"Long Live the King of Thailand"- An article by Kelly Newton-Wordsworth (copyright 2007 Newtone Productions Pty Ltd)
"Long live the King" is a song for the King of Thailand, from my heart, and really to say what I as a foreigner see of him through "my eyes".
There are so many things that I admire about him, but the turning point for me was simply the way that I was so moved emotionally the first time I ever saw the DVD of him on Thai airways. I had uncontrollable tears pouring down my face as I watched this. I was very surprised myself to have this response! I don''t normally have uncontrollable tears watching documentaries!
When I first came to stay in Bangkok, I kept asking people how they felt about the King. Some people would cry as they spoke about him. This amazed me! Growing up in the West, I have never seen people feel this way about their leaders, in fact I have often seen the opposite reaction to leaders of countries and even royalty.
This love is so genuine of the Thai people for their "beloved" King,(as many refer to him). This has touched me and changed me forever.
It seems in the world that it is almost unheard of that the people of any nation feel that they are truly loved and cared for by their leaders. Certainly in the Western world, we mostly have politicians who seem to be only interested in themselves and their own positions of power.
I think deep down all people would love to have leaders that they can truly look up to, and be inspired by, but also feel that they are loved and appreciated by those leaders.
I believe that true leadership is supposed to be "reciprocal" thing, whereby the leaders gain personally in terms of power and influence, but in return they give the people who have lifted them to those positions a feeling that they are important, loved, appreciated
and listened to by those leaders.
When I saw the King of Thailand in this DVD, I was probably also crying from a feeling of grief of "not" having grown up with such a wonderful leader of my country.
To me the King of Thailand is what I would imagine a true King would be, or should be. As far as I am concerned, there is no one like him in the world. There is no leader on the earth, that I have known of (physically as
opposed to spitiually)in my lifetime so far, to come close to him, and he is a great human being who genuinely cares for the people of Thailand, and the future of the planet!
If he wasn''t "real" I would not have been moved to tears, just seeing the way that he looked at the people and cared so deeply for them and for the land, which I also love. I have been loving the land myself for almost 20 years since I moved to live and work with my husband William and our children on our bio-dynamic farm in Western Austraia. That love of the land was something I didn''t know before when I just lived in the city.
I think that is also a key of this feeling that I have for the King. The life that I have lived myself for the last nearly 20 years, has given to me the love that I have now for the soil, nature, forests, flowers, growing vegetables for our family to eat straight out of the garden, caring for the future generations of unborn children whom I want to see have the opportunity to experience the "realness" of an ancient forest, and eating their own home grown vegetables!
When I first saw the DVD of the King, I feel that these things that I have come to know because of being a farmer for so long, and really caring about growing food in a clean organic way with no chemicals or artificial fertilisers, brought me to feel what I feel for the King
and the appreciation that I have for what he has achieved in his life.
He is a visionary. He has been thinking "outside the box" for a long time. My husband and I have been thinking this way for only 20 years. Many people think inside the "box" and therefore don''t necessarily appreciate or have any understanding of what people like the King see and understand.
I love him, also for his music. I can listen to his compositions all day. He is a brilliant composer and musician, and his depth of feeling in the lyrics of his songs touches me to the core of my soul.I am also an artist, and a musician, so this is another way in which
he has touched my heart.
He is a man with such love in his heart, that must be why I was so moved the first time I saw him, and learnt just a "taste" of who he is. The more I learn the more I want to know him. When I sat recently in the Thailand Cultural centre and listened to the Bangkok symphony orchestra play some of his compositions, I was totally transfixed, as
if I was in a dream!
This was one of the greatest musical experiences of my life, which I will remember forever. He is a genius.
So it is with honour and respect that I have written this song for His Majesty, and I would love to one day soon be able to play his song for him "live". I say and sing, "Long live the King of Thailand"!
Biography for Kelly Newton-Wordsworth
Raised in Perth, Australia, Kelly Newton-Wordsworth was born into a musical family. Her grandfather and his brother were joint founders of the West Australian Symphony Orchestra.
She taught herself to play the guitar at the age of 6 and did her first concert at the age of 7. Throughout her schooling years she performed in many productions, winning awards for drama and singing.
She continued her pursuit of theatre at university, but surprisingly, Kelly''s life took another turn here where she graduated as a lawyer. She practiced briefly, and qualified as a barrister and solicitor, but the lure of the stage won out.
Her diverse talents brought a wide variety of achievements. She acted in leading roles in Perth theatre, including, "Dorothy" in the "Wizard of Oz" and "Lady Macbeth", turned down a movie with Nicole Kidman, hosted her own Australian Broadcasting Commission Radio program, and took her music to a host of events and venues throughout Australia.
All the while, her list of national and international awards and honours was growing.
She recorded her first album, "On the other side", an acoustic album of original and Irish ballads, just prior to moving to the country. On the strength of this album she was invited and flown over to sing in the National Folk festival, one of her songs, "Song for a pioneer Woman", having been selected as a one of the finals in the National Folk Songwriting Competition.
