Night of Hong Kong is one of the songs I feel that represents the romantic side of Hong Kong. Sung by the late Taiwanese singer, Teresa Teng in 1978, it remains one of the classical hits that are on the same catergory as Kowloon, Hong Kong. Hai~ Although she left us, but this Hong Kong hit will remain forever.
The country I am staying is going to have a local by-election soon for one consituency. As there were calls online to ask the residents to vote for an ideal candidate, this title came to my mind. It talked about innocence and the price for it. What choices will the voters pick? Will it affect their conscience? Or they are being practical about it? Hong Kong and Singapore are many miles apart. But we share the similarity and yet being different at the same time. From the best TVB drama of the year 2012, When Heavens Burn's main theme Innocence will ring for years. It can be the next unofficial anthem of Hong Kong in years to come.
Today's recommendation comes from a late 1970s song. Macau born, Taipei raised Jenny Tseng released her first Cantonese album in 1978. One of the song titled Fen Dou aka Strive talked about how two people strived for their future. Later on, it was known as Hong Kong's unofficial anthem as the lyrics talked about local born and raised Hong Kongers slogged and toiled to make the Pearl of the Orient (not referring to The Philippines) a better place. I tried to search for the music video for this song but alas, there is none. If you can understand Cantonese, you will find the lyrics meaningful.
Twenty years, Hong Kong music scene lost one of her finest to God of Death. Wong Ka Kui, lead singer of the rock band Beyond, died in June 30 after 6 days fell from a 2.7m platform while recording a game show in Tokyo. His death sent shocked waves to many of his fans and those whom love music. 20 years now, his last song A Brighter Future has transcended the meaning to crave out a better future. Just like Roman Tam's Beneath The Lion's Rock, it has become Hong Kong's unofficial anthem as well as epitome of Cantopop in her heyday. It was once said that Cantopop never felt the same when Ka Kui passed away. I will not know. 2013, I hope, we will not see deaths of megastar. Because Hong Kong had few megastars left. Remember Hong Kong, remember Cantopop, remember Beyond. I present to you A Brighter Future.
To many local born and raised Hong Kongers, Roman Tam's Beneath The Lions Rock brought them many memories. ALso the theme song of the same title drama title, the lyrics belted out the resolution to live and ride out of the hardships. It is the song that represent the lower class and their will to survive, but most importantly, it is to seek unity among the many migrants and the locals, in the face of Hong Kong's landscape. It was never considered to be Hong Kong unofficial anthem from its release in 1976. Till 10 years ago in 2003, after recovering from the dreadful SARS, many people thought of this song and the hardships they went through. Hence, it was dubbed as the unofficial anthem of Hong Kong. The version presented here is the 1996 version. Hai~ this late superstar has left us for a decade.
It is how an responsible media should do. Period. Hong Kong, I wish fighting should stop as soon as possible. You leave me with many favourable memories. I do not wish to see you sinking. Can Hong Kong grant my wish?
For those who are catching Friendly Fire, you may want to know what is the title of the Japanese song. The answer is "Friend", sung by Japanese rock band, Anzen Chitai. Anzen Chitai front many songs that were chosen to be sung in Cantonese by many of the Cantopop stars. And the choice of songs seems to be the one positive aspect of TVB dramas. From 2012's Ghetto Justice 2 using Adele's Someone Like You and Rolling In The Deep, who will not forget the The File of Justice series from 1992 to 1997? When the producers chose the right English pop songs to make lawyers in the drama so hip and trendy. I chose the above MV to showcase the original 1980s version of the song Friend. If you want to know what the song is about, you can approach your Japanese friends or people who know Japanese language for help.
Happy New Year 2013, Hong Kong!!! Like any cities of the world, this former British colony city had her share of dazzling fireworks. Below is the clip from Tsim Sha Tsui looking towards Victoria Harbour. Enjoy and enjoy your day off.