TOKYO: Japanese author Haruki Murakami has a remedy for those who need relaxation from stress and worries in time of a pandemic Brazilian Bossa nova music.
As we are going through a time of anxiety, I hope to help you relax even just a little bit, Murakami, 72, said as he hosted a live online show, Murakami Jam Blame it on the Bossa Nova, bringing together renowned Japanese performers of Bossa nova and jazz.
Despite the pandemic, Murakami known for bestsellers including A Wild Sheep Chase and The Wind-up Bird Chronicle” said he still maintains a daily routine including running and writing, but the frequent world traveler has stayed in Japan.
Murakami, who on his radio show has expressed concern about prejudice and discrimination against coronavirus patients, said he finds that the rhythm of Bossa nova has a healing effect.
I think good music is something that heals people and fires up your kindness, he said.
During Sunday’s approximately two-hour show, he recited his 1982 short story The1963/1982 Girl from Ipanema, in which a narrator details his memory of his meeting with a metaphysical girl from the song, with live guitar performed by his guest Kaori Muraji.
The show is viewable online until Feb. 21.
Music serves as an important motif in Murakamis stories. An avid listener and collector of music, he has also written books on the topic.