Faye Wong Going to HK on May 21 for Ceremony

Faye Wong (王菲) will be going to Hong Kong on the 21st of May to participate in a Buddhist Chao Du ceremony for the victims of the earthquake. [Source: News.hexun.com, 20 May 2008]

Added 20 May 2008: Faye either leaving or entering the building:

[7.12.08: This video is no longer available on YouTube.]

‘Wait a Moment’ – Faye Wong and a Single Guitar

“Wait a Moment” (等等, Deng Deng) is the second track in Faye Wong 2001 (EMI, Oct 2001), and it’s one of my favorites. This is a demonstration of what Faye (王菲) can do with her voice. The only instrument is a single unplugged acoustic guitar playing quietly in the background. The music is all Faye. Faye’s voice. And it fills the soundspace in a way that no chorus or orchestra could. This is a live performance so you can’t shut out the background noise from the auditorium and the audience, but on a CD via headphones, with a completely black (silent) background, this song will blow you away. Still, despite the noise, you can still appreciate the quality of Faye’s vocal artistry. She’s the real thing, a singer’s singer. After listening to this, you have to ask yourself, “How many performers could pull this off, live, onstage, before a huge audience in a large auditorium, with only a single acoustic guitar as accompaniment?” And if you’re like me, you’d probably end up shaking your head and saying, “Not many. Maybe no one else.”

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Note: The song begins at the 1:10 (one minute, ten second) mark and ends at 4:30. I couldn’t find a version that presents just the song. The audio on the copy in YouTube is pretty bad so I’m relying on this one from You.video.sina.com.

Note: Click here for a related article (11.20.08) with an internal video.

‘You Are in My Heart’ – A Visual Masterpiece

Here’s an MV that was uploaded to YouTube by wonttellyoumyname on 2 Mar 2008. “You Are in My Heart” is the second track in The Decadent Sound of Faye (Cinepoly, July 1995). It’s visually mesmerizing, with the camera focusing primarily on Faye Wong’s (王菲) eyes. The camera angles are constantly changing and gravity defying, and with the bleached background and diffused lighting, you feel as though you’re floating, weightless, with the music and Faye’s beautiful eyes as the only solid reference. A major part of Faye’s allure is her eyes. Mysterious, deep, reserved, and endlessly enchanting.

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Faye Wong’s Return a Stunning Success

The producers of the earthquake relief special did everything they could to keep the focus of the program on the victims of the disaster, but try as they might, they could not conceal the fact that Faye Wong’s (王菲) appearance would not only attract millions of viewers and dollars but also overshadow the entire effort. The sets were deliberately kept to a bare minimum, and the performers all dressed in simple, ordinary street clothes. The mood was serious and somber. The purpose of the show was grave — to attract nationwide donations for the earthquake victims and to pay tribute to the thousands who died. No loud cheering or applause. But the cameras couldn’t lie. They knew who the main attraction was, and they focused on her. Faye. In the photo below, of Faye with Faith Yang (杨乃文, Yang Nai Wen) and Eason Chan (陈奕迅, Chen Yi Xun), Eason isn’t fooled, too. He’s pointing to Faye, and the message is clear: “Faye is it. Faye is the show.”

Despite preliminary reports that Eason would be the lead singer and Faye would be part of the chorus, when the performance started, I don’t think anyone was surprised to see Faye out in front, opening the number, solo. And she was fabulous. She never resorts to histrionics, in her voice and gestures, and this occasion was no exception. She tried to blend in with the others. But when you’re Faye, you stand out even when you do absolutely nothing. Her delivery, the severe atmosphere, and the complete absence of glitz could not hide Faye’s glowing presence and performance. As each of the four singers marched up to the box to deposit his/her donation, one of the hosts announced her name. But when Faye made her drop, both of them called out her name. You couldn’t help but hear the reverence and awe in their voices. When she sang the familiar opening to “Wishing We Last Forever,” she lit up the stage. Her voice was strong and confident, and there was no hesitation in her delivery even after her three year hiatus. The same ethereal, heart-stopping quality was there.

This performance was big. It answered perhaps the three most important questions: Does Faye still have her voice? Does she still have her looks? And most importantly, does she still have her magic? The answer to all three is a resounding, unequivocal yes — yes, she still has the voice, the looks, and the magic that made her the greatest female singer in Asia.

So what happens now? Can Faye quietly return to the reclusive life that she’s led for the last three years? I don’t think so. I have a feeling this experience could serve as the catalyst that awakens the artist in Faye, the creative force that wants to pick up where she left off after her Sony album, To Love. From the very beginning of her career, she’s been restless, anxious to break out of the mold, to try new ideas, new styles, new media. I think Faye’s fans sense and are drawn to this energy in her, a power that keeps driving her to try something new, innovative, different. For her fans, this is what Faye is all about — a restless, driving spirit who’s never satisfied with where she’s at. We miss this energy, this creativity, which only Faye can bring to the music scene. And my guess is that Faye must be feeling stirrings of this same energy after her performance last night.