Makihara Noriyuki to provide the theme song for ‘Going My Home’
On September 20, it was announced that singer-songwriter Makihara Noriyuki is going to provide the theme song for the upcoming Fuji TV drama ‘Going My Home‘, starring Abe Hiroshi.
The track is titled “Yotsuba no Clover” (‘Four-Leaf Clover’) and will be Makihara’s first drama tie-in since “GREEN DAYS” became the theme song for ‘Ushi ni Negai wo Love & Farm‘ (Fuji TV) in 2007.
‘Going My Home’ is a family drama written and directed by movie director Koreeda Hirokazu. Abe is playing a 45-year-old employee at a CM company named ‘Tsuboi Ryota’, who is suddenly facing a family crisis.
Makihara received a personal love call from Director Koreeda just before his trip to Ireland, which actually turned out to be great timing. Ireland is known as a spiritual country and as it happens, the protagonist ‘Ryota’ also strongly believes in the existence of ‘things invisible to the naked eye’ such as ghosts and fairies.
He commented, “It felt like a perfect match between my trip to Ireland and the offer. There was no way I could refuse it. In fact, it made me even more excited to go to Ireland and research about those things.” He also explained that many parts of the lyrics perfectly match with the script, although he didn’t read it beforehand. “I got goosebumps when I saw this. It’s like some invisible force guided me through the process.”
“Yotsuba no Clover” is a soothing ballad accompanied by tin whistles, a fiddle, an accordion, and other folk instruments.
Makihara added, “In order for this song to become the song it is, I didn’t include anything unnecessary. I tried to free myself from all obligations and simply let the inspiration take over when creating this song.”
Abe himself already praised the song and said that it perfectly matches and expresses the tone of the drama.