Monday Travel Songs – Love is Deficiently Around

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to Wales with a folk song that reminds me of my birthplace.

Week Number Eight – Dacw ‘Nghariad (There is Love) by Eve Goodman: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nrkgdj0bVAo

Why Did I Choose This Song?

I choose Dacw ‘Nghariad because this beautiful song reminds me of home. The old Welsh language is breathtaking and really magical, even though some people think it’s way out of date. Also, I really miss Wales so much; it’s really different from the busy surroundings of London.

One day, I would love to return to Wales. I would love to re-walk on the beaches, I would love to adventure the cities, the beautiful fields and the tall, green woodland areas. It’ll be a dream, which I hope will come true. 🙂

Monday Travel Songs – Relaxing the Mind 

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to India with a beautiful song that’ll take your mind away.

Week Number Seven – Pi’s Lullaby by Mychael Danna: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KlCYCV1nuZc

Why Did I Choose This Song?

Life of Pi is one of my favourite life action films ever and this song gives me chills and relaxes my mind very time I listen to it. It’s a fantastic, peaceful and beautiful song that I highly recommend to listen. You’ll mind will be instantly relaxed in no time. 🙂

Monday Travel Songs – Start Spreading the News and Begin to Be Apart of It!!!!!!

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to New York City in America with a song you’ll recognise instantly. 🙂

Week Number Six – New York, New York by Frank Sinatra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KJQNMqVIug

About the Song

New York, New York is a theme song, sung by Frank Sinatra from the Martin Scorsese film of the same name. This song is composed by John Kander and the lyrics were written by Fred Ebb.

Recorded in 1979, Sinatra realised the single for his album, Trilogy: Past Present Future which was realised a year later. Even though it is a single, Sinatra occasionally performs the song as a duet with Liza Minnelli (who the song was originally written for).

Why Did I Choose This Song?

I choose this song because of it’s classic, catchy tune. It’s an ionic theme that makes me say to myself, “I want to go there” and “I’ll be there someday”. One day, I will go to New York and I’ll have a blast. 🙂

Monday Travel Songs – Transport Through Spirit… With a Little Bit of Disney. ;)

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to South Africa, with a beautiful song I grew up with. And through this love, the song (as well as other things) influenced me to develop a dream of travelling to Africa.

Week Number Five – Lea Halalela (Holy Land) by Khululiwe Sithole & Lebo M. : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TO5zJ_ymYEk

Lyrics in Zulu

Fatshe leso
Lea halalela

Uli-buse le lizwe
Izwe lethu
Mhlaba wethu
Uli phathe Kahle
Izwe lethu
Izwe lehtu

Uzo libusa
Le lizwe
Uli buse kahle
Uzo libusa
Le lizwe
Le lizwe

Fatshe leso
Lea halalela

Uli-buse le lizwe
lzwe lethu
Mhlaba wethu
U’zuli qondise
Izwe lethu
Izwe lethu

Fatshe leso
Lea halalela

English Translation 

Our land
Is holy

You must rule this land
The land of the people
Soil of the people
Handle it with care
This land of ours
This land of ours

You will rule
This land
Rule it with care
You will rule
This land
This land

Our land
Is holy

You must rule this land
The land of the people
Soil of the people
Keep it in order
This land of ours
This land of ours

Our land
Is holy

About the Song

Holy Land was composed by Hans Zimmer, with lyrics written by Leo M and sung by his South African choir. The song was released in 1995, following the theatrical release of the third successful animated film of all time – The Lion King.

It was part of a audio CD called Rhythm of the Pride Lands, as a sequel to the film’s original soundtrack.

However, Rhythm was originally planned to be an independent project by Jay Rifkin and Lebo M. As time went by, Disney became interested, and applied to take part and support Rhythm. And is was were we ended up with today. 😉

If you are wondering why the music in Holy Land is similar, then you might recognise that Holy Land was rewritten – for the Broadway Musical adaptation. The song was, of course, Shadowland.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BX2e270rmeM

Why Did I Choose This Song?