Her second album, "Changing Hearts", was recorded on CD and received critical acclaim with songs from it winning a number of songwriting awards from the Western Australian Music Industry Association. "Changing Hearts" was also nominated for best CD and Kelly for best songwriter and best female vocalist.
One of the award winning songs, "A Whale for the Killing", was included on the soundtrack of the video documentary "The Last Whale", which was televised and sold worldwide.
Four of Kelly''s songs were also selected for inclusion on a composite album entitled "Women at Work", featuring Western Australian female singers. "Women at Work" won the West Australian Music Industry''s best album award.
In 1996, Kelly recorded "Lately I''ve been changing". One of the songs from that album, "The Kalgoorlie Two-up School", was released Australia wide on a compilation album of Australian classics entitled "This is Australia".
Kelly received an Award of Merit in the 1997 South Pacific International Song Contest for her song "Untouchable Man" (from "Changing Hearts") and in that year she also received a Certificate of Distinction from the Unisong International Song Contest for another of her songs, "Serious"(Listen) (from "Lately I''ve been Changing").
In 1997, she also won an award for being the best female artist at the prestigious West Australian Boyup Brook Country Music Awards.
In 1997, Kelly was invited to sing at the opening ceremony of the World Healing Summit in California. On the strength of her performance and due to the messages in her songs, she was invited to perform at the World Women of Peace convention in Bosnia (May 1998) and she was a special guest at a concert at the World Healing Summit in Glastonbury, England.
In 1998, Kelly performed a number of supports for international artists, including Don McLean.
She also recorded a song for the soundtrack of the Australian feature film, "Justice".
Her 1998 CD single/CD-ROM entitled "What is happening to our forests?" was a Western Australian produced first to feature an interactive component including a video clip, slides and information.
In 1999 Kelly produced a new CD album "For our Planet". It features 3 video clips, a single ("Serious") and a CD single/CD-ROM ("What is happening to our forests?").
In 1999 Kelly began performing in Germany, supporting famous German artists such as Willi Astor and Wolfgang Ambrose before audiences of up to 8000 people.
In 2000, she was invited to submit a piece for the book, "Bessie''s Brollie", a collection of prominent Western Australian, "Women for the Environment".
In early 2001 she had her first concert tour in Germany as the headline act, performing at cities in southern Germany such as Nurenberg, Bamberg and Munich.
Throughout the year Kelly returned to Germany, 8 times, to perform concerts and to appear and perform on television shows including "Live at 5" on Euro Disney (the Disney channel in Europe) and the RTL Breakfast Show (RTL is Germany''s highest rating television station).
Kelly also performed live on radio in Germany including Nuremberg''s highest rating station Radio F and radio stations in Munich and Frankfurt.
Kelly''s travel in 2001 was sponsored by Malaysian Airlines.
In November, 2001, she won the environmental section in the Australian Songwriting Contest, and was told by the Australian Songwriters Association that she is in the top 1% of songwriters in Australia. The contest received 2,400 entries form all over Australia in a number of categories. Newton-Wordsworth was the only winner from Western Australia.
She won with her song, "One World, One Planet".... an emotional plea that expresses the sentiment that we only have one world and it''s time we took better care of it.
With her husband William and two of their children -- a third child lives and studies in Perth -- she works a property in Williams, Western Australia.
She has been farming biodynamically for the last 20 years following the method invented by the German genius, Rudolf Steiner, using no chemicals or pesticides.
In 1996, she won the ABC Rural Woman of the Year Award for the Great Southern area of Western Australia for her work in the field of sustainable agriculture.
In 2002, she performed in the biggest roadshow any Australian artist has ever done in Germany. She did a tour of 30 concerts in 29 cities, doing 2 hour concerts, solo with her guitar together with over 400 slides showing the beauty and character of Western Australia.
Her company, Newtone Productions,which she runs together with William, worked together with international partners, Cinestar, adventure Holidays, and the West Australian and Australian Tourism Commissions. Her tour was opened by the Western Australian Minister for Tourism, Clive Brown, in Berlin.
Her German music company, Newtone Music Germany, produced an album, "My Ancient Land" to go with the tour.
Due to the success of her concert tour in Germany, Kelly was invited to perform in late 2002 at the "Baden Treffen", the biggest songwriter''s festival in https://www.tradebit.com the last concert for the festival, she performed to around, 10,000 people, solo with her guitar, for two hours. According to television and radio reports, people considered her to be the best bard of the "Barden Treffen".
After these performances, she sang for the German Government, in their celebrations for the "day of the open door", where citizens can go into the offices of the politicians and see what is happening, "behind the scenes".
In 2003, she travelled to Germany to work with an artist who is signed to Neotone Music Productions Limited, a company that she and William own with international partners. This artist Gil Ofarim was at that time invited by Jon bon Jovi to open his concert to 70,000 people at the Olympia Stadium in Munich. He and Kelly wrote the song "In your eyes" together, which was released in Germany with a telefilm that has been made starring Gil as himself. This song was in the German top 100 for more than ten weeks and was in the top 10 songs on internet charts.
Kelly and William through their international record company Neotone have received interest from Ric Wake, a leading US producer with sales of over 400 million albums, in working together to release Gil Ofarim in the US. Kelly has co-written a number of the songs with Gil to be released on the proposed new album.
