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Old 02-04-2017, 12:21 AM
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Foreign language song that moves you...

... Even if you don't understand the words.

I'm American - I don't speak or understand french - but this song really resonates with me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDcgOpUp2nc
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:54 AM
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Assuming you mean by "moves" that it makes you feel sad, a couple came immediately to mind:

Cai Qin - Ferry (Chinese)
Spirited Away - Always with me (Japanese)
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:05 AM
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I listen to foreign-language operas and operettas all the time, and in most cases don't speak the language. For the more familiar ones, I have a general knowledge of what they're singing about, but many times not even that. I still love the music. The trick is to treat the voice as just another musical instrument, and the music as an instrumental. But learning about the context and general meaning do add to the experience. But there have been times when I've been damn surprised at what the words actually meant.
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:09 AM
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When I was in high school, the county chorus program I participated in one year did "Erev Shel Shoshanim", which instantly captivated me and has remained lodged in my brain and heart ever since (some 27 years or so now).
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:22 AM
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Assuming you mean by "moves" that it makes you feel sad, a couple came immediately to mind:

Cai Qin - Ferry (Chinese)
Spirited Away - Always with me (Japanese)
No, I don't necessarily mean sad but it could be. Just if you feel a connection.
I love the two you linked to. That's the kind of thing I was looking for.

Also, thanks JJ for turning me onto that. Beautiful.
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Old 02-04-2017, 02:09 AM
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I'm a sucker for sentimental movies. At the end of Comrades: Almost a Love Story, two true loves (almost lovers) meet each other in New York City after some years by chance, when both are attracted to a news account of the death of their mutual idol, singer Teresa Teng. I've fast-forwarded the above Youtube (the complete movie) to the (almost*) final scene; but go forward another 60 seconds to hear the song "Tian Mi Mi" which begins just before their eyes meet. (Even watching this now, my eyes tear up! ) (* - After the final scene, the movie flashes back to their first chance encounter ten years before, as Mainlanders unfamiliar with Hong Kong's subway.)

Here's another Youtube of Teresa Teng singing "Tian Mi Mi".
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Old 02-04-2017, 08:42 AM
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Yannick's C'est Soiree La
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:14 AM
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Matador by Los Fabulosos Cadillacs is on workout playlist.
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:34 AM
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Hebrew Slaves Chorus from Nabucco.

Fado Português, Amália Rodrigues
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:41 AM
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con ti partiro is about the only thing I can think of. I don't listen to a lot of foreign music.
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:40 AM
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I hate music with words I can understand. My entire playlist is of songs in foreign languages. Currently, Aster Aweke's "Ashe Weyina" (Amharic, from Ethiopia) is at the top of the chart.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=odSy...4046A4B9425E66
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Old 02-04-2017, 11:12 AM
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Antonio Carlos Jobim's Águas de Março is one of the best songs ever.
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Old 02-04-2017, 11:37 AM
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Antonio Carlos Jobim's Águas de Março is one of the best songs ever.
As is Insensatez, by Jobim and Vinicius de Moraes.
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Old 02-04-2017, 11:37 AM
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Here's a lovely little song, with great ear-worm potential, by the hugely popular Indonesian singer Raisa,, complete with lyrics on the screen so you can follow along:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOwU...4046A4B9425E66

In our own backyard, there is Marie Jo Therio, a New Brunswick stylist who composes and self-accompanies her own unique style of music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fC3e...4046A4B9425E66

And who wouldn't fall in love with this stunning Swiss yodeler, Melanie Oesch?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wGexgNKPl0k
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Old 02-04-2017, 12:52 PM
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Also, I stumbled across Indica, a Finnish band on YouTube a few years ago that really caught me. They record Finnish and English versions of their songs, but I like listening to the Finnish versions even though I have absolutely no understanding of Finnish at all.

