Happy Mother’s Day to all the mothers out there!
Todays song, MOTHER, is not actually sung by Oku Hanako. It is a collaboration with utaite 96neko / 96猫 (pronounced “kuro neko” for the same reason that Oku Hanako uses 09875). 96neko did the vocals, Oku Hanako composed the music, and they both worked on the lyrics. It was released as the last track on 96neko’s 2013 album, Iris.
I’m not sure where I read this, but I remember reading that this song is autobiographic; that is, these are 96neko’s words to her mother. The music video, illustrated the same person who did the video for Hanabi / 花火, Mogelatte / モゲラッタ, shows a girl who is very likely to be 96neko.
It’s a very beautiful and very real song. The words express the intention very clearly and the singing and accompaniment capture the emotion quite well. I can’t be sure, but I’d like to believe that Oku Hanako was the one playing the piano. In any case, the two make an amazing pair and I would love to hear them do another song together.
Be sure to tell your mother “I love you” this Mother’s Day!