‘Like A Child’ by Kay Tse (Xie Anqi)

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《小顽童》 ‘Like A Child’ was included in premier Hong Kong Cantonese singer 谢安琪 Kay Tse aka Xie Anqi‘s latest album 《谢—安琪》 Kay Tse, released this past September 20th. She is known for her versatile vocal range and expertise in various music genres, especially in jazz.

At time of translation, this song has generated 2,894,866 listens on QQ Music.

Song:

Listen online at Xiami

Composer: Phil Lam aka Lin Yikuang
Lyrics: Adrian Chow aka Zhou Boxian & Zhong Yingyi
Singer: Kay Tse aka Xie Anqi

Lyrics (Original Chinese, Pinyin Romanization, and English Translation):

VERSE #1:
没有过人的机智
méi yǒu guò rén de jī zhì
No outstanding intelligence

没有教人神魂颠倒的笑容
méi yǒu jiāo rén shén hún diān dǎo de xiào róng
No enchanting smile

没有超人的气力
méi yǒu chāo rén de qì lì
No superman-like strength

只是凡人早上会睡眼惺忪
zhǐ shì fán rén zǎo shàng huì shuì yǎn xīng sōng
As long as you are an average person, you will be bleary-eyed in the morning

晚上觉得冻
wǎn shàng jué de dòng
and feel cold in the night

 
VERSE #2:

这一天跟每一天同样来去匆匆
zhè yì tiān gēn měi yì tiàn tóng yàng lái qù cōng cōng
This day and every other day are the same, coming and going in haste

生活像围绕着时钟
shēng huó xiàng wéi rào zhe shí zhōng
Life is like revolving around a clock

这一天跟每一天同样过得普通
zhè yì tiān gēn měi yì tiān tóng yàng guò de pǔ tōng
This and and every other day are equally mediocre

但内心有狂野的梦
dàn nèi xīn yǒu kuáng yě de mèng
But in the heart are wild dreams

 
CHORUS:

想要和海豚嬉水太平洋中
xiǎng yào he hǎi tún xī shuǐ tài píng yáng zhōng
Wanting to play with dolphins in the Pacific Ocean

想要到嵩山拜见少林武功
xiǎng yào dào gāo shān bài jiàn shào lín wǔ gōng
Wanting to go to Mount Song to visit Shaolin Kung Fu

做巴塞的前锋 到柬埔寨耕种
zuò bā sài de qián fēng dào jiǎn pǔ zhài gēng zhòng
To be a forward for FC Barcelona, to farm in Cambodia

千万种人有千万种的放纵
qiān wàn zhǒng rén yǒu qiān wàn zhǒng rén de fàng zòng
Millions of people have millions of [ways to] go wild

 
我们都习惯按着轨迹转动
wǒ men dōu xí guàn àn zhe guǐ jì zhuàn dòng
We’re all used to spinning around a trajectory

我们心中却住了个小顽童
wǒ men xīn zhōng què zhù le gè xiǎo wán tóng
Yet in our hearts resides a naughty little child

这念头很汹涌 有突破的冲动
zhè niàn tóu hěn xiōng yǒng yǒu tū pò de chōng dòng
This idea surges, with the urge to break free

踮起两脚离地双手可触碰天空
diǎn qǐ liǎng jiǎo lí dì shuāng shǒu kě chù pèng tiān kōng
Standing on our toes, our hands can touch the sky

 
VERSE #3:

也许我们都听过
yě xǔ wǒ men dōu tīng guò
Maybe we’ve all heard

梦想太浪漫太天真会失控
mèng xiǎng tài làng màn tài tiān zhēn huì shī kòng
that dreams too romantic or too naive will get out of control

也许长辈都说过
yě xǔ zhǎng bèi dōu shuō guò
Maybe older people have all said

努力创造财富和接代传宗
nǔ lì chuàng zào cái fù hé jiē dài chuán zōng
to work hard, create wealth, and carry on the family line

路必须跟从
lù bì xū gēn cóng
that the path must be followed

 
VERSE #2

 
CHORUS

 
多少次顺从理智的怂恿
duō shǎo cì shùn cóng lǐ zhì de sǒng yǒng
How many times have we submitted to the enticement of rationality

