Could be a sudden question, but don't you think I've been doing lots of things lately - here and there?? I took part in the OST in America, worked as a voice actress some days ago, gonna challenge MTV UNPLUGGED soon . . . any more? Ah yes, and I'm supposed to take part in advertising DOCOMO's new products! And my new single will be out soon, the analog version of my album as well, my video clip collection vol.2 out in Autumn . . . besides, there's a secret project in the works though the time is not yet ripe to reveal what it is . . . all these months I've been too concentrated on each of these works to notice it, but for the past couple of weeks I've often stayed up all night till morning, which made me see various news about me on morning TV shows and feel I've been having my hands in so much various, incoherent things in all directions(lol). Don't you think so?? Here, let me tell you about each one of them and put them in order in my head, too!!
Well I can't tell you all in one go, so first of all! The UNPLUGGED is a traditional event of MTV US composed of minimum electronic musical instruments plugged into the amp, a place where famous musicians show their other side - their simple, acoustic side. I've watched my favorite artists on it often since I was a child. Mariah, Maxwell, Eric Clapton, Jewel and etc., the great artists of the time! What was impressive was that all of them were sort of more relaxed than usual, enjoying the time defenselessly with a small audience at very-close range. So how come I could participate in such a great traditional program? Here's why: when I happened to have a meal with the staff of MTV International in NY we were chatting "Let's do something together," but I had no specific idea what to do at that time. This time I'm working hard on a round of promotion to get the new single heard by as many people as possible, and I . . . somehow think this song is not something which is supposed to be shown like, "Okay please get ready to sing - Here it is, 'FINAL DISTANCE'" after some talks with MCs, appearing a series of TV shows. I do enjoy works of TV appearances, but since I don't want this song shown like that, I've decided to do promotion mainly by radio and magazines. Still, I cannot help but appear in front of you guys, who have always been supporting me --- !! I wanna do something special - !! So I've been working on this project of the live concert and airing it with the MTV staff.
"I got it. But you know, come to think of it . . . what on earth does 'an incredible story,' the title of this message mean?! My eyes are getting tired!" - for those of you about to shoot a question like this at me, well, actually IT happened a little while ago. Yesterday I wrote the rehearsal of the UNPLUGGED was going to start from today, you remember that? I woke up at dawn this morning, started searching for my CD to rehearse the songs for the program . . . then noticed I didn't have even one copy of my CDs, and got in a panic thinking "Oh, no!! I can't rehearse the songs! I can't do rehearsing! What should I do!" for a while, alone early in the morning. (I'm to blame for not having done rehearsing till the last minute! I'm very sorry for it . . .) And then, a thought flashed across my mind a little while ago!! I've just remembered that the other day I was sent a mobile phone featuring "the music distribution service" with greetings by DOCOMO-san whom I was going to work with. Yes! They were kind enough to give me the phone with the Memory Stick on which they have downloaded my past singles!! Recently a friend of mine saw it and told me like "I thought you don't listen to your own songs, eh?" and I answered like ". . . Well actually I don't listen to my songs . . ." Whew, I'm saved!!! Indeed!! Thank you very much DOCOMO-san . . . I promise I will repay you someday . . . Oh yes, I see, I can repay you by putting my energy into shooting commercials and making songs! (lol) So that's why Utada is here, rehearsing the songs. Its sounds are very good and clear! I'm not trying to advertise them but I'm really, really relieved now. It happens, very rarely. Sounds like an incredible, unbelievable story, huh?
Okay the real rehearsal starts today - I'll do my best for it --- !
Tuesday, July 17, 2001