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Coming soon Mel&Hiroshi Cafe Live

We are confirming dates for a May or June afternoon of live Jazz and easy listening while enjoying coffee, tea and all you can eat baked goods! I’ll let you know as soon as the date is decided.

5月または6月の午後のライブジャズの日程を確認します!コーヒー、紅茶、そして食べ放題手つくりおやつを食べながら音楽聞きます。 日付が決まり次第お知らせします。


PERFORMANCE WORKSHOP with PER BRISTOW – creator of the world’s most popular voice/performance training used by singers in 132 countries.




In this fun and intimate workshop participants will be able to perform on stage and you’ll learn powerful strategies how to:

— Fix a voice problem, make your voice more powerful, get more range, dynamics, and more!

— Become even more expressive, charismatic, attractive, confident, free and alive on stage!

— Turn performance anxieties into standing ovations and become even more successful as a performer!

Go to the website for more info and to register

Mel&Hiroshi Summer Yukata Special Live July 2017 Video

Hi Everyone,

This summer my parents were visiting Japan and I had the immense pleasure of having them as special guests at my Jazz Live. I will never forget it.

Here is a little bit of that show.


EARLY CROSS live video at 350 Showcase in Roppongi, July 2016

Last July we were invited to play at Club Verit in Roppongi, Tokyo. The talented hosts of 350 Showcase shot live footage for us. Please enjoy this version of Cry Havoc, Hymn to the Fallen medley. 

昨年7月、東京・六本木のClub Veritで演奏しました。ライブ映像を撮って、このビデオを作成してくれた350 Showcaseのスタッフに感謝します。このバージョンのCry Havoc、Hymn to the Fallen medleyをお楽しみください。

Forgotten Poems

I stumbled across poems I wrote many moons ago and submitted to some poetry website. 


The deep and turbulant seas, 

That rise and then receed, 

Subject to individual mind, 

As to their inner meaning 

\With brilliant creshendo, 

And sucking undertow, 

Dragging, pushing, influence, 

Fast and low, high and slow. 

\In shrouded sunless flow, 

Where secret knowledge grows, 

A piece of understanding found, 

Two separate meanings show. 

\So, unending waters navigate, 

To chart the messages of fate. 

For in each a contribution, 

To the the oceans light complete.

Closer to the sky

You and I, 

Should learn to fly. 

\This world unreal, 

A land of steel. 

With hearts of stone, 

All alone, 

Distracted day, 

Dreams delay, 

One day to die, 

Whispering why. 

\So, you and I, 

Should learn to fly, 

Closer to the sky.


With a warm mind, 

And a cold, cold heart, 

I walk this land. 

\I see the sky, 

And the life below, 

Like many grains of sand. 

\My soul dispersed, 

And held away, 

Forever banned. 

\Through passing hours, 

And years of change, 

I will myself to stand.
Funny how poems are friends one never truly forgets. Reading them a couple of times and they become familiar once again. 

Updated event calendar

Hello there,

I have added my remaining events for February. Soon I will add March…

I had really good time at my debut live with EARLY CROSS!

See you soon!


New website


Apparently soon equates to 3 months or so for Me to blog.

Anyway, Stolen. the original rock band has a new website. Please check it out!

Thank you.

Spontaneous update

Hi everybody,

I added some of the May shows.

The Stolen. Single Release Event will be on May 30th, but the promo materials are coming soon.

I wonder if I’ll blog soon. Hmmmm.


Even following the rules, shit happens

*please note that this is written under the influence of pain meds.*

Well, I ride my bike in Tokyo a lot. Sometimes hours a day. I follow the road rules as much as I can and I keep my eye on all the other vehicles and pedestrians so I can travel safely. I watch people do annoying things all the time. I always make sure to steer clear. 

Today I am biking along the left side, as cars do, and there is an older lady riding towards Me, the opposite direction in the middle, slightly left side, of the road. I get over as far as I can to the left to give her space. Then about a meter away she suddenly vears to her right to collide with my bike head on! I only managed to yell “Why!!!!” in Japanese before she slams into us. Her heavier bike stops short and my bike jolts and falls to the ground. 

Firstly I look back at my daughter who is safely strapped in. She says, I’m ok, I’m ok, right away without Me even asking. Some neighborly people come over and haul my bike up. Once I get up, I realize my knee ain’t quite right. It doesn’t feel particularly broken, cause I know how that feels, but it’s looking a funny shape and basically said, nope, I ain’t moving. 

That’s how I got a trip in an ambulance. A few X-rays later and I’m out again with some nifty painkillers. Not broken. Thank God. 

I’ll never know why that woman swerved to hit us. It was a mistake. I do hope she’ll be more careful in the future and perhaps consider riding on the correct side of the road. She was kind of an odd duck. The cops agreed that she was a strange person. I prefer to have nothing more to do with her.

Anyway, I get to hobble around in pain for a while. Dr. said I can use it normally. 

So sometimes even when we try to do everything right, shit happens. 

And then I get to put my feet up for the rest of the day and get served and have an excuse to be whiny. Works for Me!!! 

Pretty much as long as my daughter was safe, I was relieved. 

Take care out there! Which only works to a point….the point where shit happens. Then it’s a matter of riding it out. Excuse the pun.