让内心的顽童
ràng nèi xīn de wán tóng
leaving the naughty little child in our hearts

哭得双眼通红
kū de shuāng yǎn tōng hóng
crying with red eyes

多少次旅程有始没有终
duō shǎo cì lǚ chéng yǒu shǐ méi yǒu zhōng
How many journeys have started but never ended

折返原地更加心痛
zhé fǎn yuán dì gèng jiā xīn tòng
Going back to the starting place is even more painful

 

想要和情人嬉水爱琴海中
xiǎng yào hé qíng rén xī shuǐ ài qín hǎi zhōng
I want to play with my love in the Aegean Sea

想要带孩子近距离看大笨钟
xiǎng yào dài hái zi jìn jù lí kàn dà bèn zhōng
I want to take my children to see Big Ben up close

研究钟乳石洞
yán jiū zhōng rǔ shí dòng
to study stalactites

守护濒危物种
shǒu hù bīn wēi wù zhǒng
to protect endangered species

其实无人能阻止我的放纵
qí shí wú rén néng zǔ zhì wǒ de fàng zòng
And actually, nobody can stop my wild dreams

 

我们都不甘于按轨迹转动
wǒ men dōu bù gān yú àn guǐ jì zhuàn dòng
We are all unwilling to spin around a trajectory

我们心中住了个可爱小顽童
wǒ men xīn zhōng zhù le gè kě ài xiǎo wán tóng
In our hearts reside a cute naughty little child

若坚守我初衷 梦想就能启动
ruò jiān shǒu wǒ chū zhōng mèng xiǎng jiù néng qǐ dòng
If I just hold fast to my original wish, the dream can take off

有天终于离地双手可触碰太空
yǒu tiān zhōng yú lí dì shuāng shǒu kě chù pèng tài kōng
And one day I’ll eventually leave the ground and my hands can reach outer space

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  • Germandude

    ..

    • Claude

      No shit, eh? You and me both brother.

    • Now this would be music brother!!

  • bprichard

    I promise there is no cute naughty child residing in my heart. Blech.

    • mr.wiener

      Just so long as there isn’t one residing in your secret basement either , Blech.

      • bprichard

        How did you know about my secret basement!?

        • mr.wiener

          Magic mod powers. Don’t worry, the story of your extra appendage I shall take with me to the grave.

  • Cauffiel

    Chinese Sara McLaugfaj;lklan.

    Do they just completely disregard tones when singing? Someone wrote the first Chinese song ever and they decided “well, this tonal shits just not gonna work.”

    Cute girl, though.

    • Kai

      Well, she’s Cantonese so Mandarin isn’t her primary language so…

      • Cauffiel

        I just mean to comment on the difficulty of tonal languages for native English speakers, that’s all.

        • Kai

          Oh, I thought you were talking about Kay Tse. Yeah, tonal languages can be tough. I read somewhere that one of the ways to help with this is to expose a baby/kid to as many different sounds as possible so their brain can somehow wire itself so that they won’t have as much difficulty physically producing those sounds/tones later in life. I’m gonna try it with my kids.

      • chinese

        she is my top 5 canto singers.Too bad she is married though.

        • linette lee

          What so special about kay’s voice? Very mediocre.

          vocal queen should sound more like this…live.

          A mei is a true vocal queen.

  • Cauffiel

    Chinese music/movies/TV/etc. is never going to improve or be notable or compelling until the Culture of Ministry is disbanded and censorship is the exception and not the rule.

    • Kai

      In general, I disagree, because I think there’s been notable improvement and even compelling Chinese media over the years, but I understand what you’re trying to say. If you’re referring to this song specifically though, it doesn’t apply. She’s from Hong Kong and this was recorded with a label in Taiwan so it’s not like this was influenced or censored by any mainland ideological organs.

      • Cauffiel

        Actually, it was just something I thought about earlier today and seemed to fit a pop music post. I was listening to my own music thinking, “There’s no reason Chinese people shouldn’t be able to compose rock, rap, heavy metal, punk, avant garde, electronic, etc. music. Why isn’t there more of it?”

        It may, in part, be business…. no market for it. Most of my students hate my music, and I’ve only ever played the most mainstream music for them because I figure they wouldn’t like the weirder music I have.

