Japanese title: プロポーズ
Romaji title: PUROPOOZU
English title: Propose

Release date: 2001.11.07

Catalog nr: EPCE-5122
Label: zetima

First press: no


«Propose» is Michiyo Heike‘s 10th single, but her first single after moving to a new record company (from Warner Music to zetima). The title implies happiness, but the sound and the overall song are quite serious. This is her only single which features a remixed version of the A-side.

The single sold 9.000 copies in its first week and 11,980 copies total.

Music video for Propose

Music video for Propose

Heike was interviewed for a press release regarding this release, where she said:

“[…] I really wanted a song which could be related to the fans of my age group [note: she was 22 at the time] or a little older. And I thought ‘proposal’ was the perfect common topic. I haven’t experienced it in real life, so I’m not sure if I was able to understand the true meaning of the lyrics perfectly. But in near future, when the time comes, and when I’m ready for a marriage, I think I would wait for the words of proposal just like this main character. I think the women who are a little older than me would often worry about things like, ‘how long am I supposed to wait?’, ‘What if this relationship doesn’t work out?’ etc. so it would be easy for them to relate to the lyrics. It contains a very direct message, so I didn’t overanalyze and sang the song naturally during the recording session.”

When I read the lyrics first, I thought, ‘what a happy song!’ and I was expecting a happy melody to go with them. But to my surprise, the melody was written in minor cord. I guess if the happy lyrics are sung with happy melody, it’s too straight-forward and a bit boring, lol. I found the contrast rather quite interesting.”

Promo Poster

Promo Poster


TRACK LIST


01. プロポーズ (Propose)
02. パパとママ (Papa to Mama; Dad and Mum)
03. プロポーズ(Hard Crunch Version)
04. プロポーズ (Instrumental)


CREDITS


プロポーズ (Propose)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi

 

パパとママ (Papa to Mama)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Reiji Matsumoto

 

プロポーズ (Hard Crunch Version)

Lyrics: Tsunku | Music: Tsunku | Arrangement: Takao Konishi


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