khar_muur: (mongolia_flag)
Happy National Day of Mongolia!

I wish I had something insightful and interesting to write about Mongolia now, but regrettably I only have some links to some nice contemporary Mongolian music I've found on YouTube. Shame on me! Next year I promise to write extensively about Halha, the main dialect of the official language of Mongolia (Монгол хэл/ Mongol khel), because I recently placed an order for a book of colloquial Mongolian, which means I'll definitely learn the language as well as I can by next year.

Here is a pop song/schlager by a marvellously good singer. That voice!
This one is by a rock group called Pilots.
Some dance pop by a very pretty singer.
A bit of alternative folk by Dangaa Hosbayar.
More rock'n roll by a gorgeous performer Otgoo here.
And actually, truly epic music and an equally epic music video by Haranga. I know I call too many things epic, but... Godsdamnit. I think they're my favourite Mongolian music group.
khar_muur: (mongolia_flag)
Happy Mongolian National Day!

Some history of the national anthem of Mongolia at Wikipedia.

I was going to write about the national anthem, myself, but I noticed that the Wikipedia article covered absolutely every fact that I had been planning on sharing. Sürs. I really recommend you check it out - the lyrics they had under the Soviet reign were fairly interesting. An excerpt:

Connect faith with the Soviet Union
Agree with progressive people
Agree with direction
Bravely follow glorious communism


The lyrics they use now are actually quite beautiful, and so is, of course, the melody. Most countries' national anthems are sickeningly pompous and musically incredibly dull, most likely so that everyone could learn it easily. Nothing wrong with that, I think, as I am definitely as non-patriotic as they get and generally don't support any form of deliberate nationalism. But Mongolia's anthem is both simple and beautiful, amazingly enough. And this I say without as much as a hint of bias.

Now I shall go back to imagining myself sitting in the middle of the great Gobi in mid-day sun. 'Tis not hard right now. Ulaanbaatar is at 23 degrees C currently.

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