        Every semester my students are asking me if I like Adele, Taylor Swift, Linkin Park, and they have the impression that makes up the bulk of English-language music.

        Why isn’t there more musical variety (but for very small niches that do not have widespread distribution) in modern China? The only reason I can think of is censorship.

        The Chinese are great at adult contemporary music though. Applause.

        • Kai

          I agree there shouldn’t be any real reason why they can’t compose those genres and I’m sure they do, like you, but we might personally not have much access or exposure to those niches. For example, I’m a fan of punk and eletronica but in daily life, it’s pretty hard to run into anything but mainstream stuff (which is true everywhere and that’s why it’s called “mainstream”, heh) unless you go out of your way to surround yourself with that scene. So they exist, but I think we’re just not wired into it and it’s harder for us to get wired into it?

          I really don’t think it is censorship. There’s an argument to be made that they just aren’t as popular as pop and love ballads but I think most of it might be that it’s just harder for us to find. Well, in my case, I don’t care to find it because I’m not that big of a music person so it’s not a passionate hobby for me that I spend much of my time and energy in, but I think even for a lot of foreigners who are into music, there are still language barriers and simply not knowing how to find such music circles and anthusiasts in massive China, even though they exist.

          You ever watch those shows like Voice of China or China’s Got Talent? You still get a lot of mainstream pop performances but one thing I noticed was that there’s often someone who does something that you and I would both think is less common in China. That’s one reason why I know these circles exist but they may be harder for a foreigner to tap into as easily as they would from the circles in their home country where there isn’t language barriers and they’re more familiar with the lay of the land.

          Anyway, similar to your questions about music genres, I wonder about when Chinese society in general will produce science fiction at the level of Westerners. Lots of interesting anthropological musings in that too.

          • linette lee

            From what I know the famous song composers in these major Chinese record companies are mostly old folks like 40 or 50 years old. They are the ones with power. How do you expect them to write good pop electronic music or hard rock? They just write some stupid pop music sound like from the 70s and mostly love songs. If they want good pop or electronic music they have to hire young western composers but they don’t. None of these old Chinese folks can write pop electronic music like the western folks. I am sure they have talented composers but they don’t have connection and their work won’t get promoted. Just like they don’t promote musicians with talents.

        • linette lee

          The hong kong entertainment industry no long invest money in the music industry. They won’t even spend money on any music videos for any singers. It’s all cheap productions. The hk music industry is also controlled by hk mafia like Albert Yeung and many others. So in order to become a HK singer you really don’t need any talent you just need to have connection. They don’t do talent search for musicians like composers and instrumentalists neither. It’s all about connection and who you know. Don’t listen to HK music. Also the TVB dramas are all shit. The leading actors and actresses some have zero talents and kind of ugly but they get promoted(connection or maybe they gave sex service who knows) Some talented ones and really good looking don’t get promoted and just forever be in supporting roles. I don’t know but maybe the hk audience have no taste or the Hk entertainment industry is too controlled by the hk mafia.
          I can’t speak for China about their music industry. I don’t listen to their music at all. They don’t really have any good composers that write good songs that capture my attention. But I do see many many talented dancers and singers who can sing really well. China has the most talented dancers, singers, and actors actresses. They are truly very professional and many graduated from university of art or music.
          I like Taiwan musicians, and Singapore has some nice ones too. They are well rounded, many compose songs and play multiple instruments and not a bad singers.

          • chinese

            U have no clue what your talking about.There are rumors that yeung is affiliated with 黑社會 and had a 3some with joey and her mother. however labeling all h.k music as corrupt and shit is wrong.Furthermore labeling tvb as “Shit” and tvb actors is wrong.There have been some good dramas lately and actors tavia yeung charmnie sheh kate tsui sheren teng wayne lai kevin cheng etc.

          • Cauffiel

            Haha…. you sure seem to know a lot about who to bang to make it in Hong Kong, Linette! Experience much?? :-D

        • linette lee

          It’s like I’m paranoid looking over my back
          It’s like a whirlwind inside of my head
          It’s like I can’t stop what I’m hearing within
          It’s like the face inside is right beneath my skin………..

          yeah………….

