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Yungchen Lhamo — Happiness Is...
Album: Coming Home
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Released: 2002
Length: 4:53
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Found this:

"The message of this song, according to (Yunchen Lhamo), is "finding your path and following it...often, the things we think make us happy have no real meaning in our lives. There is a way of thinking, of living that has
meaning, and it is the happiness found on this path that we really
should be searching for."

Beautiful song.

I have a bone to pick with you RP....

You are playing away in the background as always and you KEEP INTERRUPTING ME!
Time and again I have to stop what I am doing and delve into the detail of what you are playing.

Another lovely piece of music - Thank you, I suppose.
I love this song and her voice. 8/10.
Think the Grizzly Guy was commenting in this Artists favor.
Stating "Yoko Ono is a Strangled Cat - yet she gets better reviews.." 
(- than this lovely piece ... and that really is not cool.) ??

This Artist sounds so much sweeter than Yoko, the latter of which does sound like a feline being asphyxiated. Just sayin'.

 
ChodesBaby wrote:
It's a beautiful rendition of Happiness as sung/narrated by a native Tibetian. East Asian vocals are entirely different than that of the western world unless of course they've been trained otherwise.  I don't think she warrants negative comments just because she's not catering to "westernized" ears.  Each to their own as always, but try and have a little respect for all artists and their genres.  The strangling cat comment was highly unnecessary but I doubt very much that the thought came from a professional.

 

First time to hear this enchanting work.  Really like it.  Thanks, RP!
 Proclivities wrote:
Pretty nice little piece;  I probably won't go out and buy this, but it's a good listen here.

 
I went out and bought it!  Absolutely lovely song. It moves me.
A  beautiful blending of western instruments and that hypnotic eastern voice  , sweet stuff.
I thought that was the horse's tail, it's actually her hair  
 rpdevotee wrote:
Wow...I thought this was Dengue Fever!  Who knew Cambodian music could sound so close to Tibetan music!
 
Lots of Chinese influence in both - maybe some influence in the other directions too.

ALL tastes are. 

3
An "acquired taste" indeed… 7 -> 8
Exquisite.
 kcar wrote:
Dengue Fever "Uku" —> PSD—> this. 

{#Eek}{#Stop} {#Headache}


Captain Kirk (Shatner) in foreground, choking, as are Chekhov and Uhuru in background.


 
That's just too damn funny right there!
... Peacefull and Lovefull
Wow...I thought this was Dengue Fever!  Who knew Cambodian music could sound so close to Tibetan music!
 peter.gerzner wrote:
Was soll der Quatsch!!!!!!!
 

Stumpfe Aussage. Bist du sicher, dass RP der richtige Sender für dich ist?
Trippy
beautiful!!! almost like sainkho namtchylak. more, please, more 😃
Was soll der Quatsch!!!!!!!
this is really pretty.
Very nice!
lovely
I didn't hear enough of the track -- psd'd there, too late -- but there are two splendid creatures in that impressive cover art. 
. . . the PSD button.
Wow. Haven't heard this in years. Thanks, Bill
Dengue Fever "Uku" —> PSD—> this. 

{#Eek}{#Stop} {#Headache}


Captain Kirk (Shatner) in foreground, choking, as are Chekhov and Uhuru in background.


 jjbix wrote:
nice run with the ladies here, now THIS is the kind of special music you won't hear on lesser radio stations (like the talking heads for example), great job Bill!
 
RP makes coming to work a pleasure, where I can sit and dream for some considerable time without interruption.  Agnes Obel, Yunchen Lhamo and now Kate Bush.  What a start to my dreary Monday.  I raise a glass to Mr & Mrs G and wish you both a wonderful New Year.
 Dani-O wrote:
Maybe western countries needs stronger education to learn appreciate other cultures, or a more plural mass communications system. This woman sings beautifully! But of course, it is not pop music nor opera.
 
Subjectivity does not (always) equate to ignorance. I doubt you could "educate me" into enjoying this.


 Grizzly_old_man wrote:
Yoko Ono is a strangled cat yet she gets much better reviews here.

Wonder bout that. 

 
To most here, if it's not a toe tapping Country & Western song it's a flaming turd. 
Question is, with all the brain numbing C&W stations out there, why are these people here?  
Yoko Ono is a strangled cat yet she gets much better reviews here.

Wonder bout that. 
Yes pretty good and on PSD instead of Queen.
 HazzeSwede wrote:
When artists like this one come's up on the playlist,the Wiki link is pritty handy !
 
Yes but a link to Allmusic would be even better!
When artists like this one come's up on the playlist,the Wiki link is pritty handy !
It's a beautiful rendition of Happiness as sung/narrated by a native Tibetian. East Asian vocals are entirely different than that of the western world unless of course they've been trained otherwise.  I don't think she warrants negative comments just because she's not catering to "westernized" ears.  Each to their own as always, but try and have a little respect for all artists and their genres.  The strangling cat comment was highly unnecessary but I doubt very much that the thought came from a professional.

