Ayaya's latest concert release arrived a few days ago and I finally had a chance to watch it today. I always look forward to her concert releases as that special Ayaya energy is always present in them…perhaps something that has been somewhat missing in her recent releases. I however do love her current ballad "stage" of her career but I do understand the flip side of this as it would be beneficial to her solo career if she were to be allowed to incorporate both a more mature image while also mixing in the occasional upbeat & fun release! But I do think that it would still have to be done in a somewhat different kind of way as Ayaya's current age probably wouldn't allow her to release…another "Momoiro kataomoi" or a song along those lines. But indeed "mature" need not be strictly ballads of course.
A wonderful aspect of Ayaya's current concerts is that fans can truly be treated to the best of both worlds. And what I mean by this is that Ayaya's set lists typically include numerous early favorites and when you mix in the fact that her vocals have matured so much over the years and with her at a peak of sorts right now…the performances of older classics are given a wonderful vocal makeover. Ayaya has truly always been a gifted vocalist as evidenced from her debut single "Dokki Doki! Love Mail" and in time her craft has just grown and devoloped into a truly unique beacon in H!P. Her range and the nuances of her vocals are just on a different tier from the rest of the H!P family…that not being a negative towards anyone else…just different. The first dilemma of a solo artist when in concert stems from their ability to create an aura of stage presence…a dynamic that isn't as demanding upon group ensembles and units as their performances aren't dependent on a single performer alone. And anyone who's watched any Ayaya concert will probably agree that she entails all the qualities needed to "own" the stage and connect with the audience whether the venue be large or intimate, something that she's displayed time and time again over the years.
Ayaya is also unique in H!P in that her shows always feature a live band and have been that way for quite some time now. The extra dimension that a live band brings to the atmosphere of a concert versus recorded backing music simply cannot be overstated! Interestingly there was a time when idol groups regularly employed live bands…many of them being a set cast of musicians who toured with the groups on a regular basis. Some even featured band names back then as they were really an extension of those idol groups in the largest sense. The extra energy created on stage with the presence of a live band is undeniable and with that also comes the possibility of improvisation…the true inner beauty of live band performances. Think for a moment if you could witness a jazzy arrangement of songs such as "Aruiteiru"…"Mikan"…"or a folk arrangement of "Kanashimi Twilight" or perhaps "Semi." The possibilities are endless as the art of improvisation can take songs out of their skins and breath a whole new life into them. Another great aspect of the presence of a live band on stage with an idol group is the interaction between them as playful circumstances become a regular occurrence….and truly in time the idol members do become endeared to the musicians as if they were part of the group…or should I say are part of the group in this dynamic.
Haha "morningberryz" was already taken at YouTube when I tried to register so I added Jeff Gordon's #24 for good luck! ^-^ Hmmm…how is this possible as I thought that "MorningBerryz" was such an unusual name! :O And to prove that Ayaya still possesses her inner child of performance joy!…here's her performance of…the very song that made me into an Ayaya fan originally, "Momoiro kataomoi" which is from this same concert DVD! Enjoy!
And just in case you haven't seen the original pv for "Momoiro kataomoi" here it is….Ah! so cute!!!! And catchy!!!! (^o^)
Hmmm…well I was thinking that since H!P is yet to release "live" album recordings that these would be okay as I've extracted the audio from these 2 DVD clips and made them into mp3's. I usually encode them at 320 but strangely the program that I have only allows encoding up to 256, so they've been created at that size. 😛 I hope they sound okay! 🙂 I'm still using Big808Monkey's account…perhaps one day I'll create my own account…I really hope that these sound okay! Let me know if they don't and I'll try re-encoding them.
Buy the DVD too! ^-^