About our music: My album is a festive collection of folk and children’s music from East Asia, reinterpreted to mix traditional and Western instruments and musical styles. The songs hail from Korea, Japan, China, Taiwan, and Tibet I hope to open a door to these beautiful, funny, and soulful melodies. The album is dedicated to my parents; it’s an expression of respect for families who have made tough journeys– across borders or cultures or hardships – in search of opportunity and happiness.
About this song: The song is a simple homage to summertime, the mountains, and a delicious Korean snack called kimbap. My mother made kimbap, which consists of rice, seaweed, spinach, egg, and pickled radish. The lyricsare simple. You can hear us sing (in Korean): summer is here, let’s go to the mountain, eat kimbap, and sing together. The track — done in a Western style — includes Western instruments (ukulele, guitar, bass, drums, trumpets), but also a gayageum (Korean-style zither) and piwa (Tibetan one-string bowed instrument).
What I hope children, teachers and families get from this song: I wrote Summer Is Here with the hopes that people will be able to sing along, particularly with the ba-ba’s and the ending chorus, yur-rum-I wan-nei (summer is here). I hope that the song conveys a joyful feeling to listeners, inspired by the fundamental pleasures of friendship, nature, food, and music.
© Elena Moon Park