TRANSFORMATES introduce ‘Pretty Boy Sally’ featuring a 3000 year old character ( 變 ) and a cross dressing boy (transvestite) who marries a Eunuch

I have been quite busy since the last blog working on a song which the TRANSFORMATES released onto YouTube this week. I have also been developing some of the branding for the project to use.

Let me first share with you the branding. Some of the results of this you can see on the http://www.TRANSFORMATES.com website as well as on my facebook page and on twitter (there you can simply search under #TRANSFORMATES).

The TRANSFORMATES music project has been created to develop and promote transformational music or put more simply music that either describes or supports people going through a change or transformation in their life. To try and capture this in a ‘logo’ I fell back upon my years studying the Chinese language while I was living in Asia. I have a lasting debt to my Chinese teacher who spent every Friday afternoon (last thing) and every Monday morning (first thing) teaching me traditional Chinese characters. Despite having a poor student she taught me to write over a 1000 characters in the 3 years we were together.

It is one of these characters I have adopted as the TRANSFORMATES’ logo: the traditional Chinese character which means ‘to transform’ or change. This uses 23 pen strokes to write (or draw) and in my opinion is one of the most beautiful Chinese characters.

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Although this character will not mean much to most Western followers of the TRANSFORMATES’ project it is widely identified throughout Asia because the traditional Chinese characters were adopted hundreds of years ago by other countries like Japan, Korea and Vietnam. In addition other places like Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macao continue to use the traditional Chinese characters. Mainland China simplified the characters it uses after the revolution but most people there will still recognise this original historical pictogram.

In Mandarin Chinese the character is pronounced Bian (said like ‘pien’) using a 4th (or falling) intonation. Those using the Cantonese dialect pronounce it like Bin. In Japan the same character is found in the Kanji characters but pronounced ‘Kawaru’. It is interesting to note that although China and Japan share some of the same characters with the same or similar meanings they are usually pronounced very differently. I have had some interesting evenings with Japanese ladies in which we couldn’t understand a word each other was saying but communicated by scribbling ancient Chinese characters on pieces of paper (A high risk past-time because my Chinese teacher never taught me the ancient character for contraception!).

If you find yourself in Korea this same character is pronounced ‘byeon’ (their Hanji language) and in Vietnamese it is pronounced ‘bien’ (their Han characters).

For the TRANSFORMATES logo I combined it with the sun setting (over the Surrey countryside – see last weeks blog) to produce the following:

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Now let me tell you about ‘Pretty Boy Sally’ (whose real name was actually John!). Try and picture the North East of England during the 9th Century (York was captured by a Viking army in 866). During these troubled times the Saxon villages would be often under threat from Viking attacks where anything of value (including the women folk and girls) would be captured and taken away. Raping and pillage is the term we commonly use to describe these happenings.

So in the 9th Century it would not be uncommon to find that some Saxon villages would be bereft of suitable women folk for the surviving males to develop romantic relationships with. This is where Pretty Boy Sally found his niche and the song describes some of the exciting (as well as romantic) adventures that Pretty Boy Sally experienced.

To try and capture the atmosphere I have used some more classical instrumentation in the piece as well as gradually bringing in the more modern keyboard fiddly-bits (technical term) for which the TRANSFORMATES 變 is better known. If you would like to hear the story as told (some might say sung) by yours faithfully please click on the YouTube box below.

By the way I struggled a bit to recruit suitable actors for the video, in particular candidates were a bit nervous about the Viking castration scene. However I managed to improvise a little – hope you like the result.

So that was this week’s contribution to the Diversity and Inclusion Agenda – I anticipate the number of my followers from the LGBT community will increase exponentially from this point onwards. Please feel welcome – and if the demand exists perhaps we can create some more interesting little pieces. However I promise that the next TRANSFORMATES 變 track will be an instrumental one (more on that in the next blog – I have just finished preparing the stereo master from my multi-track recordings).

Please let me know if you have any suggestions for other areas that the TRANSFORMATES 變 project can consider. Meanwhile happy listening and please remember you can always check my latest portfolio of music by simply clicking on my playlist at YouTube which is below (or if you subscribe to it you will get notified automatically of any new exciting releases):

Have a great weekend (and look out for those Vikings!).

Chris Duggleby

Chris Duggleby Producer of TRANSFORMATES in the V&LIUMM recording studios in Surrey, England.

Chris Duggleby Producer of TRANSFORMATES 變 in the V&LIUMM recording studios in Surrey, England.

Please note: ‘TRANSFORMATES’ is a registered trademark owned by Chris Duggleby

 

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2 thoughts on “TRANSFORMATES introduce ‘Pretty Boy Sally’ featuring a 3000 year old character ( 變 ) and a cross dressing boy (transvestite) who marries a Eunuch

    • My pleasure Sally,
      I am sure you can guess that I have lots of fun doing it (although I sometimes get complaints from some of my video actors about the pace of work),
      Have a great weekend.
      Kind regards,
      Chris.

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