labor Board which should inconvenience them a bit.

The biggest thing for me in 2005 was staying with my commitment to compose every day. I count just mulling over what I've been working on for a couple of minutes or working on lyrics as composing, but I did at least something almost every day and that small investment of time brought several new songs and more gratification per minute than practicing the lute or any other activity I can think of. See my musical diary below for a listen.

Yukari started her own shop in November. She is making clothes and already has plenty of orders. It is just a small space and not expensive so it is an ideal opportunity for her to gain experience as a business woman. Please see the pics of her Chiyo Gallery.

Alisa is busy, as always. She went to Bali in October and Thailand in December for modeling. She will be 18 in April 2006. She has been picked up by one of the top music producers in Japan who is looking for young talent. She had the opportunity to write lyrics for several of his songs and will have her first live show April 2nd. She will graduate from high school in March 2007.

That's about it. Hope you had a great 2005 and will have a fabulous 2006.




2007 Message


In November Yukari moved her shop to a new location and is sole proprietor now. Before she was sharing with several other shopkeepers. She's been working hard and it appears to be a successful endeavor. Chiyo Gallery

Alisa did a concert in April. All the music was written by Nakazaki with words by Alisa except one piece which Alisa wrote the words and music to. Alisa 2006

As for me, although I lost the job at Teikyo University in 2005, I picked up several extra classes at Saitama University in 2006. I also got a new job at Seikei University from September (that is half way through the Japanese school year). This is the alma mater of the current prime minister.

I fell off my bicycle in September and hurt my wrists a little. I had to cancel a concert and reschedule it for later this month. (See the live schedule.) I find I do some of my best practicing when I am injured. One must rethink how to do things and play lightly.

I continue to write everyday. Even though my average is only about 15-20 minutes a day, I find the relentlessness of it keeps things in my subconscious and somehow progress is made.

No major purchases were made by me in 2006. I'm still feeling like the archlute and G5 are new. In fact, I've been trying to get rid of stuff. I've sold quite a lot of 'junk' on Yahoo Auction this year (Japan's equivalent to Ebay)
Miscellany of pics 2006



Lute videos


Fantasia in underwear
This is currently my favorite fantasia by Francesco da Milano. #30 in Ness's book. I just used the iSight's built-in mic. I must do it properly with the good mics and reverb someday.
 

Fantasia by Gregory Huwet

From A Variety of Lute Lessons published by Robert Dowland in 1610







Songs done in the last 2 years


I'm sure there is a way to make a frame with scrolling lyrics but I don't know how, so you'll have to scroll along for each song. These demos are all in my new simpler style and range from semi-rough to very rough.


I Wish You Happinesss
21st Century American
Help Me Get Over You
I’ll Remember You
Dark Times
What’s Wrong With Love?
I'll Tell You Something
Believe In You
Rock Band

I Wish You Happiness
Thanks to Jim Ediger for playing piano.


I wish you good fortune in all that you do
I hope you succeed in whatever you choose
And if you find love may it bring you true bliss
But most of all, I wish you happiness

I wish you good luck in all your endeavors
May you live a long life and your line last forever
And the joy that you know increase to excess
But most of all, I wish you happiness

There's so much to know
You can't know it all
There is so much to do
You'll never finish it all
But If you love your life
You'll be satisfied
Your life's surely blessed
I know you'll find happiness

Look back on your history, there's a meaning and shape
Your pathway is set from the choices you make
You can add up the tally of loss and success
But in the end it comes down to happiness

I hope you gain fame, A home, car and money
Friends and admirers, may your days all be sunny
But it's true what they say, you need none of this
You only need love, love brings you happiness

There is so much to know
You can't know it all
There is so much to do
You'll never finish it all
But If you love your life
You'll be satisfied
Your life's surely blessed
I know you'll find happiness
Your life's surely blessed
I know you'll find happiness

I wish you love
I wish you happiness
I wish you love
I wish you happiness
I wish you love
I wish you happiness
I wish you love
I wish you happiness
And If you love your life
You are truly blessed
I know you'll find love
I know you'll find happiness
I wish you love
I wish you happiness



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Lou Harrison may be spinning in his grave, but it is because of a love for his music that I chopped up, mutilated, added instruments to, wrote lyrics and rapped over his piece Xenotonality.