          • Cauffiel

            Haha…. why is Linkin Park so popular with Chinese? Any of my music that has screaming in it my students hate, but they still like Linkin Park.

    • If the PRC Ministry of Culture were disbanded and censorship were the exception rather than the rule, then most PRC music would just sound like this song…

      • Nessquick Choco

        Sadly true :D

  • mr.wiener

    Actually I thought this didn’t sound too bad ………………………One of us! Goober Gobble! One of us!

  • Claude

    Beijing Punk: Banned in China Trailer.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JTBzByvxhwc

    Beijing Punk Rock Band T.Z Generation. As featured in the Documentary above.
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Edyk_Ie9-W8

    I know no one watches these but I will fight the fight!

    • Germandude

      Yes Yes Yes, Claude. Every once in a while we get another stupid pop song’s lyrics presented here. I mean, is there anybody in the west that thinks Justin Bieber song texts need to be analyzed? They are on the same standard of retardation as the lyrics of “Like a child”. I bet nobody with more than a braincell expects such a pop song to have some real meaning in it.

      Now, just like you, I would be very interested in song texts of Chinese punk bands, or songs that actually are critical towards society, government, development or sth. You know, sth deeper than

      “Wanting to play with dolphins in the Pacific Ocean
      Wanting to go to Mount Song to visit Shaolin Kung Fu
      To be a forward for FC Barcelona, to farm in Cambodia
      Millions of people have millions of [ways to] go wild”

      I mean, I actually heard some of my braincells crying when reading this crap…

      Contrary to that, songtexts from Punkbands should criticize the status quo or be more critical towards the current state of society. Or is the lack of those kind of songtexts being posted a sign for them criticizing that the last streetfood they ate wasn’t up to their tastes and thus, grants a reason for a revolution?

      • Kai

        What you bring up is one reason why I always liked the “spirit” of cS versus a lot of the traditional Western reporting about China, that what it posts isn’t about what Westerners are “stereotypically” interested in but what mainstream Chinese netizens are interested in, that it tries to represent the Chinese internet “as it is” instead of what Westerners want it to be. Know what I mean?

        For example, why are we so interested in their songs that are critical about society, government, or development? Doesn’t that, on some level, suggest that we want to project onto them what we think they should care about? Why can’t we just behold what they do care about and try to understand or simply accept the reasons behind that?

        There’s also an argument to be made that this song IS critical towards society. The lyrics are about going against the status quo, against playing it safe, about pursuing your dreams and not listening to the wisdom of your parents. How easy is it to see that as a criticism of conformity and conservativism in Chinese society and a promotion of aspiration and individualism, or breaking free from molds and not caring about one’s “place” in society?

        What about the previous song about the chengguan? Isn’t that a song that is critical of society, government, and development?

        I think sometimes we fall into the trap of equating a musical genre with certain profoundness of thought and meaning that may not necessarily be true. Just because something sounds like punk doesn’t mean it is actually more “deep”, and vice versa. Yeah, mainstream pop can be accused of being vapid and formulaic, and many could be argued as such, but music is ultimately about individual interpretation, about how you, the listener, responds to it and what it engenders in you.

        Moreover, it’s not as if less mainstream music genres can’t be vapid or formulaic either. After all, fitting into any genre involves adopting, often by formula, certain conventions established by the existing music in those genres, right?

        A lot of these songs aren’t songs that match my taste, and some of the lyrics are kinda lame to me personally, but I think there’s still something revealing about them being popular (if they are) that I can appreciate. When it is so easy to get wrapped up in differences between people, it’s sometimes nice to be reminded of how similar people in general are.

        Heh, beyond that, I think these songs are posted with the intent of giving some readers the chance to improve their performance when they’re dragged to KTVs by their Chinese friends.

        • Germandude

          “….interested in but what mainstream Chinese netizens are interested in, that it tries to represent the Chinese internet “as it is” instead of what Westerners want it to be. Know what I mean?”

          I know exactly what you mean, don’t worry.

          “For example, why are we so interested in their songs that are critical about society, government, or development? Doesn’t that, on some level, suggest that we want to project onto them what we think they should care about?”

          First: “Why are we so interested in their songs that are critical about society, government, or development?”

          Because we all hope that there are some independant thinking people in China, not all mindless souls that have no opinion at all.

