SONGWRITING MONTH DAY 14: Another Language

Today’s prompt is inspired by the fact that I’m having lunch with my high school Spanish teacher today. Unfortunately, exposure to the Thai language has really confused my ability to speak Spanish. But hey! Maybe I’ll get some Spanish back today.

PROMPT: Learn a song in another language (besides the primary one you speak).

You get to choose the language.  I’m probably going to learn a song in Thai, probably a song that the Thai King wrote.

SONG OF THE DAY: ยามเย็น ~ Love at Sundown

This is an example of a song that the Thai King, Rama 9, wrote.  He’s got a lot of titles, including “The Agriculture King,” but my favorite thing about him is that he writes music and is sometimes called “The Jazzy King.” (See photo above!) He writes music, primarily jazz and blues. I love his music.

This song here (“Yam Yen” is how to pronounce the Thai title), is one I used to sing when I lived in Bangkok and performed with a choir made up primarily of Thai senior citizens. (LONG STORY, not as long as the cover band story though).  I was their magic farang they pulled out of a hat at concerts and things who could sing solos written by the Thai King.

This version of “Yam Yen” is kind of hokey, but the King’s music isn’t always performed in this hokey crowd-pleasing way.  I happen to love a bit of hoke, though, especially Thai hoke, but if you take a step back you can recognize that it has a gorgeous tune.

I recommend that you take a youtube tour of his music though–it’s good!

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