21st Century American/Xenotonality


What we’re saying
What we’re thinking
No war, no more,
no war
What we’re saying
What we’re thinking
No war, no more
No war, no more

Broken dreams, Make me scream
Potential’s there, They just don’t care
The top get more, the rest get poor
The Bush-league corps just want war-
Money for their rich-ass friends
In your face, they don’t even pretend
They got theirs, They say that’s enough
Go fuck yourself if you find it rough
 
New Orleans, a desolate scene
Where’s relief, clean water, and hygiene?
Making them wait ‘till they have to break
Into the stores just to survive
Entire ‘hoods under the sea
Not my problem, it ain’t me
Same old story over again
The rich get richer and the poor get children
 
What we’re saying
What we’re thinking
No war, no more
No war, no more
 
Know your self
gaze inside
face your hell
face your lie
Find a citadel
(and) Lock yourself away
Heal ‘till you are well
Come back when you’re okay

Repeat that lie again and again
Wrap it in the flag, that’ll get ‘em then
Build up the fear to a fever pitch
They won’t notice how your friends get rich

line your pockets with more profits
bleed the world from your office
take all the best from us
steal from the rest of us
Bottom feeding, bloodsucking, avaricious scumbuckets

taking anything that the Earth provides
Breaking everything corporations know why
Use it up, Do without, When in doubt, throw it out
Buy a new one, steal from someone We don’t need it anyhow

What we’re saying
What we’re thinking
No war, no more
No war, no war

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Another lyric with a double meaning.

Help Me Get Over You


My eyes are stabbed with a thousand pins
My head feels like it’s being beat in
Can’t comprehend a thing
Can’t focus my brain
I need a shot of suicide to terminate the pain

My torture climbs right up my spine
Just put me six feet under and that’s where I’ll lie
I can’t get any rest
There’s pounding in my chest
Give me something quick so I can disinfect this mess

Help me get over you
You’re making me sick
Let me be through with you
There must be a trick
There must be a key
That unlocks the box I’m in
There’s just got to be
A way for you to lose and me to win

I wasn’t depressed, wasn’t hurtin’ at all
Didn’t feel a thing till I got your call
You stung me with your dart
Went through to my heart
But you’re playing with my head trying to tear it apart

I’m totally helpless when you’re in my arms
I should have seen it coming, should have heard the alarms
When you’re gone I get scared
And it’s worse when you’re there
I Gotta find an escape, a way to wake from this nightmare

Help me get over you
You’re making me sick
Let me be through with you
There must be a trick
There must be a key
That unlocks the box I’m in
There’s just got to be
A way for you to lose and me to win

You made me want you more and more
Pummled me down to the killin’ floor
You brought me to my knees
Now I’m beggin’ ‘set me free!’
You pretend to be a lover, (but) you’re a vicious enemy
   


Let me hold you once more, maybe for the last time
I’m afraid it’s time to pay for all of my crimes
I just wanna be sane
And escape from the pain
I’ll soak up your love one final time and then I’ll die in vain

Help me get over you
You’re making me sick
Let me be through with you
There must be a trick
There must be a key
That unlocks the box I’m in
There’s just got to be
A way for you to lose and me to win



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I hope you can see the movie. I made it in iPhoto and iMovie. I got the pictures off the Internet. The chorus uses part of a melody from a 16th century lute piece called Black Cow set by Bálint Bakfark (probably composed by someone else).

I’ll Remember You

Thanks once again to Jim Ediger for playing piano.




Attraction grows, embrace this woman
May our springtime last forever
Don’t wait too long to find the moment
No time to lose, I must wed her
I’ve an instinct so strong
That our love will last so long
We will see forever together

Times of bliss are short in hours
But they last a lifetime in memory
No hardship can us overpower
Even times of war with our enemies
We will share one heart, even though apart
‘Till we’re back together in victory

Always, I’ll remember you
My heart ever will be true
Someday I’ll come back to you
Wait  for me. Wait till then   
Forever I will think of you
And the world that we knew
After all we must go through
I’ll be back in your arms again

Don’t dare to sleep in this nightmare
No relief, my watch ‘till the morning
Fatigue so deep, I’m unaware
They launch their attack without warning
As we rise to fight I see a burst of light
Then I’m lying watching the sky

I’m fading now, my pain is gone
But I feel you are lying beside me
Let’s walk together, hold on real strong
For I know my seed is inside thee
Though my body’s gone, life will carry on
And our child will be the best part of me

Always, I’ll remember you
My heart ever will be true
Someday I’ll come back to you
Wait  for me. Wait till then   
Forever I will think of you
And the world that we knew
After all we must go through
I’ll be back, back in your arms, in your loving arms again

Always, I’ll remember you
My heart ever will be true
Someday I’ll come back to you
Wait for me. Wait till then   
Forever I will think of you
And the world that we knew
After all we must go through
I’ll be back, back in your arms again

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What’s Wrong With Love?
(The stalker's tale)


Life in too small a town
Reality gets me down
Pretending to take a chance
Dreams of forbidden romance

Tell me what’s wrong with love?
Am I the one that you’re secretly thinking of?
Tell me what’s so wrong, what’s wrong with love?
We lie so low, why can’t we rise above?

Make an excuse to leave
We’ll go where no one will see
How long can we meet like this?
Stealing a furtive kiss

Tell me what’s so wrong, what could be wrong with me loving you
My Love’s so strong I’ll never, ever let go of you

If we run away today we can make it in the city I know, for sure
We can start a new life, it’ll all be all right, even though we’re poor

Illusions don’t last so long
It’s hard to keep carrying on
Give me some hope again
Feed me lies or more fantasy then

Alone together, just us two
There’s nothing I wouldn’t do for you, for you

guitar instrumental

Nights spent dreaming of you
Days with too little to do
Sometimes I still follow you
Just to see what it is you do

Tell me what’s wrong with my love?
Am I so low and you so high above?
I’m asking what’s wrong with love?
Can’t you see I’m dreaming my life away dreaming of us?