Pida Kadesta (minus the diacritics...I'm not fiddling with that here)
Vuorien Taa
Linnansa Vanki
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:13 PM
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You've heard bits of this song in a regrettable number of commercials, and possibly a movie or two. But listen to the end. I end up feeling a little defiant and with shoulders back and chin up. I did look up the English translation at some point, so I do know what it's about.

Edith Piaf - Non je ne regretted rien
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Old 02-04-2017, 01:15 PM
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I like this performance of that. And I don't speak French at all but Edith Piaf singing Non, Je ne regrette rien is great.
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Old 02-04-2017, 03:00 PM
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A beautiful Filipino song by Ted Ito. Ikaw Pa Rin https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvwFV9Uu5vs
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Old 02-04-2017, 05:26 PM
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Another Jobim tune: Corcovado.
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Old 02-04-2017, 05:34 PM
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Here is one of my favorite songs. It's a very famous love song, from an operetta by Franz Lehar.
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Old 02-04-2017, 05:45 PM
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This is an unusual song from a Bollywood film; it's very Western, uptempo and jazzy.
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Old 02-04-2017, 05:56 PM
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Please don't hate me -- Volverás, by Ricky Martin (yes, he helped compose it). I was so intrigued by its melody, chord progression, etc., that I transcribed it using Forte (delaying my dissertation by a week, but anyway...)

I do understand Spanish pretty well, but not Irish, and I'm also moved by certain Irish-language songs, like this one by Clannad -- Coinleach Glhas an Fhomair (not the later New Agey version, but the original folkier one).

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Old 02-04-2017, 06:10 PM
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For the Ricky haters, here's a wonderfully moving, but more "serious," Spanish-language song -- Eliades Ochoa's version of Al Vaivén de Mi Carreta.
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Old 02-04-2017, 06:25 PM
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Corsica by Petru Guelfucci.
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Old 02-04-2017, 06:28 PM
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... Even if you don't understand the words.

I'm American - I don't speak or understand french - but this song really resonates with me:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KDcgOpUp2nc
Thanks for this. I just ordered a couple of her albums.
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Old 02-04-2017, 06:33 PM
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For certain values of "moved", there's Burzum "Det Som Engang Var".

More mainstream: Kyu Sakamoto "Sukiyaki". Can't understand a word, but his pained, plaintive voice perfectly conveys his heartbreak.

Last edited by buddha_david; 02-04-2017 at 06:36 PM.. Reason: Changed the Burzum example because the first was actually English. Had no idea.
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Old 02-04-2017, 06:42 PM
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Because it literally makes my spine tingle, Prisencolinensinainciusol. It's actually on my funeral song list. I defy anyone to not be moved by it.
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Old 02-04-2017, 08:02 PM
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Because it literally makes my spine tingle, Prisencolinensinainciusol. It's actually on my funeral song list. I defy anyone to not be moved by it.
That was.....horrifying.
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Old 02-04-2017, 09:39 PM
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Yeah, ummm... interesting. Can I be one of the dancers at your wedding?

I'm not a huge anime fan, but I do like Attack on Titan, and I realized a big part of that is the music.

The original overarching theme is bold, and an odd amalgam of Japanese and German opera.

(There's a version by violinist Taylor Davis, but it's an instrumental, so not legally part of this thread...)

There's even a video titled "Further Proof that the Attack on Titan Theme Goes With Literally Everything"...


But the closing theme is completely different; lyrical and haunting.
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:00 PM
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Don't know if Latin counts, but Ave Marie, sung well is very moving
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Old 02-04-2017, 10:06 PM
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Because it literally makes my spine tingle, Prisencolinensinainciusol. It's actually on my funeral song list. I defy anyone to not be moved by it.
One of my favorites! ETA: Here's the version I'm more familiar with that will give a little more context.

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Old 02-04-2017, 10:26 PM
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I have a CD in the car by Italy's 'Il Volio' and I dunno what they're singing, but it's so gorgeous, I don't care. One favorite is 'Per Te'. heavenly. There's something about Italian tenors and singers in general...Bellissimo.

