Chinese Translation at Fisgard Lighthouse – Donya & Mr. J


Long one of my favourite songs, I love how M. Ward‘s “Chinese Translation” has become a kind of Adventure Trip anthem in recent years. Donya and I recorded this (as well as this cover of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros’ “Home,” with Olga) on the rocks below Fisgard Lighthouse.

Whatever’s On Your Mind Wednesday! MUSIC – Derek

Well today is Whatever is on your mind Wednesday, well in my mind music is just swimming around! Whether it be my own music or my favorite artists BigBang, there’s always music in my mind! Practicing for concert band playing tests helps too!

In my opinion, some of the most enjoyable music is the sounds you produce/mix yourself. Have you ever made a cover? Have you ever just fooled around on an instrument and recorded it? Well let me tell you, it’s a ton of fun. I recently learned how to improvise a very “trippy” style of solo on the guitar.
You can take a look at it here, I also show you how exactly how to play it.

The genre I usually listen to is probably new to you.  It’s called Kpop, which stands for Korean Pop. I like their style of music and the use of different vocal styles. Here’s my favorite song: Love Song. They also have some of the best live performances around. Their concerts are all carefully choreographed to appeal to the audience. Some even going as far as making an entrance on a suspended piano (TaeYang) Once you get around the fact that it’s in a different language it’s actually makes for some good listening!  Kpop has a variety of artists, but is mainly controlled by several big names: SHINee, Super Junior, BigBang. Within these groups there are solo artists such as TaeYang and Seungri, they all have very successful solo tracks. Check them out on Youtube! They also have very unique hairstyles that just play a part in the show part of their performances.

Now you know a little more about the variety of music on earth and how diverse it can be!  You might think that Kpop isn’t popular in North America but BigBang’s album “Tonight” reached #6 in the United States! So give it a try!

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