Category Archives: cpop

[SiC] Khalil Fong’s Catchy Summer Track, “BB88”

Just dropping into share really quick this new song I just heard today, thanks to a recommendation from the lovely Jennifer M. via FB. I haven’t ever really gotten into Khalil Fong, but his songs always catch my ear whenever I hear them.

He makes very light and coffeehouse-cool kind of songs, which I like more than other stuff I hear coming out from Hong Kong (though to be honest, I’m not a very faithful vigilant – I pretty much stick to what I know, which is Jay Chou). Lots of smooth crooning and catchy beats, just like little hooks tugging at your lobes as the tune wafts by – seriously, that’s the extent of the catchiness.

This song appears to be his new summer track, with lyrics simple enough so that even I can understand most of them. And I appreciate the wordplay with BB88 (88, pronounce “ba ba” in Mandarin, sounds like bye bye and is so used in texting or online conversation, so the title is basically saying “baby bye bye”), which isn’t revolutionary but isn’t saccharine or too out there (as English misappropriations sometimes get – you know what I mean!).

Anyway, definitely a talented songwriter. Hope he continues to add quality stuff into the Mandopop mix.

Lyric of the Day: 周杰倫 (Zhou Jie Lun)

人們的汗水夾雜著滿足與歡喜 / The people’s mixture of sweat, fulfilment and celebration
是我現在最捨不得的畫面 / Is the image that I am most afraid to lose…

-Jay Chou, 梯田 (Rice Fields, Ti Tian) : second verse

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Lyric of the Day: Zhou Jie Lun, Zeng Yu Ting (周杰倫, 曾郁婷)

靜靜看守這份愛 / Silently guarding this piece of love
知道不能太以來 / Knowing (I) can’t be too dependent

-Jay Chou, 妳聽得到 (You Can Hear It, Ni Ting De Dao) : chorus

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Music Parallels: Criss vs. Wang

The thought struck me today, Darren Criss reminds me of Wang Leehom. Musical in that adroit way, boyishly handsome, a little hippy-oriented, partial to string instruments and a penchant for jazzy things. The above videos provide some piano video comparison.

Anyone else pick up on the vibe I’m getting?

Back to Jay: Reviewing 2011 Release, “Mine Mine”

So Jay Chou decided to get in some super savvy points, releasing his 11th album on the 11th of this month (while neighbors in fellow East Asian countries were likely having a ball with Pocky/Peppero Day’s of epic proportions!). Here’s one of the tracks, Mine Mine:

Regarding music, Jay’s one of my old favorites since I got into him in high school; I always tend to like his songs. He’s a proficient pianist and composer, completing all the writing and arrangement of his music, and when he writes lyrics I often find them interesting and touching even in their relative simplicity (Jay’s longtime co-writer, lyricist Vincent Fang, is widely known for his crafted, poetic lyrics). With that control over his music, all of his songs seem to bear a stamp of his style, and I can usually identify a new song as his just from listening.

Maybe that’s why though I like his work, nothing from him has excited me very much since his fourth album. It’s not that I feel he needs to change or reinvent himself – it’s more that I feel like he’s gotten complacent being Mandopop’s reigning king for so long. In my opinion, that lack of being challenged and pushing himself reflects in the music. So, this new song still doesn’t make me super excited, but it’s okay. It would be pleasant enough if he hadn’t stuck in those mine mine’s and bye bye’s in.

However, after a year in Korea, there are some very refreshing aspects of this music video and song. Read the rest of this entry

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