I am a big fan of tradition Chinese musical instruments like the Erhu and the Banhu 板胡 or the Chinese coconut fiddle. This Chinese traditional bowed string instrument is used primarily in northern China. Like the more familiar erhu and gaohu, the banhu has two strings, is held vertically, and the bow hair passes in between the two strings.
check out this duet by these two playing the banhu or the Chinese coconut fiddle.
Wow, is that not great, Chinese folk music is is just amazing.
I have listen to many different renditions of this song from Malaysian singer Joyce Lim 小鳳鳳, to Yeh Qi Tian 葉啟田. but by far 卓依婷 Timi Zhou has the best version. I have listen to this song so many times when i am down, and every time i do, it just lift my spirit.
卓依婷 - 问 心 无 愧 (Have a clear conscience)
The Lyric goes something like this .....
不如意时不要埋怨, When matters are against your wishes, do not complain.
挫折来时不要气馁, Facing setbacks, do not be discouraged.
怎能成天怨对,孤影自怜 How could you spend the whole day alone in self-pity,
半醒半梦消极卑微. Half awake half in dreams demeaning yourself to the extreme?
人生仿佛是起落的潮浪 Life is almost like undulating tides and waves,
失与得都在转念之间, Succeeding and failing hinging on changing of the mind.
成功, 失败都应该坦然面对, Achievement or defeat should be dealt with honestly.
生命诚可贵, 别蹉跎岁月, 但求问心无愧. Life is really precious. Do not waste years and months, but have a clear conscience.
Chinese American singer CoCo Lee 李玟 was one of the few if any Asian singers to have a hit record in the U.S, Born in Hong Kong with ancestry from Harbin, China, Coco is the youngest of three children. She has released a total of seventeen albums by 2006, with two recorded in English. Her single, “Do You Want My Love” entered the music charts in America and the entire album, “Just No Other Way” gave Coco a break in the English market. Coco is the first Chinese to perform in the Oscars, singing the Academy Award nominee for Best Original Song, A Love Before Time from the movie Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon in the 73rd Academy Awards.
Coco also provided the voice of Mulan in the Mandarin version of Disney’s animated feature of the same name. In 2008, Coco was chosen to sing one of the Olympic songs, Forever Friends opposite Sun Nan.
here is one of my favorite english songs from her called DO YOU WANT MY LOVE..
She is such a talented person, i hope she continue to make records not only in Chinese but also in English, so her beautiful voice can really reach a millions of non Chinese speaking people.
Hands down to me this girl Zhang Yan 张燕 is one of the best singer in all China, i love the way she represents China and the Chinese people. from her angelic voice to her graceful and swan like dance, everything about her is beautiful. here are two beautiful song from the talented singer...
One of my friend from Hong kong today ask me why i listen to these old Chinese music that his Mom and his Grand ma listen to, and i told him its not that i don't like younger artist, but i prefer the old timers, because frankly i don't think these younger folks can ever compare to them. I grew up listening to legendary singers like Feng fei fei 鳳飛飛, Teresa teng 鄧麗君, Zhou Xuan 周璇, and Paula Tsui 徐小鳳, and they were the best, every time i listen to one of these classic and elegant ladies, it just hits me that there probably will never be anyone like these song birds again. sure there are some younger artist who aspire to be like these women, like Timi Zhuo 卓依婷 who by the way i have a huge respect for, but the fact of the matter is there will never be great singers like these classic ladies.
Here is my favorite singer ever, the legendary Miss Teresa Teng singing another beautiful song...
Today was such a beautiful day to be outside, so we decided to go on a road trip to visit families who we don't get to see often because of our busy schedule. So with Teresa Teng playing in the car, we headed out and it was fun. here are some videos of our adventures.........