          And believe me, I know. I am not asking for a chinese punk song’s lyrics here because I’ve never seen one. However, I’d really appreciate if once in a while, cS could step away from its policy of just posting the most popular stuff, at least with its songs. In fact, cS would probably do much more through posting a single socially critical song, like Punk used to be, than you can imagine. It would be an eye opener for some readers here that there is also another side than the mainstream. And it might achieve that one or two retards like this “”Furious” George Rockwell” a couple of days ago and other idiots spitting racist shit here, were easier to be encountered. Draw an alternative picture to the hordes of Chinese workers, all running into the same direction without questions asked. You know? A picture that shows sth different than we see 24/7 in western media, and, surprisingly, in Chinese media and even Chinese critical media as well.

          Now I think you know my opinion about 80% of all people being stupid, ignorant, selfish and indifferent. With that, I include Westerners as much as Chinese or whatever race, country, skin-color or whatever other attribute you wanna put in. However, it would help a bit to once in a while read sth that actually shows sth else than the mainstream crap.

          “Doesn’t that, on some level, suggest that we want to project onto them what we think they should care about?”

          It might suggest that. But if you come to the conclusion that all people are pretty much the same, you are wondering how come cS does not report, once in a while, about “the exceptions”, if you know what I mean.

          “There’s also an argument to be made that this song IS critical towards society….”

          Yeah, right…

          “I think sometimes we fall into the trap of equating a musical genre with certain profoundness of thought and meaning that may not necessarily be true. Just because something sounds like punk doesn’t mean it is actually more “deep”, and vice versa.”

          Well, punk was just an example I used, because many punk songs are critical. Use a song from any genre that paints a different picture, just that the reader knows there are others as well.

          Then again, all this is just a suggestion from my side and it’s not up to me, I don’t even know if it’s up to you. But it would probably help readers to draw a bigger picture.
          Or just post the next love song that has lyrics so deep that even an ant wouldn’t drown in it.

          • Kai

            Because we all hope that there are some independant thinking people in China, not all mindless souls that have no opinion at all.

            I guess this is where we differ, because this “hope” isn’t so strong in my mind when I read cS or anything else about “Chinese” society. This hope is based on a specific assumption and stereotype. To me, the content on cS over the past 5 years proves there are plenty of independent thinking people in China who have minds and a diversity of opinions.

            Now don’t get me wrong, it’s not that I don’t recognize that popular generalization about Chinese people or that it’s arguably applicable to many of them; it’s just that it’s so obviously an unfair generalization to me that I don’t yearn for evidence of it being untrue. I know there are at least “some” independent-thinking people in China. I don’t assume the reason why things in China aren’t the way I prefer is because they lack independent thought. Do you understand what I mean?

            It’s problematic in itself that people start off from the assumption that Chinese people lack independent-thought and opinions.

            In fact, cS would probably do much more through posting a single socially critical song, like Punk used to be, than you can imagine. It would be an eye opener for some readers here that there is also another side than the mainstream.

            First, I feel like cS HAS posted a single socially critical song before. Don’t you think this song and for example the previous song about chengguan were socially critical?

            Second, I’m skeptical about how predisposed to “opening their eyes” some readers are here. I’m skeptical of this because I suspect with a majority of these people, it isn’t because they don’t have evidence that there is another side to the mainstream, it is because their assumptions and stereotypes of the Chinese are stronger and more comfortable to them. They say the racist things they do not because they don’t realize how unfair they are being but because its expression satisfies the emotional reaction they have at the moment.

            There are people who come to cS with an open-mind and there are people who come to cS looking for validation. You can show the latter tons of evidence that contradicts their generalizations about Chinese people and they’ll dismiss it all as exceptions to the rule. Why? Because the “rule” they have has some psychological value to them. Their memories are selective and they choose only to remember and give weight to the examples and evidence that supports their chosen view of the Chinese at the moment. In order for something to be eye-opening to them, they have to be willing to open their eyes.

            Again, don’t get me wrong, there are certainly people who come to cS and can change their minds about an opinion they have. You’re one example. However, it’s important to recognize the limitations of trying to prove something to people who aren’t predisposed to changing their minds.

