A Simple Song Of Love To The Memory Of King Bhumibol Adulyadej

Thailand Tatler dedicates an original song to a king who loved music and his people, first and foremost

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Origins

In the summer of 2016, when the Thailand Tatler Heroes concept started taking shape, we were looking for a good song for the children of Yaowawit School in Phang-Nga province to sing. The idea was to bring well-loved Thai celebrity and vocal powerhouse, Da Endorphine, to the school to spend time with the children and teach them music with meaning. 

We knew that the song had to be an original and we were hoping for something along the lines of MJ’s Heal The World—a simple, universal and powerful tune. So, we turned to our good friends at top-notch recording studio in Chonburi, Karma Sound Studios, for help in writing and producing the anthem we were seeking. Ten days later, we had in our hands a song penned by Chris Porter and Chris Craker called Song Of Love. Simple, universal, powerful.

Debut

Through the patronage of our friends at Mercedes, we were able to take Da and a TV crew down to the school in southern Thailand to record the song performed live by the talented songstress and the children, after a day of fun and practicing. The show was then put together and aired as the second of four Thailand Tatler Heroes episodes on national television last year. It was a great success but it seemed to us like a waste to let Song Of Love fade away after a solitary airing.

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Da Endorphine with Yaowawit School children for last year's Thailand Tatler Heroes

So we developed a Thai version of the song and softly circulated it among families with talented young singers who had the potential to spread its message at their respective schools. The original English version also made a revival at our 2016 anniversary ball and at last year’s BCCT Christmas lunch—performed on both occasions by teenager Jirana “Funnie” Williamson, who appeared in the Tatler Heroes episode teaching the song to the kids of Yaowawit alongside Da.

One Year On

Still passionate about our song, this year we put our heads together again to brainstorm more ideas on how to take things to the next level. Joining forces with Karma Studios and Funnie Williamson once again, we found three more musically-gifted youngsters—Daniel Nardone, Beatrice Sweeney and Pawinpon Theerawong—to help us produce an official track of the song and a music video.  

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Pawinpon, Funnie, Daniel and Beatrice gathered around a baby grand piano in the Karma Sound recording studio, with Daniel in the driver's seat, to practice their parts to perfection

Recorded and shot in just one day, we are very proud to be able to release the official music video of our Song Of Love. It’s an anthem about learning to love rather than to hate, despise or even just neglect one another. We feel that there couldn’t be a more appropriate time to release such a positive message, given that the world seems to be increasingly consumed by violence and intolerance.

And, there is also no time better than now in Thailand to dedicate our song, the Song Of Love, to the memory of the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej. The King of Love.

The Song Of Love

Lyrics:

If I could make a difference, I’d change this world for good.
If I could send a message, I’d make it understood.

We need to work together, together we are strong.
And if we work together, the work won’t take so long...

If we could learn to throw our arms around the world, there’d always be enough.
Yeah, maybe we could sing together, all around the world... A simple song of love. 

It only takes a moment and everything can change.
You learn to let the love in; it doesn’t feel so strange. 

We need to work together, together we are strong.
And if we work together, the work won’t take so long...

If we could learn to throw our arms around the world, there’d always be enough.
Yeah, maybe we could sing together, all around the world... A simple song of love.

If we believe in ourselves, there’s nothing that we cannot do.
And with a song in our hearts, this strength will start shining through...

If we could learn to throw our arms around the world, there’d always be enough.
Yeah, maybe we could sing together, all around the world... A simple song of love.

 If we could learn to throw our arms around the world, there’d always be enough.
Yeah, maybe we could sing together, all around the world... A simple song of love.


Story by Nigel Oakins and Mika Apichatsakol