Though I’m still updating 5 Days in Taipei with my adventures in May, that’s no excuse to keep neglecting the all-important KTV. A recent visit to Taipei by my Dutch friend Anna (whose guest posts you can find here) has reminded me of this essential fact of life in Taiwan, as well as the fact that I have yet to accomplish my goal of being able to sing Jay Chou’s 牛仔很忙. Pity.
I have, fortunately, learned some other great songs this year, and this one by Sam Lee is one of my favorites. I love songs with KTV or music metaphors, like K歌之王 by Eason Chan or 不完整的旋律 by Wang Leehom, and this song meets that perfectly, since every KTV has a 切歌 button like this one:
I also appreciate that Lee is a 37-year-old performer competing against legions of younger rivals and still producing some really powerful music. Besides the awesome vocals, the lyrics to this song – the chorus in particular – are heartwrenching and sweet.** In terms of difficulty, I’d say this one is up there both vocally and lyrics-wise. The vocal range is a bit of a stretch; the song begins too low for most women to comfortably sing, but the final notes are a bit high for most men. Fortunately, if you’re actually going to a KTV to sing, you can change the key to fit your own range. The song is fairly slow, but the bridge has an especially difficult tongue-twisting section that I have yet to master. It’s doable with some practice, however.
I do have one particular request when it comes to this song, which is that, if you’re going to sing it, you must belt it with everything you’ve got. Please? This song wasn’t written to be mumbled. Sing it the way it was meant to be, and your KTV companions will thank you.
**Google Translate is your loyal friend, and a much faster translator than me, so please don’t ask me to translate.
wo zuo zai gang qin qian mian qiao zhe hei bai de qin jian
chang zhe lei si ai qing de pei yue
ni shuo wo men de ai xiang dan diao de he xian
bu gou dong ting bu gou jing dian
wo ye nu li guo gai bian xue ni yao ai de wan mei
da ti qin dian zhui wo de xin sui
wo de shi jian bu guo shi ni duo de shi jian
hui yi shi zhong dian
yong li chang yi shou ge hu ran bei ni qie ge
這歌詞很像我 旋律夠曲折 多麼適合
zhe ge ci hen xiang wo xuan lv gou qu zhe duo me shi he
jiu suan mei you yin yue de ban zou
chang dao sheng yin dou ya le
wo hui ji de ni ceng shi wo zui ai de qing ge
Repeat verse 2
guo qu yi mu yi mu jiu xiang bo fang shan qing de MV
wo zi dao zi yan bu neng li jie zhe yang de bei ju
bao xiang li zhi sheng xie wo zi ji
Repeat chorus 2x (with vocal embellishments)
Lyrics at KKBOX: http://tw.kkbox.com/song/u8SAfDK07Ob02T63uT63u0P4-index.html#lyrics
Sam Lee’s artist page at Zoommuzik: http://www.zoommuzik.com/artist_01/index.php