2004/11/12

Today is the funeral of Mr.John Peel.
For us, he was like Santa Clause. We feel so maybe because of his beard and his big round eyes, but not only because of that, of course. He gave us many things and did many thing for us, and it is difficult for us to express how much we thank him.

We don't know how and when he first found us, but it seemed that he knew about us from the very beginning, like, from our 1st album.
He played our music many times on his radio show, and it helped spreading our music all over the world, which is amazing.

Everytime when we visited U.K. to tour, he had some special events for us. He gave us a oppotunity to play real-time-on-air live show at BBC, and another time, he invited audience to the studio for our peel session. Last time when we saw him was when we played a show for the radio one show case in Brighton in 2003. He was smiling.

Thanks, Mr.John Peel,
for your love to our music.
We miss you.

MELT-BANANA
2004/11/12

今日はJohn Peelのお葬式の日です。
MELT-BANANAにとって John Peel はサンタクロースなイメージ。たぶん彼のアゴヒゲとか真ん丸い目とかのせいもあるんだけど、勿論それだけが理由じゃない。彼のしてくれた事を考えると、簡単に感謝の気持ちを表現しきれるものじゃない。

いつどこでどうやってMELT-BANANAのことを知ったのかは分からないけど、かなり初期、1stの頃から知ってたみたい。
ラジオでめちゃめちゃかけてくれて、それがきっかけで色んな国にMELT-BANANAの音楽が広がっていった。それって凄いことだ。

イギリスにツアーに行くといつも何かスペシャルなイベントを用意しててくれて、リアルタイムでオンエアするライブ演奏だったり、スタジオにリスナーを招待してのピール・セッションだったり。最後に会ったのは2003年、BBC Radio one主催のブライトンでのライブの時だった。にっこり笑ってた。

Thanks, Mr.John Peel,
for your love to our music.
We miss you.

MELT-BANANAより

(1999/09/21 at BBC Maida Vale Studio, London)