Whilst in Western Australia Kelly performs her individually as a solo artist with guitar. She mainly performs concerts, including recently performing with Jon Butler. Kelly is also performing jazz with The Oz Big Band, which is a well known Western Australian 20 piece big band.
2004. Kelly has recently returned from performing in India and the US. In India she was a main act at a the Leh World Music Festival, which was held in Ladakh, India. This festival was telecast live on TV throughout India, with the highest ratings in the country. At the time, due to India''s massive population, it was suggested that it may be the largest live audience for a concert ever. She also performed in Delhi and worked at their invitation with Ladakhi filmakers to make a video clip in Ladakh.
The making of the film clip for "In Your Brown Eyes", in Ladakh.
Kelly has just returned from the US where she performed at some venues in New York and worked on songwriting with Gil Ofarim.
Kelly is working on releasing a number of new albums in 2005 including jazz and gospel albums. She is also completing a filmscript for a film entitled "The Housewife".
Resume for 2006 and 2007
In March,2007 Kelly moved to Thailand to launch her music world wide. As soon as she moved to live in Bangkok, she started writing and recording her songs with a Thai producer, Cherdchai Wongusan.
In July she flew to Los Angeles to perform at one of the “Live Earth” concerts, which ran concurrently, in every nation on the planet, on the 7th July. She sang in concert that was held in Malibu.
She then travelled to New York and wrote and recorded a song called, "Big, big God",with a New York song writer, Shelly Riff.
After New York, she went on to meet with a producer in London, who had also been recently working on the “Live earth” concert in London, to look towards recording in the future. On from London to Germany, Kelly wrote and recorded a new song for “Superbrands” and recorded “live” one of her new songs, “You have a choice”, on Radio F Nurnberg. She also had the start of meetings regarding a near future singing tour of Germany.
Since she returned to Thailand, she has recorded her song “Long live the King of Thailand” and “There must be peace in Thailand” at a local studio. She has also recorded a song for Abbot Luang Phaw, at the Dhammakaya Foundation, called “Bright Shining sun”, which is showing on "Utube".
Kelly is passionate about her love for Thailand, and wants to make a difference to the country in any way that she can, through her music and also teaching farmers about her beloved “bio-dynamic” farming“. Kelly and her husband William have been farming “bio-dynamically”, which is a “life” giving method of agriculture, using no chemicals or artificial, nitrogen based https://www.tradebit.comly has a dream to help other farmers all over the world to learn how to do this. The result of this will of course be a dramatic reduction in the overwhelming quantities of poisons being used by conventional farmers all over the world.
In September, Kelly flew to Sri Lanka to sing at a number of events there and has been invited to sing there at a big environmental concert there in December.
She is presently talking with RS records Thailand with regard to her song, "Long Live the King of Thailand". She sang live on all Thai TV stations recently with 50 students from the "Youth for the future" group at the hospital where the King of Thailand is recouperating. She has been invited by RS to sing in December at a concert to celebrate the 80th birthday of His Majesty.
At the beginning of 2006, Kelly Newton-Wordsworth, wrote and recorded a song for the West Papuan people, in answer to the arrival of a canoe with 44 West Papuan men women and children , on Australian shores. The canoe was bearing a flag which read “save us from genocide”. Thus began another journey of the Newton-Wordsworth family in the human rights movement.
Their family launched the CD, produced by their production company, Newtone Productions, at a public forum held in Western Australia, and the message of the plight of the West Papuan people was immediately launched world wide.
Kelly and her family very quickly became involved with the struggle for West Papuan independence, in a very intimate way also, with the arrival at their home of a young West Papuan student who lived with their family for around 7 months. This was a very intense and difficult time for all involved, as this student was constantly hearing via moblile phone every day of the atrocities continuing against her people.
Kelly and her eldest daughter Tara, flew to London to continue spreading the word, and sang at a protest rally outside the Indonesian embassy in London, and met with the famous Beny Wendat, the only West Papuan refugee in the whole of the United Kingdom. Tara and Kelly sang also in Ireland for the Irish West Papuan Association at this time.
In September, Kelly and her husband William were flown to Melbourne, having been chosen by “Slow Food” WA, to represent Western Australia for the Australian Slow Food Festival. This was a great triumph for them, as they have been farming bio-dynamically for 19 years and this way of farming and their delicious products that result from that way of farming was especially appreciated at this very large expo.
Then in October, Kelly and William were also flown to Turin in Italy for the World Slow Food Expo, where 7,000 food producers were selected to represent their nations, as exemplary farmers using self - sustaining methods of agriculture to produce their products. While there, Kelly and William filmed a documentary featuring organic growers and producers from a number of countries.
At this time, they also travelled to London, where they met and discussed the future plans , of supplying the famous “Harrods” with their whole range of products.
Throughout this year, Kelly performed in many concerts with her 20 piece big band, in Perth Western Australia, and wrote and recorded a song for one of her favourite people, Steve Irwin, the crocodile hunter, after his tragic demise. She plans to use the song in a documentary that she will make in his honour, with the film that he was planning to make about the elephants of Thailand.
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