Hijo De La Luna
In the late 1980s, Tim Arnold was as affected by music just like any other school kid, although unlike his contemporaries who were influenced by bands such as The Smiths, The Cure or U2, he was living in a small village outside Malaga in Spain attending a Spanish School (not an International school) where he became fluent in Spanish after 6 months at the age of 12. His only musical influence was Spanish radio.
Artists such as Mecano, Joan Manuel Serrat and Joaquin Sabina all played a part in Arnolds musical education and he always intended to record his songs in Spanish.
Finally, in 2006, Arnold got together with Chilean lyricist and journalist, Antonio Ramirez and embarked on writing new lyrics to selected tracks that Arnold had previously recorded in English.
The result is a collection of Spanish versions of songs from Arnolds first three solo albums, including a song called Perfectos (originally recorded with Jocasta as Perfect) and a cover of the famous Mecano song Hijo De La Luna, which literally means Moonchild - a fitting title for a Cancerian singer.
Many have already noted that Arnold almost sounds more natural singing in Spanish than in English. Whatever the rationale behind this sudden development, it is a clear indication of an artist whose versatility knows no bounds. With his next proper English album already being recorded in Spanish, it is likely that all releases from now on will be recorded in both languages.
In his own words:
Different languages contain different musicality within them. There are some emotions that connect more deeply in Spanish than in English, and vice versa. There can also be just as much enjoyment in not understanding what you hear in a song, because it enables you to focus purely on the melody. For me, singing in another language is like learning a new instrument. If the world were a piano, every language would be a different note. Music is communication and communicating is the best part of the job.
Hijo De La Luna will be available on iTunes from March 20th 2007