Kueh It-Lam5’s music career and its interaction
with social and culture of Taiwan.
National cheng kung University
Department of Taiwanese Literature
Kueh Kueh It-Lam5 is not a particularly well-known person in the evolution of singing culture in Taiwan. He owns and as a producer of Nanxing Records, and is also a singer, too. He plays a different role in the change of Taiwan popular songs after world-war II. Under his talent and enthusiasm for music, the traces left in Taiwanese singing culture are still visible today. Therefore, this thesis takes Kueh It-Lam5’s singing career as the research object and discusses his singing in Taiwan about how to make adjustments constantly, making a record for his singing career.
In this thesis the author divides his singing career into "playing music teacher training period", "Nanxing song book", "Nanxing singing class", "Nanxing record company", and "inquiry" through interview records, data collection and online communication system enquiries. In the six periods of "Out of the Performing Arts Group", "Karaoke, and Street Performers", Kueh It-Lam5’s life history began to compile his singing career and related chronology.
Singing career of Mr. Kueh It-Lâm reveals the multi-face of Taiwan culture and its involvement within it during the mile stone of Mr. Kueh It-Lam5’s singing career. And witness the process of evolution of Taiwan popular song also. He growth from minor capital singing career to nationwide enterprise, and marching toward Japanese entertainment area. He experienced the great change of Taiwan popular songs. Then he transformed his enterprise to“local-style”performing arts business, therefore, he could interactive with people directly. He has great enthusiasm in Taiwan popular songs, and firm belief with the sense of locality and locality as the center of identity.
According to Kueh It-Lam5’s songs, the information on the time points of the business shows that we can trace back the early microcosm of the development history of Taiwanese songs and the trend of modern Taiwanese popular song culture.
Key word：Kueh It-Lam5’s,Tainan,Taiwanese pop song,music career,social and culture
The study of this thesis is composed by Mr. Kueh It-Lam5’s interviewing , his oral history and personal preservation related data, and existing songs, record study. To systematically perform the evolution of culture in Taiwanese songs. There are two main points for this study of Kueh It-Lam5’s singing career : "Nanxing record company" on 1960, performing arts business after 1980. And focus on analyzing related action between his song and people interaction.
MATERIAL AND METHODS
In the chapter “Developing of nationwide singing career”, focus on "interview" of the field investigation. The table id made by songs, people data from Mr. Kueh It-Lâm and interview of his crews, supplemented by the photos, literal data in “song book”. The chapter of “Grass stage: Tour team performance and management, and understand the music transmission of the singing career” is made by films uploaded on internet from Mr. Kueh It-Lam5’s wife, Mrs. Cai Bingbing.
RESULTS AND DISCUSSION
The study of this thesis focus on the career Mr. Kueh It-Lam5’s singing career, and well know that there is strong connection between his singing career and Taiwanese singing culture. Mr. Kueh It-Lâm was blooded from publishing, the vary first job is musician, then became the owner of song class, the owner of record company. And he also play the roles of singer, composer. And then, he made a art show team for foreshore, a owner of Kala-OK. Just the spirit of Taiwanese culture, he never say “NO”to the challenge, so that he can make his own style in the Taiwan local song environment.
Mr. Kueh It-Lâm has strong relationship with the famous singer , Mr. Wenxia and Mr. Hong Yifeng. As a view of a owner, he can recognize a lot of true under table. The funny thing is, compare to those famous singer, Kueh It-Lâm is not so famous. He had said, Wenxia has the connection with audient with his “sound”, but Guo did not have that special “sound”. It is a very interesting thing that “sound” can make audient moved.
Upon the change of Taiwan culture, Mr. Kueh It-Lam5’s song career follow the tide of it. Further more, he make a multi-faced style of his song. The Nanxing Records not only record the change of Taiwan sociality, but also make a revolution of Taiwan local culture. Guo had held the spirit, and make his music follow the culture.
Analyzing the performing action, the early song business found by Kueh It-Lâm is a borderless popular culture. Even he quit the Taiwan market due to the change of popular culture, but he migrate to Japan and make his own place. After end of material law, he develops a local-style music activity.
Hope the thesis can leave a evidence to viewing the change of Taiwan social culture. And declare the development of Taiwan popular song via Mr. Kueh It-Lam5’s life history.