What album would be complete without a train song? I learned this song from my friend Ya Yun, who can be heard signing on it. I immediately liked the simple and catchy tune, and the sound of the Taiwanese words. Diu Diu Deng is about a train chugging through a tunnel as droplets of water fall from the tunnel ceiling onto the roof of the train. The drops make the sound “Diu Diu,” like a flipping coin landing on the floor. This song features the incredible Wu Man on the pipa (a plucked Chinese string instrument) and Dan Zanes picking away on the banjo.
Ya Yun Teng: vocals
Wu Man: pipa
David Cossin: drums, percussion
Yoshi Waki: upright bass
Dan Zanes: banjo
Rob Friedman: lap steel
Elena: jarana, violin, mandolin, vocals