I collect versions of ‘Over The Rainbow’. I can’t remember when I started, but I’ve been listening to this song since I was child. I think I started collecting when I was 20. I was studying English at that age — I studied it at junior high and high school, but I was a bad student so I couldn’t speak English at all — and at first I tried to translate the lyrics. Because ‘Somewhere Over the Rainbow’ was the first English sentence I learned, I searched for the lyrics on the internet, and found out that there are many versions of the song, sung by many different artists. For me that was very interesting because I love this song. Then I started collecting.
I couldn’t figure out the meaning of the lyrics when I listened for the first time, but I felt beauty. I imagined a beautiful landscape.
Yukihiro Kaneuchi, 26, Fukuoka, Japan
I have 164 versions. Aoi Teshima’s is my favorite. Her voice is so beautiful and it matches the song perfectly. I’ve played my collection to a few of my friends, but all of them said “Why?” or didn’t comment. Since then I haven’t played my collection for anyone.