Kenshi Yonezu has announced that his new track, “Spinning Globe,” was penned as the theme song to Hayao Miyazaki’s latest film, “The Boy and the Heron.”
“Princess Mononoke” and “Spirited Away” have left a lasting impact on Yonezu ever since he saw the films in movie theaters as a young child, and the manga version of “Nausica of the Valley of the Wind” has served as his creative compass throughout the years. Yonezu has long admired filmmaker Hayao Miyazaki, and has often cited Miyazaki’s manga works as his creative guidepost. Miyazaki has been a considerable influence in. Yonezu’s life, and Yonezu’s long-standing admiration come to fruition after spending the last 4 years collaborating with Miyazaki on “Spinning Globe.”
The film, “The Boy and the Heron,” is an “Action-Adventure Fantasy” with an original storyline by Hayao Miyazaki, in theaters since its opening on July 14 (Fri). Don’t miss the opportunity to experience Kenshi Yonezu’s “Spinning Globe” in “The Boy and the Heron,” brought to life on the big screen.
“Spinning Globe” was written for “The Boy and the Heron.”
“It has been about four years now since I was approached about the project. At first, I was surprised and at the same time bewildered, asking ‘Why me?’. It turned out that Miyazaki-san had heard the Foorin version of my song “Paprika” on the radio, which triggered him to drop the handkerchief to me. I received five volumes’ worth of storyboards and an explanation from Miyazaki-san himself and gingerly began the writing process. It now feels like such a long time ago.
In the past four years, I visited the studio in Koganei several times to talk with Miyazaki-san and Suzuki-san; most of the time it was on strangely pleasant and sunny days. I remember walking under the pitch-dark shades of the trees while overhearing the cheers of nursery school children nearby. As a person who usually writes music drawing from recollections of the past alone in a small room, it was an experience nothing short of enriching.
Ever since I was a young child, I grew up watching Mr. Miyazaki’s movies. Somewhere along the way, I became an adult, a person who makes music. I have also been blessed with many people who accept my music. I know I still have countless shortcomings, but I believe I have certainly come this far, faults included.
‘Spinning Globe’ is the song for “The Boy and the Heron.” It is also a way for me to give back what I have received from Mr. Miyazaki all my life. Thank you for continuing to make movies over the years, and please keep on making more in the years.
「君たちはどう生きるか」の主題歌として「地球儀」という曲を作らせてもらいました。… pic.twitter.com/nquTOr3hKn— 米津玄師 ハチ (@hachi_08) July 14, 2023
CD 1. Spinnig Globe
Includes photo book documenting Kenshi Yonezu’s songwriting process spanning 5 years, featuring director Hayao Miyazaki, Toshio Suzuki