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Tuesday, 16 July 2013

blog translation: Takano Tetsu - April 24, 2012

For anyone who doesn't know, Ikuzo Baba = the bassist from Dragon Ash.

April 24, 2012

I suddenly heard the news that someone passed away.
But I guess hearing of someone’s death is always sudden.

I often used to drink with Ikuzo Baba.
Even though he was an older guy, he was a loveable, kind, eccentric man.
When we met up in a bar after a few years, he suddenly hugged me from behind and surprised me.
I remember being happy that he knew about my work.
After that, we met up at the same place to drink often.
Now that I think about it, when Kashimoto and Moro left nil, the first call I made was to Baba-san’s cell.
And he said “I have Dragon Ash, so I can’t help you out, but if I find a good guy, I’ll let you know.”
I’m remembering things like that steadily.
I wonder if the last place we drank together at was 井の頭通り沿い.*
Or maybe it was when he called me at around four in the morning and, when I thought “What the hell does he want to talk about?”, it ended up being a silly conversation.
Ah, did we go drinking in Ikebukuro after that?
I wonder which one was the last one?
Which one. Was the last moment we spent together?

That’s so lonely, isn’t it?

I’m planning to keep you waiting for about 40 years, but,
Because we’ll definitely go there too, wait for us, okay?
Let’s drink together again.

Takano Tetsu.

*I don't know how to read this, but it's just the name of a place, so I don't think it really matters.

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