Mar
16
2010
0

Capturing Isaan

I spent this past Friday and Saturday recording some Isaan music. It was a good experience. It was my first time recording so many instruments simultaneously. It was also my first time recording music in a non-Western style. Coming from another culture, from a different music aesthetic, I had to be careful not to impose a Western aesthetic on the recording.

I’m still going over the recordings, but you can hear a sample here.

Operating in the Isaan language for two days was fun, though it put a severe draw on the ol’ gray cells. Talking with the drummer, an older blind man, I had the following exchange:

Drummer: “How do the drums sound?”
Myself: “I think they sound great”
Drummer: “Good, because I can’t see and sometimes I miss the drums”

Another benefit of the venture was a few meals worth of Isaan food.

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Jun
06
2009
1

First Ever Music Video

I’ve now made my first attempt at making a music video for รอคอยเธอ

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May
13
2009
3

รอคอยเธอ

I’m very (probably overly) proud of myself. I have now written a song in Thai. Below is the Thai version of Waiting Song. If you speak Thai, please give me some input. Does it makes sense?

รอคอยเธอ


words and music by Micah Fickett

ฉันอยากเจอเธอตอนนี้
ฉันอยากจับมือของเธอ
แต่จะรอให้พระเจ้า
ได้เตรียมเธอไว้

ไม่ต้องให้เธอเร่งรีบ
เธอไม่ต้องมาเดี๋ยวนี้
เพราะเธอมีค่าอย่างยิ่ง
ฉันจะรอ . . . รอคอยเธอ

จะอธิษฐานในช่วงนี้
ให้พระเจ้าดูแลเธอ
และให้พระองค์เปลี่ยนเรา
ให้เป็นคู่จากพระเจ้า

เคยคิดว่าได้เจอเธอแล้ว
หลายคร้ังแน่ใจว่า
ฉันพบคู่ของฉัน
แต่กลับเจอความผิดหวัง

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Dec
03
2008
0

Seemingly Unchanged

words and music by Micah Fickett

I went to you and said “I’m sorry”
Crying tears that felt so real
But here I am again seemingly unchanged

I’m weary of feelings
That tide goes out and leaves me dry
I’ve given up on tears
Those salty drops so often lie

Chorus

Dare I cry again
Shall I risk another tear
Will future actions betray
Emotions now thought sincere

Chorus

What can I do
To fall in love with you
In a way that changes me

Chorus

Unfasten these shackles
These bonds forged by my own hands
Why do I come back here
Over and over again

Can a hard heart like mine be made soft again?
(for longer than a moment)
What will it take to set this prisoner free?

Chorus 2x

Copyright 2008, all rights reserved

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Nov
06
2008
3

น้ำแห่งชีวิต

This has been one of my favorite songs since my arrival in Thailand. I wanted to share it with you so I recorded it. I wanted you to understand it so I translated it. I couldn’t find a good recording as a reference so it is quite possible that I have the melody wrong. I also have not yet found the author’s name. If anyone wants to direct me to either a recording or the appropriate information to give proper credit for this great song, please do so. In the meantime, enjoy.

ใจที่กระหายและเหนื่อย
ใจที่ทนทุกข์ลำบาก
ใจที่หมดหวังทุกอย่าง
จงเข้ามา

พระองค์เป็นน้ำแห่งชีวิต
ให้เราดื่มน้ำแห่งชีวิต
หล่อเลี้ยงหัวใจ
ให้ชีวิตใหม่
แม่น้ำแห่งชีวิตจะรินไหลมาจากใจ

Heart that is tired and thirsty
Heart that has faced great trials
Heart that has lost all hope
Enter here

He is the river of life
You may drink of His life
He’ll nourish your heart
Give life a new start
His river of life will then flow
From your heart

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