I choose Holy Land because of it’s beautiful music and magical lyrics – even in Zulu, this song is pretty powerful.

It is a true example of a beautiful, original and sensational song – if you haven’t checked out Holy Land, Rhythm of the Pride Lands, Shadowland or The Lion King in general, I highly recommend them. 🙂

Another Nomination

Before I wrap up this week’s Monday Travel Songs, I should shout out another nomination. Now this nomination is not a song, but a full work-print – from The Lion King.

In 1993, Disney was in the development of The Lion King and while the film was in the process, the company shared the first, full, draft feature; which was full of deleted dialogue and scenes (and a song) that didn’t make the final cut.

All of these clips can be seen on YouTube, all thanks to TommyPickles Fan1992, who created a playlist, for all Lion King fans. The playlist contains the original, storyboard drawings, before the film had a chance to hit the cinemas.

So, if you want to check it out (and press the “Play All” button), you’ll have a fun, full-packed and entertaining hour and a quarter. Definitely get the popcorn out and bring your Disney friends with you. 🙂

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLFPyHQ1p4wemFHI-oalAvtK_nUFB2JB-D

Monday Travel Song – Sweet Flamenco Paradise

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to Spain with a instrumental piece that’ll get you up and dancing.

Week Number Four – Pure Paradise by Armik: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDMbOU7S1Z8

Why Did I Choose This Song?

I choose this song because of its beautiful melody, which (every time I listen to it) transports me into Spain itself. It’s worth a listen and to dance to – you’ll be like this for weeks on end. 🙂

Now, it’s over to you. What’s your favourite from Spain and why? What part of the world would you like for me to go next Monday? Please let me know in the comments below. 😊

Monday Travel Songs – Italia-rific!

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to Italy, where we’ll celebrating their national anthem, in style. 🙂

Week Number Three –  Il Canto degli Italiani (The Song of the Italians or Mameli’s Hymn) by Goffredo Mameli and Michele Novaro: 

About the Song

The Italian National Anthem was composed in 1847 – the lyrics were first to see the light of day, in Genoa when a twenty-year-old student and patriot, Goffredo Mameli wrote them during a war against Austria; the reason for this was because Italy wanted independence.
Two months later, Michele Novaro composed the music.
Strangely enough, the Anthem was first created as a Hymn during the Risorgimento Period; it quickly became popular, spreading across the country. This popularity still continues to this day.
Why Did I Choose This Song?

Although I don’t choose National Anthems, I think this song is a wonderful example of celebrating a country and the Italian National Anthem is a really example of this. Another reason for choosing this song is that I’m quarter of Italian and I want to celebrate my Italian roots. 🙂

Now, it’s over to you. What’s your favourite from Italy and why? What part of the world would you like for me to go next Monday? Please let me know in the comments below. 😊

Monday Travel Song – Inner Beautiful Joy

Welcome to Monday Travel Songs, where I post and share geographic songs from all over the world. In this week’s post, we’ll be travelling to Serbia with a song I adore because of its beautiful lyrics.

Week Number Two – Ceo Svet Je Moj (Le Monde est a Moi/Beauty Never Lies) by Bojana Stamenov  

The Song in Serbian French and English:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FKT4BwMq3h8 (Serbian, I think)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fxJleRssy9k (French)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QAAz2VbuORw (English)

About the Song

Beauty Never Lies was an entry for Serbia, in participation for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest. Although the country has a complicated relationship with the contest, this entry ended up being in the top ten in the results poll.

This song sends a message – that inner beauty is fantastic and we should celebrate it.

Why Did I Choose This Song?

When I first listened to the song on this year’s Eurovision contest (2015), this is one of the songs that I fell in love with. It’s inspirational, up-lifting and one that’ll make you smile when your feeling down. If you get the chance, I’ll recommend to listen (and a sing along) 🙂

Now, it’s over to you. What’s your favourite from Serbia and why? What part of the world would you like for me to go next Monday? Please let me know in the comments below. 😊