TOKYO (AP) – Japanese author Haruki Murakami has a remedy for those who need relaxation from stress and worry in times of a pandemic – Brazilian bossa nova music.

“While we are in a time of fear, I hope to help you relax even a little,” said Murakami, 72, when hosting a live online show: “Murakami Jam – It’s to blame the bossa nova “brings together renowned Japanese artists of bossa nova and jazz.

Despite the pandemic, Murakami – known for bestsellers such as “A Wild Sheep Chase” and “The Wind-up Bird Chronicle” – said he still had a daily routine, including walking and writing, but the frequent world traveler stayed in Japan.

Murakami, who has expressed concern about prejudice and discrimination against coronavirus patients on his radio show, noted that bossa nova’s rhythm has a healing effect.

“I think good music is something that heals people and fuels your kindness,” he said.

During the roughly two-hour show on Sunday, he recited his short story “The1963 / 1982 Girl from Ipanema” in 1982, in which a narrator describes in detail his memory of his meeting with a metaphysical girl from the song with live guitar of his guest Kaori Muraji.

The show can be seen online through February 21st.