To Mother (song)

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"To Mother"
To Mother RE.jpg
Single by Yui
from the album Holidays in the Sun
A-side "To Mother"
B-side "Tonight"
Released June 2, 2010
Format CD single, Music download
Genre J-pop
Label Gr8! Records
Songwriter(s) Yui (lyrics & music)
Producer(s) Hisashi Kondo
Yui singles chronology
"Gloria"
(2010)
"To Mother"
(2010)
"Rain"
(2010)
"Gloria"
(2010)
"To Mother"
(2010)
"Rain"
(2010)
CD + DVD
CD + DVD Cover
CD + DVD Cover

"To Mother" is the sixteenth single by Japanese pop singer-songwriter Yui. It was released on June 2, 2010 by Gr8! Records. The single debuted atop the Oricon Weekly Single Chart, becoming her seventh number-one single. It was the first song in which Yui replaced guitar for piano.

Background and writing[edit]

Although Yui's first song in which she exchanges her guitar for a piano, it was first written using a guitar.[1] When asked about the decision in writing the song, unsurprisingly, was in support of mothers of the world. She also added that although she frequently wrote upbeat songs and melodies on encouraging people, for this song she wanted to look around her own life and see who was important to her.[1] Yui also talked specifically about the lyric, "kindness is so cruel, isn’t it?",[note 1] inferring that when someone gets hurt, loved ones feel the pain as well.[1] She also talked about the variety of perspective present in the song, through lyrics such as "isn't hatred just a misunderstanding"[note 2] or "kindness is a thing [that] if snuggled together, a comforting thing".[note 3]

Music video[edit]

The video primarily shows Yui playing a piano, with occasional focuses on her band. Interestingly, this is her first video in which her entire supporting band was Western. Chris, the drummer, would go on to play with Yui in a variety of live performances such as Rock in Japan Festival[2] or providing drumming tracks to songs, including "I do it" and "Hello (Paradise Kiss)".[3]

Track listing[edit]

Normal Edition[edit]

All tracks written by Yui.

CD
No. Title Arranger(s) Length
1. "To Mother" Hisashi Kondo 3:50
2. "Tonight" Odakura 2:36
3. "Gloria ~Yui Acoustic Version~" Yui & Hisashi Kondo 3:41
4. "To Mother ~Instrumental~" Hisashi Kondo 3:50

Limited Edition[edit]

(Normal Edition + DVD)

DVD
No. Title Director Length
1. "To Mother" Shigeaki Kubo[4] 4:18

Oricon sales chart (Japan)[edit]

Charts (2010) Peak
position
Chart Run
Japan Oricon Weekly Single[5] 1 9
Preceded by
"Ponytail to Chouchou" by AKB48
Oricon Weekly number one single
June 14, 2010
Succeeded by
"Ring a Ding Dong" by Kaela Kimura

References[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Original text: "やさしさって 残酷よね?"
  2. ^ Original text: "憎しみって ささいなすれ違いでしょ?"
  3. ^ Original text: "悲しみって 寄り添えば何処となく 温かくて"

Sources[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "YUIインタビュー" (in Japanese). Yahoo Japan Corporation. 
  2. ^ "YUI Rock in Japan Festival" (in Japanese). Rockin'on. 
  3. ^ ムール クリスチャン (in Japanese). ameblo. 
  4. ^ "to Mother director" (in Japanese). Space Shower TV. Retrieved June 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ "To Mother" (in Japanese). Oricon. Retrieved 2011-08-03.