In May 2020, when Japan was under a state of emergency because of COVID-19, DJ Murakami put on a special episode to cheer up his listeners from his own home: “Stay-at-Home Special: Music for a Brighter Tomorrow.” The two-hour special gained significant attention and later won top honors in the Radio Entertainment category at the Japan Commercial Broadcasters Association Awards in 2020.
Murakami has run at least one full marathon a year for the past 35 years. About running, he says:
“It might surprise you to know how crucial basic physical strength is for writing fiction over a long period of time. So at some point I made a decision — I need to run
— and I haven’t stopped running since.”
When Murakami runs, he takes one of his many iPods with him.
“The Doors, Marvin Gaye, the Chili Peppers... When I travel or go for a jog, I’ll take iPods loaded with all kinds of music, from classical to jazz to rock, depending on what I’m doing. When I go running, I almost always go with American rock.”
On Murakami Radio, the novelist brings his own records and CDs into the studio, then tells us about the songs he’s chosen. He goes into music, literature and much more — all in his own voice.
What songs will Murakami play for us today? Stay tuned to find out!
— from the Murakami Radio website, Episode 1 (August 5, 2018)