This model-turned-actress-turned-singer (*sigh*) claims that Ashin owes her a song (or, ideally, several) for her next album.
From the looks of things, she’s had pretty lousy luck in the music industry, with her record company folding right in the midst of promotion for her first album. Still, even if the entire thing is written by Ashin and Mayday, I sincerely doubt I’d buy her sophomore outing.
…which leads to some random Friday pondering. I wonder how many singers ask Ashin & Co. for songs each year? Including songs the band later performed itself, between 1999 and 2005, he wrote 16 songs for other artists (in one case just the music, in four just the words, and in the other eleven, both the music and the words), but he must get many, many more requests than that. Most of those came out during the band’s military hiatus, when he was less busy with Mayday activities, though it would make sense that he would have a lot of ideas that don’t really suit the band’s style.
Still, part of the request must stem from the fact that he is, as we all know (or should), a good songwriter. Talented, creative, etc. My own appreciation for his lyrics should be obvious. But some of the desire for a Mayday-connected album release, especially from a lesser-known artist, must be to gain some exposure from riding the “heavenly band’s” coat-tails. I know I’ve purchased albums from a number of artists with Mayday connections I wouldn’t have bothered with otherwise (though a good portion of those purchases were made in China, where CDs are very, very cheap) (or at least that’s my excuse for owning Ken Chu’s CD) (though really, “La, La, La” is a perfectly nice song, well worth the $1.50 I paid for the CD) (the rest of the album is not much to speak of, however) (so we’ll stop now).