Someone end this girl's misery. Or at least mine.
Pretty nice little piece;  I probably won't go out and buy this, but it's a good listen here.

I was surprised to see the title, because it sounds like a very sad and mournful sound...heartbreakingly beautiful
I'll gladly bow down before the Goddess of Song.  
 inindian wrote:
Some thoughtful comments and quite a few narrow ignorant-sounding ones..yikes
 
Yep, still the same old same old! Hmm, maybe a few more positive comments now!


Mysterious and aesthetic - who needs words when there is sound filled with meaning.
 a_genuine_find wrote:

Yungchen Lhamo's name means "Goddess of Song", a name given her by a holy man soon after she was born near Lhasa. . . .

 
Sounds like that holy man knew what he was talking about.  I love her voice.

She has a very distinctive voice. I saw her perform at the Mission Folk Festival this summer, and although her style simply is not quite my taste, I could not help but recognize here as soon as I heard her here.

Another artist who performed at the festival, who I enjoyed much more, was Kiran Ahluwalia, another great singer. Unfortunately she seems to be almost unknown in the states.

Lhamo's international success as a Tibetan singer is unprecedented. She has toured the world, singing unaccompanied a combination of songs of her own composition and traditional Buddhist chants and mantras. She has performed with artist like Annie Lennox, Billy Corgan from Smashing Pumpkins, Peter Gabriel, Sheryl Crow, Natalie Merchant, bringing her traditions to new audiences. She has toured extensively as a part of the WOMAD World music festivals.

Yungchen Lhamo's name means "Goddess of Song", a name given her by a holy man soon after she was born near Lhasa. She left Tibet in 1989 at age 22, via the perilous navigation of the Himalayas in order to escape oppression from the Chinese regime governing Tibet. She made a pilgrimage to Dharamsala, to receive the blessings of the Dalai Lama, where he lives in exile. She was inspired to reach out to the world through her music, to share her culture and educate people about Tibet. She moved to Australia in 1993, then to New York City in 2000.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yungchen_Lhamo




From Tibet? I wonder how much airplay this artist gets in China. I don't recall her voice from the recent olympic celebrations.


 sadsack wrote:
Old_Pat wrote:
Have hard time rating this.... Why I listen to Radio Paradise. Thanks
  
Exactly. 

