Every weekday on Radio NZ National’s Afternoon programme with Jim Mora is an item called Best Song Ever Written. This is where listeners can nominate what they think is the “Best” song.
I nominated the best song and was accepted to appear on the show on 11th March 2013. Go to… http://www.radionz.co.nz/national/programmes/afternoons/20130311 to hear the interview and click on the top item.
Anyone who has spent time in rural or urban Japan will have heard the song (or tune). It is played every evening at 5:00pm over the same loud speakers that are used to broadcast warnings of impending danger, such as a tsunami. Except at 5:00pm that day two years ago the tsunami had already happened and the speakers remained silent in the coastal settlements over a large area of north east Honshu.
That day as night fell, stunned survivors were coming to terms with the fact that in a few short minutes their lives had changed forever. I asked that the tune be played to commemorate the tsunami victims and also to remember the survivors who must rebuild their lives again. Yes, Christchurch also suffered an earthquake, but the devastation was nothing like in Tohoku.
Radio NZ play the song at the end of the talk but unfortunately because of copyright restrictions they cannot include it in the recording. Nor can I upload it, but it can be heard here…
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Antonin_Dvorak_-_symphony_no._9_in_e_minor_%27from_the_new_world%27,_op._95_-_ii._largo.ogg has a recording of it, the first 4 minutes: 20 seconds.