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Enjoying Summer Nights With WONK’s “Small Blue Fool”

It is me or has summer already came? It has been super hot this past week in Nagoya as temperatures reached 33°C/91°F. It is suppose to be the rainy season, but no rain yet. The weather forecast says it will rain later this week, I hope it doesn’t disappoint me.

As I enjoyed watching the sunset from my apartment window tonight, I enjoyed it with various soul/R&B/jazz songs from different decades. One song that popped up was “Small Blue Fool” by Japanese soul and jazz band WONK. So in honor of this week’s prompt of “Big/Large/Little/Small/Tall/Tiny”, I dedicate to this post to “Small Blue Fool”.

(This is part of a #SongLyricsSunday challenge, which is hosted by Jim at An Unique Title For Me. Anyone can join! Details on how to participate are found at the end of this post!)

Who is WONK?

WONK is a four-member experimental soul band from Tokyo, Japan. They mainly release soul music, but they have dabble in R&B, jazz, and hip hop. They formed in 2013 with Kento Nagatsuka (vocalist), Ayatake Ezaki (keyboard, piano, and synthesizer), Kan Inoue (bass and synthesizer), and Hikaru Arata (bandleader and drums).

WONK released their first album, entitled Sphere, in 2017 to positive reception. They have performed at various festivals such as Summer Sonic, Tokyo Jazz, and Bluenote Jazz Festival. The band will release their fourth album, EYES, on June 17.

They were suppose to have a summer tour support the new album but it has been postponed due to Coronavirus. They are suppose to play at a live house near my apartment in December. I might go and see them as I really dig their sound!

“Small Blue Fool”

Today’s song is from WONK’s 2017 album Castor. You can hear jazz and soul in every note of the song. There is a hint of psychedelic rock with the electronic guitar as it is high-pitched and harsh. The guitar reminds of Eric Clapton or George Harrison’s guitar playing style a little bit. Do you hear it or am I just crazy?

I love Kento’s vocals as his range is really impressive. I also love the way he slides between notes. With his talented vocals and impressive composition, “Small Blue Fool” is a perfect summer night song. It might be a little too slow for some, but the energy and talent from the band is a must-listen.

Check out “Small Blue Fool” and tell me what you think of the song in the comments!

Check out their latest single “Rollin'”. It has a certain 80s vibe to it, don’t you think so?


Lyrics to WONK’s “Small Blue Fool”

Small blue fool
Even fly to the west, they can’t reach their nest
But they’d rather fly away
Will you withdraw into a steel cage?

Small blue fool
Indirect descent, it’s just meaningless
But you look far away
Just hold on, it’s the real game

Small blue fool
That’s not what you’re destined for
Feel the wind of joy
You can be free and free

Baby, just spread your wings and show
So you’ll break your old self
Baby, you were born to be adored
‘cause you’ll just be flying for your beliefs

Hey baby, how are you feeling?
Tears may run down cause of fear
But hold it dear to your heart

Small blue fool
Thats not what you’re destined for
Feel the wind of joy
You will be free and free

Baby, just spread your wings and show
So you’ll break your old self
Baby, you were born to be adored
‘Cause you’ll just be flying for your beliefs


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