The Link Between Music, Improvisation and Language by Polyglot Stuart Jay Raj

In this clip, I take it out on a bit of a different tangent and link the topic of Language and Mind Mastery in with my other passion – Music and JAZZ! I will show you how to me, language and music are one in the same – that is, creating meanings with sounds. When learning languages, it’s similar to developing a repertoire of ‘riffs’ when learning a language. The riffs get built into your muscle memory and then once they are part of you, you have freedom to then augment them, change them and alter them to your liking at a subconscious level, leaving your mind to just concentrate on painting meanings and your body following suit. The song I play in the beginning is a song I wrote for my daughter ‘Star’ (Her real name ‘Janista’, but as with all Thais, we use the one syllable nickname as her normal name). I wrote it while she was still in the womb – the song paints an image of what I imagined it was like in there, ready to come out into the the big wide world. The ‘blues’ song I play during the clip is called ‘Stu’s Funk’ and was a regular we used to play in my Jazz Trio in Bangkok at Tokyo Joe’s and the Foreign Correspondent’s Club of Thailand with Drummer Dale Lee from Coffee Works, and Kenro Oshidari from the UN World Food Programme (WFP). I hope you enjoy the clip. As usual, if you have any comments, questions or suggestions, drop me a line via

Stuart Jay Raj is a polyglot who specializes in the languages and dialects spoken in South East Asia and China. His talents have allowed him to earn a professional living as a simultaneous interpreter in Thai, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Indonesian, among others, providing language and cultural training for multinational companies in the region and hosting his own TV programme on Thailand's Channel 5. He holds a degree in Cognitive and Applied Linguistics from Griffith University and has become an expert in the field of language acquisition with a strong track record of success. Stuart's background knowledge of Sanskrit, Khmer, Lao and various Chinese dialects and minority languages enables him to present a fascinating and unique perspective on the Thai language which makes everything fall logically into place.