Taiwan's pride and joy, superband Mayday are back and ready to release their latest album <Her Story> on the 26th of June. But wait...What's so different about this album? The fact is that NONE of the actual band members will be performing in the album at all! Instead, they will be represented by a slurry of female artists who will weave their stories through Mayday's most classic hits, creating their own renditions of Mayday's songs.
Here's what their little blurb for the album says:
她的故事，我的五月天 Her stories, Our Mayday
Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday,
Yesterday, Today, Mayday...
10個女生10首女聲 10 Girls 10 women's voices
Day by Day, coming soon...
From what I can hear, I know that Lala Hsu, Fish Leong, Jia Jia, Waa Wei and Karen Mok are among those who are involved in this project, but apparently out of everyone who has listened to the audio trailer, no one has been able to correctly identify every single female voice within the album.
Track Listings for the album have already been released:
0:00 生命有一種絕對 Life has a kind of definite
0:14 盛夏光年 Eternal Summer
0:32 離開地球表面 Leaving the edge of the earth
0:46 溫柔 Gentleness
1:09 你不是真正的快樂 You are not really happy
1:26 我不願讓你一個人 I can't bear to leave you by yourself
1:41 如煙 Smoke
1:52 愛情萬歲 Long live Love
2:12 我心中尚未崩壞的地方 A place in my heart that hasn't collapsed
2:32 突然好想你 Suddenly thinking of you
Well, I'm going to take on that challenge and have another crack at it! What are some of your thoughts on the singers of the ten songs? Let us know in the comments below!
Alright, so with <Crying Sand>, this song has a long history dating all the way back to 1990， when it was first sang by Huang Ying Ying. To date, the song has been sang and covered over 20 times, and it's no surprise why. The song has a very special atmosphere to it, combining a comforting fusion of clear eastern tradition with a melody that has a certain hook to it, reeling you in always for another listen, and another, and another...
Let's see how these four artists fare with the classic, shall we?
Unfortunately, the goddess of love songs isn't really topping my list with her rendition of <Crying Sand>, but it probably has something to do with the dated arrangement and the impromptu setting in which it was performed. Nevertheless, a good effort on Fish's part.
Gao Sheng Mei
Younger generations would probably be puzzling at her name, but back in her heyday, Gao Sheng Mei was rivalling the likes of Leehom himself, after bagging the first ever Golden Melody Award for Best Female Mandarin Singer alongside Leehom in 1997. Her rendition of <Crying Sand> was among the songs within the album garnering her critical acclaim and the Golden Melody Award itself, and it's easy to see why. Her vocals bring with them a classy sense of elegance and nostalgia; despite them obviously not being what is popular in this decade, her rendition of the song is still emotional and very much moving in its' performance.
Being her usual amazing and versatile self, Hebe's rendition of <Crying Sand> is among one of the most recent, her having performed it in a medley during this year's Golden Melody Awards show. But not only is it recent in terms of when she performed it, her performance of it was breathtaking as it was outstanding, as she performed an version of it with a very independent folk feel to it, topping things off with the breathy caress of her lilting vocals. This one gets top marks for innovation and creativity!
But my absolute hands-down favourite version of <Crying Sand> just has to be the one The Voice of China contestant Rose Liu performed a few weeks back. Her oh-so-sweet vocals are tinged with her characteristic huskiness as she completely makes the song her own, kneading it until it submits to her will. Every nuance, every word, and every emotion that exists within this song-the longing, the loss and the beauty of agony is captured so perfectly in her vocals that it is hard to even imagine that there is a person whose voice in that moment in time sounds even more perfectly angelic than Rose's.
Although I was unable to find a youtube version for this song (it was unfortunately taken down by someone who was obviously jealous of Rose's beautiful voice) , I really would recommend that you check out the video of her performance on qq. It is definitely worth that extra click.
So who did it best? I think the answer's clear for all to see!
The answer to this question may surprise you! Most of you will be familiar with one of Fish Leong's hit songs, <Silk Road> (丝路), but did you know that the song itself was composed by Leehom, with lyrics written by Ashin?
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