Japanese Publisher Publishes 3 Wendy Stevens Books
I’m a little in shock right now. Yes, I’ve been working with a Japanese publisher for the last few months on this project, but still, seeing it in print and right in front of me is amazing! [And reading the story at the end has me giddy with excitement.]
How did this happen?
As you know Willis Piano Music publishes a number of my pieces, most of which we sell here in the ComposeCreate store. Several of my Willis books are on the 2016-2020 NFMC list and the William Gillock Association was interested in publishing my books in Japan. Of course, their main emphasis is William Gillock’s music, so I was honored that they would also be interested in mine. But they also introduce many Willis composers as “Gillock’s friends.” How lovely!
At first, they wanted to publish them as one big collection, but then I think they saw the opportunity and the unique nature of each of these books and decided to publish each of these books separately:
We worked together on the translations of the lyrics. Evidently the Japanese Tasty Tunes and Black Key Blast book wasn’t too hard to translate. But a Japanese Sneezes, Snorts, and Sniffles was challenging! Here are some of the funny challenges we had:
Does everyone snort?
We talked a bit about the concept of “snorting” because of the “I’ll Give You a Snort” piece in Sneezes, Snorts, and Sniffles. To be sure I was communicating correctly, I recorded myself snorting and sent the publisher an mp3 so they could hear what it was! I’m sure the publisher came up with a word for it, but it’s a little hard to explain without the sound effect.
I hope they deleted that mp3 file!
How does P’yew translate?
I’m still not exactly sure, but obviously there is no Japanese word that sounds like “P-yew!” That’s a word used in the Stinky Feet song in Sneezes Snorts and Sniffles. I told the publisher to just use whatever word was an expression of disgust for stinky feet. They said that made sense, so evidently all cultures has issues with stinky feet. 🙂
Where can I order Japanese Tasty Tunes, Black Key Blast and Sneezes?
If you live in Japan, I have been told that these three new books are available at many music stores. But here’s where you can purchase them online:
- Here on Amazon Japan
- Japanese Tasty Tunes directly from the Zen-On website
- Japanese Black Key Blast directly from the Zen-On website
- Japanese Sneezes, Snorts, and Sniffles directly from the Zen-On website
If you want the English editions, you can purchase them from the ComposeCreate store with these links:
You can also follow the William Gillock Association that is a division of the Zen-On publisher here on Facebook.
How are Japanese teachers and students receiving the music?
These books were just released, so I don’t have a lot of feedback from Japanese yet (please send some if you are using the Japanese edition!), but here’s what one teacher said about the Japanese Tasty Tunes and Sneezes book:
A 9 year old boy was at my place for his lesson.
He found the books of Japanese version on my table.
We first tried Hiccup Song and Crazy for Lemons. Then he started reading all lyrics and practiced Macaroni Pizza.
Usually he is not interested in music books, and his older brother has to clean up after his lesson, but this time, he asked me to have Tasty Tunes and Sneezes, Snorts & Sniffles both.
He promised me that he will practice from two books.
He kept very dear them and put them in his bag by himself and held tight.
I felt like there’s a kind of a magic there.
Yes, that’s my goal – to create Music Kids Love™ and to connect right where kids are, and not just where we want or imagine them to be. I can’t tell you how much this story means to me for that reason.
Thank you to all of you who are so encouraging and tell me to keep composing. I’m so grateful to you this holiday season and my family is grateful to you also.
And to any Japanese teachers who are just learning about my music…thank you for giving it a chance.
I hope you’ll see magic when you use them!