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为歌唱而生—开心翻译自《心灵鸡汤》  

2016-09-20 11:44:32|  分类: 英文写作及转贴文 |  标签: |举报 |字号 订阅

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这篇是大约七八年前自己翻译的一篇来自《心灵鸡汤》(《Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul)。那时退休不久还算年轻,精力体力都还充沛,特别是眼力比现在好很多。这篇译文当时我把它放在了自己的英文博客(小猪看世界)中,今天我把它转载在此:

为歌唱而生

选自《心灵鸡汤—花样年华》 开心

        这个女孩似乎是为歌唱而生的。她具有完美的音调感,到了晚年,她仍然能够从整个乐队中分辨出一个乐手拉错了一个音符。她从来没有上过歌唱课,也从来没有学过读谱——她用耳朵学习。14岁那年,她遇到了发育的麻烦,这使得她的体重增加。当她的体重继续增加时,学校里孩子们开始取笑她。心烦意乱中,她放学后总是匆忙回家,将自己关在房间里哭泣。这种状态一直持续着,她的家人担心她离群索居一个人长时间的待着。她的祖母催促她把体重忘掉,专注于开发她漂亮的嗓音。她接受了祖母的建议,不久她就在当地剧院上演的业余晚会上多次获奖。更重要的是,女孩想成为一个专业歌手,但她的父母却认为学护理是更好的选择。他们认为女儿庞大的身躯对于成功的舞台生涯是个极大的不利条件。

 

    她开始了护理培训,但是她还是向往唱歌。最终,她决定放弃学习护理,去追寻她的梦想。在她心中,她相信当人们听到她的歌声时就会忘掉她的外表。

 

        她去了百老汇,不久就在一出音乐喜剧中得到了一个角色。能有唱歌的机会,为此她很激动。但是,与她配戏的那个男演员扮演的那个角色由于剧情需要,在剧中不时以她的体重作为笑柄。这使得全场观众哄堂大笑。女孩的内心被深深地刺痛了。尽管如此,她还是拒绝放弃演出。她与剧院签订了一份合同,在百老汇的舞台上继续演出。

 

        一天晚上,她在后台收到了一张便条,说有一个人想见她。起初,她害怕是其中一个爱开玩笑的人将她带到一个昂贵的餐馆, 催促她大吃一顿,然后再和他的朋友们一起嘲笑她。

 

       但是那天晚上那个想见她的人改变了她的生活。

 

        他是哥伦比亚唱片公司的特德.柯林斯。他当了她的经理,并与她成为终生的朋友,在她随后多年美好的歌唱生涯中一直鼓励她、指导她。

 

    她先是为哥伦比亚公司灌制唱片,后来她受邀在广播电台演唱,这时她的大机遇来了。很快全美国都在听她演唱主题曲“When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain.”(我对此歌曲名称翻译没有把握,在网上还未找到译名——开心注明)。正是她演唱的《上帝保佑美国》成了美国的第二国歌。

 

        到了1940年,她在美国的广播节目投票中名列榜首。当电视出现后,她得到机会拥有自己的节目。但上电视,上百万的美国人会看到她本人的样子。她想起了早年间,因为她太胖,观众笑话她的情景。为什么她要接受这么一个使旧情重演的机会?她不缺钱——广播已经使她既有名又富有了。

 

        正是对歌唱异常地热爱给了她勇气,她决定冒这个险。她淳厚的嗓音几乎立刻就得到了电视观众的赞赏。年轻一代开始哼唱起“When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain”。

 

        最终,由于她散发出的热情、真诚和魅力,使她成为了民众热爱我们的国家——慷慨、仁慈,以及对人民的良好祝愿的一个标志。

 

        难怪当富兰克林.D. 罗斯福总统向乔治国王和伊丽莎白王后介绍她时说:“这是凯特.史密斯,这就是美国”。


英文原文如下:

Born to sing

From Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul

 

 The girl seemed born to sing. She had such a perfect sense of pitch that in her later years, she could tell when one player out of an entire orchestra played a wrong note. She never took singing lessons and she never learned to read music—she learned “by ear.”

 

 At the age of fourteen, the young girl developed gland trouble, which caused her to gain weight. As she continued to gain, the children at school began to tease her. Upset, she would hurry home from school, shut herself in her room and cry. This pattern continued and her family worried about her spending so much time alone. Her grandmother urged her to forget about her weight and to concentrate on developing her lovely voice.

 

 She took her grandmother’s advice, and before long she was winning prizes at the amateur nights put on by the local theater. More than anything else, the girl wanted to become a professional singer, but her parents thought it would be better if she studied nursing. They thought her enormous size might be too much of a handicap for a successful stage career.

 

 She started nurses’ training, but she longed o be singing instead. Finally, she decided to give up nursing and pursue her dreams. In her heart, she believed that people would forget her looks when they heard her voice.

 

 She went to Broadway and soon she got a small part in a musical comedy. She was thrilled with the opportunity to sing, but she was cast with a man whose part called for him to make jokes about her weight. The jokes brought down the house with laughter. The young woman was deeply hurt inside. But she refused to give up. She had signed a contract and so she stayed with the show through its run on Broadway.

 

  One night, she received a note backstage saying that a man would like to see her. At first she was afraid it might be one of those jokers who delighted in taking her to a fancy restaurant, urging her to eat a great deal, and then laughing with his friends about it later.

 

 But the man who wanted to see her that night changed her life.

 

 He was Ted Collins, of the Columbia Record Company. He became her manager and lifelong friend, encouraging and guiding her through the many happy years of her subsequent singing career.

 

  First, she made records for Columbia. Later, her big opportunity came when she was asked to broadcast a radio show. Soon, the whole country was singing her theme song, “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain.” And it was her rendition of “God Bless America” that made it America’s “second national anthem.”

 

 By 1940, she was topping all the radio polls in the country. When television came, she was offered the chance to have her own show. But on television she would be seen by millions of people. She thought of the early days, when audiences had laughed at her because she was so fat. Why should she take a chance that it might happen again? She didn’t need the money— radio had made her both wealthy and famous.

 

It was her tremendous love of singing that gave her courage and she decided to take the risk. Almost at once her rich voice won her the admiration of television audiences, and a new generation began humming, “When the Moon Comes Over the Mountain.”

 

 Eventually, because she radiated such warmth, sincerity and charm, she became a symbol of the things people love about our country—— generosity, kindness and good will towards all people.

 

 It was no wonder that when President Franklin D. Roosevelt introduced her to King George and Queen Elizabeth, he said:

 

 “This is Kate Smith. This is America.”

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