3. This 1995 performance has to be one of the most touching I’ve ever seen, Faye Wong (王菲) singing the Teresa Teng (鄧麗君, Deng Lijun) classic, “I Only Care About You” (我只在乎你). (Click on the image below to see the video.) This is a tribute to Teresa, who passed away earlier that year. Faye idolized Teresa and counts her as an influence. Teresa dominated the Asia pop music scene in the decades before Faye’s emergence. In July, a couple of months after Teresa’s death, Faye released an album, The Decadent Sound of Faye, devoted to covers of Teresa’s songs. ”Decadent” is a reference to the labeling of Teresa’s songs by the mainland’s cultural police. Teresa was a Taiwan native.
[Added 5.26.08:] Some criticized Faye for capitalizing on Teresa’s untimely death. However, this album had been in production prior to her passing. Thus, the timing of the release was coincidental.
Teresa’s mother appears in the opening, thanking those who have contributed to this program, including Faye. The erhu (二胡), a Chinese violin, is the instrument that, together with Faye’s performance, tugs at the heartstrings. In the segment before Faye’s appearance, the erhu is playing “Wishing We Last Forever” (但愿人长久), a Teresa song that Faye adopted as her trademark. The lyrics are from a poem written by Su Shi (苏轼) in the 11th century. The sound quality of the video could be better (the piano’s way too loud), but the poor engineering doesn’t lessen the impact.
See “10 Best Minor Videos” in the right sidebar for links to the other selections. The introduction to this series is in selection #1.
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