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Bush times means...

Dark Times
Alisa is singing high harmony


The dam is gonna burst
No question in my mind
It’s gonna get much worse
It’s just a matter of time
You better find high ground
No sense to hang around
Join the underground
Escape before you’re found
 You better beware
 We're living in dark times

The demons in our hearts
breed carnage all around
decline in all the arts
greed and crime abound
Someone, somewhere, some day
Will find what we create
Rebuild what’s been erased
And wonder what was hate
 They’ll say we were living
 living in dark times

Hang on to your happiness
Hold on to your hope
Someday fate will favor us
Just when I don't know
Believe me now, we're living in dark times

The bridge is gonna snap
The cars will fall in the bay
The borders on the map
Will all fade away
When the new day dawns
The weapons will be gone
The killers will have lost
The lovers will have won
 Remember how
 We’re living in dark times
 Remember now
 We’re living in dark times

Hang on to your happiness
Hold on to your hope
Some day fate will favor us
Just when I don't know
 Better believe we’re living in dark times
 For now, we’re living, living in dark times

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A simple song about a simple mind.

I'll Tell You Something
(Dubya's song)




I'll tell you something
I think you ought to know
Uh, you ain't nothing
You ain't nothing at all
There's one thing you can do
And that's to play the fool

You don't want to know
Bury your head in the sand
Don't strain your mind so
You just won't understand
There's one thing that's for sure
We don’t want you no more

Go back to Texas
Jerk your own self off

I'll tell you something
You’ve got to understand
When you try to play God
The Devil holds your hand
There’s nothing left to do
But say goodbye to you

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Alisa just wrote new words to my song Believe in You. I wrote this in Switzerland in 1980. This was released with yet another Japanese lyric on Columbia in 1983, I think. See my Discography. All the other songs here were written since 2005 except this one, but the lyric is new as of May 2007.

Believe in You




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And here is the original version I recorded in Switzerland with a real string quartet.
Believe in You


Believe in you
Believe In You

I guess it was time for a change in my life
I needed someone to help me along upon my way
And you helped me to find my way to you
And I knew, it’s easy to believe in you

I once was a king
I thought I had everything I needed
But something was wrong,
I wanted someone to share my life with
And you came to me when I needed you
It’s easy to believe in you

And loving you is so easy for me
Everything happens so naturally
It’s the simplest thing I ever tried to do
You make it so easy to believe in you

 Instrumental

And you came to me when I needed you
It’s easy to believe in you

And now that I’ve grown
Enough to find my way to love you
My life seems to change,
But something remains always inside me
And now I know I’ll always be with you
It’s true, it’s easy to believe in you

You make it so easy to believe in you
It’s the simplest thing I ever tried to do
Loving you is so easy for me
Everything happens so naturally
It’s the simplest thing I ever tried to do
You make it so easy to believe in you




And here is a version recorded by a group called Talisman on Columbia Records Japan. There was some kind of animation movie tied in with the albumn.

Believe in You




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Rock Band
It could have happened, but didn't.


Gonna make a rock band
Gonna move to Japan
We’ll play in Tokyo
Work on our stage show
We’ll do everything right
Hit it big over night.
Rock band

We’ll write new originals
Make bios that are fictional
Find a new concept
Put it on the Internet
Upload ourselves to MySpace
And build up a fan base
Rock band
Rock band

Smash our instruments
Scream like we’re idiots yeah,  (oh they’ll love it. Seriously!)
Spiked hair dyed blue 
piercings and tatoos yeah, we look great!

Parents will hate us
‘fraid we’re contageous  (No?! nothing to worry about!)
Scandals including
Drug, sex, and groupies yeah (go for it, all night long)

    GUIT. SOLO

Gonna make a hit song
It won’t be too long
It’s all about nothing
But the words‘ll say “fucking”
the Kids ‘ll eat it up
They’ll sing it on the school bus
They’ll break every rule that they can

Smash our instruments
Scream like we’re idiots yeah,  (oh yeah, they’ll love it)
Spiked hair dyed blue
Piercings and tatoos yeah, ouch!
 
Now our manager’s left us
Took everything ‘cept us
We’re sittin’ at the airport
And can’t find our passports
Seems like we’re really stuck
Our roadie says “rots of ruck”
Rock band
Stuck in Japan rock band
End of our rock band 
Rock band

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Candlelit Bath music (or hot tub if the jets are off)


Serenity
For viola, viola da gamba and archlute. Unfortunately, I just made a rough version of this before my archlute went south. I had to cut up and quantize it a bit.


In the Magic Cave
For viola, viola da gamba and archlute. Unfortunately, I didn't even record the archlute for this before my archlute went south. However I like the sound of the electric piano sample quite a bit.