This card is dedicated to Masahiko Shimura, whose wonderful music inspired me and kept me company while I was painting. I don’t usually talk much about the music I listen to even though it is intrinsic to the whole project, but I want to talk about Mr Shimura and his band Fujifabric. He was an incredible artist, the pure essence of an artist who sacrificed everything for his art, a sublime young genius whose life was cut so tragically short. His death, just over a year ago, was a huge loss to us all, even if most of us don’t know it yet. If anyone has embodied the principle of universal love it is this amazing young man. This song ANTHEM, is one of the last he wrote and recorded before he died. It was hard to choose a song to link to because he has so much great music, but this feels like it might be the most accessible for those unused to the Japanese style. If you want to know more about him please refer to the wonderful blog my friend is writing. She has translated many songs and all her posts into English and it is a fascinating insight. That someone should take the trouble to write us all such a message from the heart says everything about what Shimura represented.
I had some other waffle written for this card, but I don’t really want to clutter this tribute to dear Shimura kun. May he rest in peace! And live on forever in our hearts!