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Tsunami day: Lamenting through music

Tsunami survivor and musician Mark Hopkins of England has released the Thai version of his charity song, “Tsunami Day” which is available online as an mp3 download for a mere US$1 (B30) donation.

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By The Phuket News

Thursday 25 December 2014, 06:00PM


Originally composed in English in 2011 and released in 2013, the song is based on Mark’s own personal experience of what happened when he was living in Patong when the waves struck on that fateful day.

Mark initially tried to record the song in 2011 but due to numerous reasons and circumstances it took a few years for him to get around to recording.

But finally, with the help of his friends and sponsors, Mark returned to Phuket to organize studio recording time, the charity, design of the websites and also coordinate promotion in newspapers and on radio stations.

Mark says “It’s been a long and hard road over the past few years, probably a lot longer, but even though my circumstances are still far from rosy right now, this is simply something that I feel I must do – no matter what. It’s basically the reason I am here right now.

After recording the Tsunami Day song in English in November 2013 Mark stayed on in Phuket and even though he has since continued on to China, Mark decided that the song needed to be in Thai.

So as to gain more exposure and marketing for the charity, a video was also needed. And so he set about organising Thai vocalists, studio and session players, and also asked the studio to film the sessions. The finished video can be seen here http://youtu.be/2epFJspUVX4

By November 28, both the Thai version of Tsunami Day song and videos were finished, http://youtu.be/kUnfjvQDESg. Mark then set about sending email after email out to numerous TV, News and Radio station plus he also took the video of his English vocals and designed a video version of the Tsunami Day song mixing both the vocals and an array of images of the 2004 Tsunami.

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Mark says “Even though the song and video are not the all and end all of bringing people and then donations for the charity, it’s just another marketing and exposure angle which hopefully will help with at least some kind people donating directly, even without downloading the songs.

“In reality people say a lot of things to make themselves feel and look good but when it comes to the actual donating part they seem to suddenly have problems taking a few minutes to sit and do so.

“To me the song and video are pure marketing angles which gives me a few extra power tools to nag and get people to play the video and song. If I can achieve this then I have done the best I can. From there I just hope that people will donate directly to the charity.”

If you do not want to download but still wish to donate, you can donate via bank transfer or PayPal direct to PHBGTU.

First, log on to tsunamiday.com, then have a listen to the song clip. After that, click on the check box next to the song, then click ‘DOWNLOAD TSUNAMI DAY’ link on the music player. Once you have clicked on the download link you will be directed to a new page and then you have to click on the “Click Here To Process Order” tab. Then click the tab on the following page to confirm your order. Once confirmed you will be directed to the “Phuket Has Been Good To Us” PayPal account where you can either pay 1$ by credit card or by using your own PayPal account. All done!

After paying and downloading please also remember to send an email to Tina @ info@phukethasbeengoodtous.org mentioning your name/company, type the words ‘Tsunami Day’ and any comments so they know where the donation is going to. Thank you.

Mark suggests that you turn your speakers up before you click on play!

Person : Mark

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