Week 3, we are continuing our beginner’s guide to lakorns week, starting off with music. Last week, I talked a little about lakorn music, namely it being derivative at times. This week, I want to focus more on a particular type of music, morlum music.
Thippy wrote a review on Poobao Indy Yayee Inter in which she talked about the various challenges she had overcame while subbing the drama, the difficulty of the language, and translating morlum songs. This immediately caught my attention and I sought more information about morlum (or mor lam) songs.
Mor lam songs are a type of folk songs basically and depending on where you are in Thailand, the name can refer to the music or artist. Morlum songs are often about love, difficulties of life in rural areas and hardship.
From what I can gather, the video below seems to be the more traditional form of the morlum, with someone playing a reed mouth organ called the khene as the singer recites.
Mor lam songs are often about love, difficulties of life in rural areas and hardship. It makes me wonder now how many lakorns I’ve watched with this type of music that I didn’t notice before?
What folk songs or music do you know?