            I again refer to what I said earlier above. There is no way, in my opinion, for an honest self-aware reader to read cS over the years or even a week and not recognize a diversity of opinions and free-thought amongst Chinese netizens. Sure, there are individual articles where the sample of netizen comments paints an often bleak one-dimensional picture, but isn’t it the reader’s failure as a critical thinking person to use such limited data in building or reinforcing stereotypes?

            What I’m saying is that at some point, you have to let the readers take responsibility for the examples they selectively remember to support the conclusions they draw and then express.

            cS doesn’t really embrace activism. From the About page, there is of course some vague hope that people realize that “we’re not so different after all”, but it doesn’t dedicate itself to countering well-known stereotypes but instead chooses to represent the Chinese internet as it is, as honestly and transparently as it can, and let people sort it out themselves. It allows the comments to be where people can try the heavy-handed prosyletizing and arguing.

            Of course, we know media can influence what people think and thus what cS posts can influence people’s perceptions of China. We’re not stupid. But, we also think people who blame the media for what they think are making excuses and not taking responsibility for themselves.

            For example, if “we” fear there are no independent-thinking people in China who are mindless and have no opinions of their own, what’s our excuse when we allow media to influence our stereotypes and racism? Aren’t we also not being independent-thinking people? Aren’t we also being mindless people whose only opinions are supposedly those given to us by media like cS?

            And remember, cS doesn’t seek to give anyone an opinion. It tries to give people more information for them to base their opinions on. It also demonstrably gives contradicting information regularly and consistently. You have an article of Chinese people mistreating animals and you have comments of Chinese people denouncing that right next to it. This is as it was on the Chinese internet. The conclusion you draw from this, including any conclusions that selectively ignore one or the other, says more about the way you think as a reader than what is true about Chinese society.

            I personally think cS is incredibly eye-opening, but only if you approach the material with an open mind and consciously take into account everything you see instead of only focusing on this or that example that feeds into whatever generalization you want to clutch to.

            However, it would help a bit to once in a while read sth that actually shows sth else than the mainstream crap.

            I’m not sure if you’re referring to the content overall on cS or just the songs. Overall though, the editorial mission of the site is to try to represent the mainstream through what is popular on the internet. The very formula is “mainstream”. In a way, cS isn’t even mainstream enough because you’d see a lot more celebrity and entertainment industry articles otherwise. But the point is that cS probably isn’t the site for anti- or non-mainstream content. There are other sites for that. I understand the argument for diversity of content or whatever, but there’s also an argument for purity of purpose, for picking a mission and delivering on it. Would you really want cS to betray its mission and pander to the whims of its audience?

            But if you come to the conclusion that all people are pretty much the same, you are wondering how come cS does not report, once in a while, about “the exceptions”, if you know what I mean.

            I’m not sure I know what you mean. Are you referring to music specifically or overall social phenomenon?

            One thing that comes to mind is fei zhu liu or even diaosi, both of which are arguably “exceptions” in mainstream Chinese society but have been reported on cS because they’ve become known topics and internet memes in mainstream Chinese society, especially on mainstream Chinese internet society.

            Especially with fei zhu liu, a sort of youth “counter-culture” that is influenced by musical genres of shock rock, death metal, etc., we see an example of cS reporting it but only when it commands popular attention. For Rensi, if there is a song that isn’t from a typical mainstream genre that becomes popular that it enters the mainstream, she should certainly consider reporting it. But if there isn’t, then she’d be contradicting cS’s stated purpose. It’d be like Apple producing a shoddy feature phone with a lousy user interface or McDonald’s offering a $50 filet mignon.

            Do you understand our consideration here? I know it’d be convenient for some readers to get the diversity of content they want all in one place. But it doesn’t make sense for cS to try to give everyone what they want to see. At some point, we have to focus on our mission and let people find what they want elsewhere.

            Yeah, right…

            Aw, come on, you’re being unfair here. Instead of dismissing what I said in my previous comment about how this song can be interpreted as being critical of society, at least argue why it isn’t persuasive to you. Otherwise you make me wonder if you dismiss something as not possibly being critical of society just because of the surrounding chords and harmonies.

