Lyric video (with English translations) for Mado Kara Mieru, from Christopher Tin’s two-time Grammy winning album Calling All Dawns. Sung in Japanese, the song is a setting of five haiku – a form of short Japanese poem – about the seasons: spring, summer, autumn, winter, and again spring.
The song also represents the cycle of life: youth, old age, death, and then rebirth again. And each verse features a different singer in a different stage of their life: a child, a young woman, an older woman, a chorus of old men, and a child. The female singers are Lia, Aoi Tada, and Kaori Omura.
Christopher Tin is an American composer. The 35-year-old was born in California, while his parents are immigrants from Hong Kong. His choral piece Baba Yetu – also a song from the Calling All Dawns album – became the first piece of video game music ever to win a Grammy Award in 2011.
It’s also noteworthy that all 12 songs in the album are sung in different languages. He also used appropriate vocal traditions in each song, such as African gospel, Beijing opera, and medieval chants.