songs but high spirits at very special fund-raising concert
was no an ordinary concert. For one of the singers participating
in ``My Songs, My Country'' was none other than the president
of the Privy Councillor, senior statesman Gen Prem Tinsulanonda.
And the audience included Her Majesty the Queen and top figures
from the Privy Council, military and business circles.
The charity concert featured songs written by Gen Prem and served
as a launching pad for his CD entitled Karuna, produced by GMM
Grammy and on sale since early this month. Both the CD and the
concert are raising funds to support projects under the Gen Prem
Turning up to give warm support were the prime minister's wife,
Khunying Pojaman Shinawatra, Chaoren Pokphand boss Dhanin Chearavanont,
Bangkok Bank chairperson Chatri Sophonpanich and Singha beer tycoon,
Dr Piya Bhirombhakdi. Among the Army top brass were Defence Minister
Gen Thammarak Isarangkura na Ayudhaya and Army chief Somtat Uttanun.
Many took the opportunity to say ``happy birthday'' to the singer
of the night. The concert was held on Gen Prem's 83rd birthday.
The tone of the concert was melancholic as most the songs were
about broken hearts, though the melodies were sweet and playful
concert gathered together the best of voices, featuring award-winning
singers like Nanthida Kaewbuasai, Suchart Chawangkul, Sama Suaysod,
Apipu Sorapimai, Maj Dr Viphu Kamlerddee, and Voratai Pakdivijit,
as well as leading talents like Orawi Sajjanon and Palapol Polkongseng.
loving mood was added to by sweet dance repertoires from the students
of Aree Dance School.
Royal Thai Army Symphony Orchestra under the baton of Lt Prateep
Suwannaroj provided impressive musical accompaniment. It was when
Gen Prem came up on stage to sing that the audience's attention
was really stirred. He sang Khor Sanya and another favourite,
Yod Doi, and he jammed with younger singers for Unforgettable
and the finale; the cheerful, rousing, Plern Pleng Rak, which
made everyone feel good.
why he wrote love songs, Gen Prem, who is single, said he believed
love was a beautiful and pure thing. And the warm reception he
received that evening proves that he is still a much-loved figure.