Vacations allow me to get away from a lot of things and I primarily use that time to undergo urban detox by going camping. For the days when I’m not out in the wilderness, I spend that time watching TV in hotel rooms. It seems like the only time I ever touch the TV is when I’m on vacation. That suits me just fine since I make up for that by watching anime the rest of the year anyhow.
Taking a vacation doesn’t get me away from anime music. I’ll blast video game and anime tunes from my iPod when I drive or fly around the country, and that is to be expected. What is unexpected is hearing anime music come out of a 24-hour financial news station. While I was in Portland, I found myself tuning in to Bloomberg TV and more specifically, a show titled “Conversations with Judy Woodruff.” I was somewhat familiar with Judy Woodruff’s work as a journalist, but I was even more familiar with the theme used for her show. Give it a listen, and no, you don’t need to listen to it in its entirety unless you like Paul Volcker; the first 10 seconds will do.
Well, that was a surprise! Maybe some of you recognized it as a work composed by Ryo Kunihiko for the Victorian Romance Emma soundtrack:
[audio:Victorian Romance Emma – The Season.mp3]
Now, I didn’t stick around long enough for the credits to roll (it was late and I was tired). All I know is that Charles Tomaras is the show’s sound mixer, which I guess means that he selects the music and puts it all together. Does this mean that either he, or someone on Woodruff’s staff, listens to anime music and might even be an anime fan? Is that person aware of where the melody comes from or was it chosen for the show because it sounds pretty? I’m sure a quick e-mail could answer all of that if I could find out who to contact and how to contact them (the Bloomberg website is labyrinthine in this regard).
Mundane reason or not, as long as Ryo Kunihiko gets a royalty check from Judy Woodruff’s show, that’s all I can really ask for.