*to make things clear , I don't really hate jay chous music as you will see as you continue reading , it's just at times I do have a strong sense of dislike for his choices within the music industry .
I've never been the biggest jay Chou fan. After I graduated from the initial stages of learning about c-pop and began to widen my horizons what he stood for and his music became something that I saw to be without musical integrity and often having themes that I disagree with , such as promoting of sexuality and promiscuity in females , especially in his music videos. His 2009 and 2010 albums to me were kind of duds which almost totally evaporated any respect that I had for him , with songs such as 跑车女神(sportscar goddess) and also having first singles that sounded almost identical. He is also known to contradict himself , having once said in an interview that he will stick to his Chinese roots and refuses to learn English but yet is one of the first Chinese pop stars to star prominently in a Hollywood flick (the green hornet). He's famous for his penchant for fast cars , gambling (he once spent over a million at a casino in LA) and supposedly young women (he's rumored to be dating an 18 year old model/host). I hadn't given him much thought until he released his latest album <opus 12> at the end of last year , and even then my response was pretty much "ugh blonde hair and abs." . The title of the album didn't even make any sense to me and the concept was too open to be complex in any way.
However , I still cherish his old songs , especially those from his 2008 Capricorn album and favourites such as (simple love) and (rainbow). It has always been a mystery to me but it is songs such as these that are extremely comforting to me . After listening to a few of his songs on YouTube from his latest album , I decided to get it and resolved to just listen to it with no strings attached ; no commitment to writing a review on it , not needing to think about the concept , the lyrics , who produced it , who arranged it or get into all the details. Instead , I just listened . I really listened and I actually really liked it because I could feel that sense of comfort coming back to me , especially in <big Ben> , <ukelele> and a few other songs from this album.
Then one day , while I was humming <big Ben> in my head , the lyrics popped up : "耍什么嘴硬，耍耍什么嘴硬 有什么毛病 又又有什么毛病 我很大起我没你消气我会原谅你们你仔细听＂. They were so simple , but yet had the ability to make me feel so warm and cuddly instead and at that moment I knew why. Jay Chou isn't trying to change the world. He isn't Michael Jackson , he isn't Wang leehom. He , on the inside is essentially an average human being , with similar emotions that relate to each and every one of us in our every day lives. His lyrics and his songs are easy to relate with us on an everyday level , maybe just to keep us going in work or at school , or to give simple and sweet romantic advice. If you look deep deep down behind the snapbacks ,the blonde hair and the abs , there is just this guy who makes music purely to make people happy ; to make himself happy and to make others happy. And that happiness , and the way that he sees his music and makes his music is at the core of many of his songs.
If there was to be one Chinese artist that everyone liked , in my personal experience it would be jay Chou. Before this , I always thought , couldn't there be someone more worthy of respect and adoration than jay Chou , the man who really has no aim in life? Wang leehom , Khalil fong or yoga Lin perhaps. All of these critically acclaimed geniuses with a worthy aim in the music industry. But now I finally understand what Chous aim is - to be happy and although we don't always see eye to eye on (more than several occasions) , it's okay now to just see his name popping up as the only Chinese artist on other peoples Facebook likes or people telling me "I only know who jay Chou is". Because his simple messages and masterpieces , though a select few ,will always give me comfort and that pure feeling of happiness at its core in every note and every listen.
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