nice pony
MJMJ wrote:
Tibet needs stronger laws against strangling cats, apparently
Maybe western countries needs stronger education to learn appreciate other cultures, or a more plural mass communications system. This woman sings beautifully! But of course, it is not pop music nor opera.
MJMJ wrote:
Tibet needs stronger laws against strangling cats, apparently
ha ha that is very very funny!!! i thought about replying something like "wailing unhappiness" to this song but yours is best.
OOOOooowwwoooohhhhhaahhhhhhhh :moon: :stop:
Happiness is....having a mute button.
Tibet needs stronger laws against strangling cats, apparently
huebdoo wrote:
that asian sound can be amazing and soulful and sometimes can grate at you like forks on a plate. Its not as naisal sounding as some asian singers have or shrilly like Indian singers can be. This has some style to it and is taking a page out of Robert Fripp or Brian Eno in a way... I like it PR has got some funky Asian music going on today... Middle Eastern / Asian flavouring today for sure Bring on the Cumin and Figs
I love it when I can't quite put my finger on something, then I scroll back and find someone has already done it for me! Thanks! You said exactly what I was feeling.
Ride a white poney...
nice run with the ladies here, now THIS is the kind of special music you won't hear on lesser radio stations (like the talking heads for example), great job Bill!
Wow that is a serious looking hand sign there.. Japanese ninja gangstah style! (click here)
Nice album cover
First time hearing this...very nice indeed!
Beautiful....
I really like it..not your every day stuff
Some thoughtful comments and quite a few narrow ignorant-sounding ones..yikes :sad:
This is quite likeable. However I just don't see having it on the iPod as you're driving along. It requires a more serious listen.
I love world music. I would probably love this minus the vocals. She's ok, just not my cup of green tea. (She seems out of tune a lot.) Note that it appears to be on Peter Gabriel's label.
liser wrote:
Happiness used to be a warm puppy, at least in the 1970's. Now I just don't know. I don't think this is it, though.
Before that, it was a warm gun. Maybe it is again, I don't know.
Happyness is anything but this. This is more like desperation, melancholy.
Thanks for keeping this in the rotation. Brilliant! I love this..had to up it from an 8 to 9
southend wrote:
Like Yoko Ono, but not as good.
God why do people keep uttering these foul,stench ridden words?
Hanging on every sound. Like to hear more!
Don't know what she's singing about but very chillful - nice on a rainy day! :good-vibes:
I can't say that I really like it, but there's something about it that I find very compelling.
that asian sound can be amazing and soulful and sometimes can grate at you like forks on a plate. Its not as naisal sounding as some asian singers have or shrilly like Indian singers can be. This has some style to it and is taking a page out of Robert Fripp or Brian Eno in a way... I like it PR has got some funky Asian music going on today... Middle Eastern / Asian flavouring today for sure Bring on the Cumin and Figs
Daniel_Pittenger wrote:
Is she dying? Someone put her out of her misery, it sounds painful!
You're actually hearing the horse.
Is she dying? Someone put her out of her misery, it sounds painful!
The fact that I don't understand what she is saying just makes this song more beautiful.
Old_Pat wrote:
Have hard time rating this.... Why I listen to Radio Paradise. Thanks
Have hard time rating this.... perfectly lovely at the beginning - the voice, the intonation, and the absolutely sublime 'Asian' sound. Thought at first that it was Japanese. Then all that western crap at the end..... why couldn't the producer just let it be? (But then, perhaps, it wouldn't appeal to the World Music crowd and thereby effect sales....)
Sorry, I like it.
Happiness used to be a warm puppy, at least in the 1970's. Now I just don't know. I don't think this is it, though.
I like Beth Orton. I own many Beth Orton albums. Yungchem Lhamo is no Beth Orton :naughty:
Someone please put her out of my misery. Skid_Mark wrote:
Kinda has a Beth Orton-like feel to it, vocals & music. Good tune!
Ugh. I love Beth Orton and it'd be a hell of a stretch for me to make that leap.
trekhead wrote:
Pink Floyd meets....? 7.
No Way!!
yungchen lame-o
It captured me at precisely the right moment in time....soothing the beast and the dragon that binds me. Loving it.
Midnight in the UK been along day this is cool :roflol:
Actually I was about to say this reminds me of a mellow, less dense Dead Can Dance. :think:
loud_family_fan wrote:
I've noticed that whenever I give a song a 1, someone writes that it sounds like Beth Orton. I don't know her music, but I must really dislike it.
That's funny :cheesygrin:
Skid_Mark wrote:
Kinda has a Beth Orton-like feel to it, vocals & music. Good tune!
I've noticed that whenever I give a song a 1, someone writes that it sounds like Beth Orton. I don't know her music, but I must really dislike it.
Pink Floyd meets....? 7.
I need an espresso after this
Lovely. I'd like to hear more.
Kinda has a Beth Orton-like feel to it, vocals & music. Good tune!
The name should have been "Bitter is..."
Quite beautiful. Yoko Ono?? Try again.
southend wrote:
Happiness is ... when this is over. Like Yoko Ono, but not as good.
:lol: well i like it.. anyway ! seems to have a nice balance - Peace to chaos
5 o'clock on Friday afternoon ET - why decide to put us in a new age coma with this now? I don't expect rock blocks from RP, thank goodness, but this following the Conjure One is yucko. Maybe on Sunday morning or something.
Happiness is ... when this is over. Like Yoko Ono, but not as good.
gives me a headache
ok, so this is not a 3:40 pop ballad; if you favour that style, this may not be your cup of tea. But I don't listen to RadioParadise to hear top40 hits. I loved this piece, and its blend of tibetan vocals with some new-ageish instrumentals. Unique!
tony620d wrote:
cant, already killed myself
:lol:
wow !
Bob-Loblaw wrote:
Please kill me now.
cant, already killed myself
Reminds me of the "Riders of Rohan" theme from The Two Towers.
Please kill me now.
RichardPrins wrote:
The lingering guitars are somewhat like Fripp... Great CD! (on Gabriel's Real World label)
Or Satriani, I was thinking... Excellent tune.
Interesting, would like to hear this again to really absorb.
pilate wrote:
Hmmm... I think I'll give it a shot. :cheers:
Listening for the first time after Jan 13 and it sounds even better! Bumped it up a notch to a 8.
"Mmmmmmmmmm....Young, Tender, Lamb-o!..........Aurghhhhhhhhhh!!!"
Excellent CD and great track. An artist and also a track featured on (yet another) great RealWorld compilation - "Voices from the Real World." The production values and slight, but elaborate shining of the plucked stringed instruments punctuates her smooth tones perfectly. The touch of reverb later in the song is perfect.
Zukiwi wrote:
Yup love it too, the whole CD is worth its while! :sunny:
Hmmm... I think I'll give it a shot. :cheers:
smilestoomuch wrote:
I think this is beautiful for what it is. I don't think I could stand to listen to a whole CD though,.
I think my masseuse needs this in her collection... nice zzzz music.
pilate wrote:
Haunting. Beautiful. Love her voice.
Yup love it too, the whole CD is worth its while! :sunny:
Haunting. Beautiful. Love her voice.
It's fantastic...love it :D
Yungchen Lha-Meh! A 4.
I think this is beautiful for what it is. I don't think I could stand to listen to a whole CD though,.
Something you don't hear every day. I'm not sure if that's a good thing or not. I'd hate for something this strangely beautiful to become commonplace, but I wouldn't mind hearing more stuff like this.
:meditate.gif: gorgeous... her beautiful voice... I am soo getting into this set tonight
rascal420 wrote:
eggsellent
Yeah I got a McDonald's breakfast too...
eggsellent
:clap: The lingering guitars are somewhat like Fripp... Great CD! (on Gabriel's Real World label)
Beautiful, What Radio P should be all about