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Poetry 12.9.2020

The Business of Love

My war torn heart is closed for business,
I only know how to need you,
And how to make you need me too.
So I go around and around,
Looking for my perfect person,
And it’s never you,
Cause it can’t be true.

For if it were true,
I’d have to admit the war is over,
That I lost, and there’s no more battles.
I’d have to do the one thing
That I swore I’d never do.
I’d have to open up shop,
And surrender to love.

Upcoming shows

On November 23rd I’ll be singing Classical at the Kamata International Artist event, between 1:30 and 3:30 pm. Exact time coming soon.

On November 25th, I’ll be singing 4 sets of Jazz Standards and pop with the amazing Daisuke Kuroda at Xex Nihombashi from 7 to 11 pm.

Cafe Christmas live on December 7th. Details to be announced soon.

Thank you!


Cross Club Live CD release

I had the honour of performing with the amazing pianist, composer Katsutoshi Yamaguchi and talented cellist Ryo Kubota last year. We captured the event and now we are releasing a new CD! It’s a little early for Christmas music, but I hope you will enjoy it.

You can download it from CD Baby here:



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!

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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.