Sep 102006
 

From SINCERELY…..Mariya Takeuchi Songbook II
Written by Mariya Takeuchi

In Japan it is quite common to acknowledge the works of popular music stars by organizing tributes albums comprised of famous American singers. This type of project, usually recorded in Los Angeles, includes covers of major Japanese hits with new English lyrics. Mariya Takeuchi has been the subject of a couple of these compilation releases; most notably 2002’s, “Sincerely: Mariya Takeuchi Songbook,” and 2003’s “Sincerely: Mariya Takeuchi Songbook II” The second compilation saw contributions from an A-list of names in the quality pop world like Richard Page of Mr. Mister and Pages fame, Marc Jordan with his talented wife Amy Sky, Gino Vannelli, Christopher Cross, and even David Foster making a rare appearance that featured his remarkable protégé, singer/actress Nita Whitaker. There are great songs on “Sincerely: Mariya Takeuchi Songbook II” including Cross’ bittersweet ballad, “Nostalgia” wonderfully arranged by Robbie Buchanan plus Vannelli’s delicate “The Song Of The Nightingale.” “Teko’s Theme” is the refined gift that David Foster and Nita Whitaker offers the listeners of this album. The understated arrangement gently complements Whitaker’s heartfelt rendition of this lovely Takeuchi composition. Among the other singers performing here are Cindy Lauper, Juice Newton and a surprise appearance by Foster’s daughter, lyricist Amy Foster-Gillies, who sings the danceable ditty “Convenient Lover.”


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Performed by David Foster with Nita Whitaker
Lead Vocal: Nita Whitaker
Keyboards: David Foster
Synth Programming: Jochem Van Der Saag & Neil Devor
Arranged by David Foster
Produced by Ken Shiguma


Lyrics

Here’s a song for you
I’ve waited to sing so long
You are the one, my only love, forevermore
Darlin’ take my hand
And take me to Shangri-la
Where there’s no hate
where there’s no pain
Where there’s no sorrow
It’s not the first time
That I’ve fallen in love with you
Because your smile reminds me
Of the long lost melodies and memories

So just keep in your heart
If you wish and try hard
Any dream will come true
That’s why we’re here together
I was born to be yours
You were born to be mine
And we live in the world
Where there’s no good-bye for good, TEKO!

Here’s a song for you
I want you to sing along
I’m on your side, my only love, forevermore
Open up your eyes
We’re reaching Shangri-la
Where there’s no war
Where there’s no death
Where there’s no darkness
It’s not the first time
That you’ve come back from the past
Because your soul remains
With the man who you really love and care about

So just keep in your heart
If you wish and try hard
Any dream will come true
That’s why we found each other
I was born to be yours
You were born to be mine
And we love in the world
Where there’s no good-bye for good, TEKO!

So just keep in your heart
If you wish and try hard
Any dream will come true
That’s why we’re here together
I was born to be yours
You were born to be mine
And we live in the world
Where there’s no good-bye

Don’t keep in your heart any dreams
That’s why we’re here together
I was born to be yours
You were born to be mine
And we live in the world
Where there’s no good-bye for good, TEKO!