"Danna Sama" is a pretty folk song with light instrumentation which then allows the sometimes forceful power of Yukosan's voice to drive the song. After graduating from Momusu (one of the most premature graduation's in my opinion) Yukosan's unique vocal flavor debuted with the genre of Enka music. The transition was so natural for her going from pop to traditional Japanese folk music but eventually after an album and a few single releases Yukosan would return to the pop scene. Along the way Yukosan has released numerous beautiful songs, my all time favorite solo effort by her being the b-side "Koi no kioku" which presented itself as the perfect graduation song which she sang in her last concert appearance as a member of Momusu. Wow it seems so long ago! While Yukosan's vocals may not be considered strong by some, it is the deep characteristics that make listening to her such a joy. "Danna Sama's" arrangement is mainly driven by acoustic guitar & piano with light rhythm backing provided by bass & drums, all set against a graceful orchestral arrangement. The vocals require a powerful and sharp approach and the verses are sung in a story telling style, sometimes in an almost spoken manner. A nice buildup leads to the free flowing chorus where this song's beautiful melody unfolds before the listener like a revelation. Here Yukosan's vocals combine both power & grace and the demands of this vocal arrangement are definitely not an easy task as a continuous strong projection is needed throughout the entire song.
The coupling with song "Greeting Card" is also of folk flavor utilizing similar instrumentation with the sweet addition of keyboards run through a chorus effect giving it that distinct nostalgic sound. "Greeting Card" is a mid tempo ballad which has Yukosan singing in a much more "pop" style and the beauty of having these 2 songs in a single release is the great contrast in which she sings when the 2 are compared vocally. A much less demanding vocal number than its predecessor, "Greeting Card" is quite a catchy song and I could easily imagine it as a title track in its own right. The melody is a beautiful melancholy one and the chorus provides a nice uplifting feeling that stays with the listener. 🙂
The PV for "Danna Sama" is a simple one which represents the song's meaning in a literal sense and I imagine this will be included on the upcoming "Pucchi Best" DVD release which is due in mid December. October is Yukosan "love" month as she's also released a new "birthday" event concert!