Prose is easy. Prose is natural.

I’ve had a lot of practice with prose. It’s almost as easy as breathing. So too with songwriting. Chord progressions, melodies, arrangements — I’m old hat.

But verse? Verse requires concentration, stamina, patience, time. Real life squeezes most of those things out.

I was able to lay down dozens of tracks in a year’s time. The words were much slower to follow.

So with 「健忘症」 (Kenboushou, or Amnesia), I decided to reverse the operating procedure — lyrics first, then music.

Since I didn’t know how the music would sound, I gave myself I gimmick — I would use Japanese titles for all the songs. When I finally got around to writing the music, I was in the mood to make it sound like an alt-country album.

When was the last time anyone saw an alt-country album with Japanese song titles?

「健忘症」 was also a significant test. Until then, I had a backlog of ideas and old songs that were fleshed out, edited, repurposed. This album would be the first of entirely new material since college.


Track Title
1 跡なし
2 聞いてはいけない、言ってはいけない
3 光速
4 文句、文句
5 間違い
6 健忘症
7 言葉はハートを刺す刀になる
9 住んでいない
10 後悔しない
11 結果
12 What I Deserve


  • Produced and engineered by Greg Bueno
  • Recorded in the Closet, 2005-2011, Austin, TX and the Closet West 2013, Seattle, WA
  • Cover design by Greg Bueno
  • Published by Shinkyoku Advocacy (ASCAP)


  • Release date: October 29, 2013

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