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Old 02-04-2017, 10:50 PM
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pulykamell, you're a kamel after my own (funereal) heart. Love that version - thought I'd go shorthand retro.

Aw, JKellyMap don't it just make you have to..... dance?

digs, you can't dance at my wedding, but you sure can shake it up at my funeral

Lots of interesting choices here dopers - some I'm familiar with, others not at all; so thanks for the new musical pathways. Except for the yodelling. That's a psychopathway.

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Old 02-04-2017, 11:28 PM
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The African Bantu languages seem almost to predicate the soukous genre of music. Congolese singer Mbilia Bel sings in Lingala, a language whose syllables are all clearly enunciated with almost equal stress, which is a perfect fit for the music:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fk1W...E9D2E962E43DA7
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Old 02-05-2017, 12:48 AM
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I suppose this is technically a foreign language, even though it's the native tongue of my country of origin, because I don't actually speak it. Anyways, it's called Poi E, by the Patea Maori Club, and was a big hit in New Zealand in 1982. Warning: It's a product of its time, but it's upbeat and fun.
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Old 02-05-2017, 05:59 AM
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Aw, JKellyMap don't it just make you have to..... dance?
Absolutely. I retract my sour reaction. I guess if had said "memorial service" rather than "funeral," I would have been more prepared for something fun like that!

In fact, you have inspired me to request that KC and the Sunshine Band be played at my memorial service. Shake that thing!
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Old 02-05-2017, 06:11 AM
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I Think I Remember Getting In Trouble...

...... for posting a song in German years ago, but was in der Hölle, here's my contribution:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Ag3QNdomuQ
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Old 02-05-2017, 06:53 AM
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Pink Martini, an American band, makes a fair number of songs in other languages. My favorite is Sympathique.
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Old 02-05-2017, 09:05 AM
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Soukora, Ali Farka Toure & Ry Cooder, sung in Bambara.
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Old 02-05-2017, 11:04 AM
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Ederlezi in Romani
Polegnala E Todora in Bulgarian
Akatsukino Ito in Japanese
Egil's Saga in Old Norse/Icelandic
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Old 02-05-2017, 11:53 AM
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I'm glad I don't understand Bulgarian - I don't really want to know what the words to this song are, as the sound of the voices makes me weep every time.

Malka Moma
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Old 02-05-2017, 01:31 PM
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I'm glad I don't understand Bulgarian - I don't really want to know what the words to this song are, as the sound of the voices makes me weep every time.

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Old 02-05-2017, 02:22 PM
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I love this song by Modeste Hugues: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x1b...treritra_music

No idea what the words mean but I find the combination of the melody, guitar, and his lovely voice extremely moving.
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Old 02-05-2017, 09:40 PM
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fITsThQ0OjU

It was really the video the moved me rather than the song itself.
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Old 02-05-2017, 09:54 PM
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I always liked Spirit's Jewish.
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Old 02-06-2017, 05:06 AM
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Antonio Carlos Jobim's Águas de Março is one of the best songs ever.
Very nice. I love Jobim. Another good one: Desafinado.
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Old 02-06-2017, 09:13 AM
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Very haunting: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=FEMZqYM3Peg
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Old 02-06-2017, 10:00 AM
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There are a number of Chinese hits that have over 100-million hits on YouTube, that western listeners have never heard of. ("Hey Jude" has only 45 million). One Chinese hit has already gone over 2-billion on Chinese streaming sites. Many are lovely, refreshing songs, performed with sensitivity and feeling, well-suited to the gentle eastern culture. Many ae influenced by Faye Wong.

Here's a play list of some of the most popular.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_sQS...c7tpQa&index=1

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Old 02-06-2017, 10:02 AM
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Imidiwan Afrik Tendam by Tinariwen

Love that band, and I have very little idea of what they're singing. But I'm sure it's something nice.
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Old 02-06-2017, 10:08 AM
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Here's an intensely beautiful song by Faye Wong, that it easy to get the feeling for, even if you don't understand the words

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=61uVHd8OL6Y
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