            Use a song from any genre that paints a different picture

            This is subjective. It depends on what picture the reader has in mind and whether or not the picture being painted differs from it. I argued that this song paints a different picture from a generalization that some people have. If the picture someone has in mind of Chinese society is one of mindless conformity, isn’t it arguable that this song paints a different picture? That a message of not conforming resonates popularly with people?

            The chengguan song from before, isn’t that different from the picture so many have of Chinese music always being sappy love ballads?

            What you’re challenging me with here is a moving target. Without you defining what the picture people have is, it’s hard to identify what a “different” picture is. If you argue a “different picture” is any song that isn’t mainstream pop, I’d respond and say several of the songs Rensi has translated don’t fall into the genre of mainstream pop to me. The chengguan song is a good example. If you argue a “different picture” is any song that isn’t mainstream, then you’re asking us to violate our editorial mission and dilute our editorial content.

            Then again, all this is just a suggestion from my side and it’s not up to me, I don’t even know if it’s up to you. But it would probably help readers to draw a bigger picture.

            I understand your feedback and I hope you understand mine. Thanks for the email as well. My response in general is that I think cS makes it pretty clear what it sets out to do and what its limitations are (see About and FAQ). At some point, it’s up to the reader to understand that. I personally think cS already draws a bigger picture than most Western journalism about China and Chinese society, but that’s of course my subjective opinion. Some readers can open their eyes a bit wider and see more of the picture that is already presented on cS. Other readers can’t be helped because they don’t actually care to see a bigger picture. It doesn’t sit well with what they want to believe. Can cS draw an even bigger picture? Arguably it can, but cS arguably only has so many resources at its disposal.

          • Claude

            Where would we be without Kai the voice of reason? There is a vibrant art scene in China, Ai WeiWei obviously the most renown. Where there’s a thriving art scene a music scene will soon follow. Modern art has always been ahead of music and always will be, perhaps. People are so excepting of Picasso but so few of music made by the Dadaists, To this day experimental electronic has a minor following. My point being is that it takes time and it’ll take time to build an thriving modern music scene in a country where rock music is only 30 years old.

            The MIDI electronic festival Shanghai should be in October. Are there any dates yet? There you go Germandude, it doesn’t get more cutting edge then that.

          • Kai

            Not sure if sarcasm but I’m just trying to share my perspective and the context in which I see things. I admit I sometimes forget that people don’t have the same background of information and experience I do.

            Agree on there being a vibrant art scene and music scene in China. Like so many other things, China just isn’t as developed as things are in the countries we come from but we live in an age where we’re witness to so much change happening. A lot of it is arguably about China merely “catching up” with the rest of the world, but I think it’s fascinating to see how Chinese people interpret, adopt, and adapt what may be “outside” ideas into their own context.

          • Claude

            No sarcasm whatsoever Kai, your comments are much appreciated here.

  • MrT

    bet she takes it up the ass.

    • Joe R

      bet you’re a virgin.

      • MrT

        correct, whats it feel like then?
        I cant see the attraction myself.

  • YourSupremeCommander

    She cute or no? Vote ^ or v.

  • linette lee

    Kay can’t even sing that well. It’s funny how the hk record company keep saying she is THE VOICE. lol. What a shame. IF she is THE VOICE for the hk music industry Hk has no hope.

  • Claude

    Interesting conversation taking place. This was blocked last time I posted it so I’ll try again. It works fine in Canada so why was it blocked?

    Zuoxiao Zuzhou: Touching parts. It’s said that he’s China’s Leonard Cohen. Their words not mine.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V5YnnLP-8X0#t=15

  • Claude

    Jesus Christ! Did anyone notice how many people it took to write that song. One “composer” and three people to write the lyrics and one to sing it. Five people and that doesn’t include the producer or sound engineer. WTF?

    Somewhere in America there’s a kid with an Apple making music that’ll blow peoples minds in a couple of years. Toro Y Moi (aka: Chad Bundick) comes to mind. OK, maybe he doesn’t blow minds but it’s pretty good Electronica.

  • Angie_Mac77

    I don’t know what everyone’s complaining about. The song’s lyrics are deep, moving, so filled with meaning. It’s poetic and inspiring… it’s so…

    … sorry, I’m high

  • My ears!!!

  • Kiwi

    another one of those “THE LYRICS MY GAWD” fuckers

    v

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