Beginner’s Guide to Leehom’s Chinked-Out
Heart Beat (心跳)
春雨里洗過的太陽 (Chun Yu Li Xi Guo de Tai Yang) – The Sun After Washed by Spring Rain
Though Heart Beat continued exploring Chinese traditional instrumentalization with rock&roll, Leehom also incorporated the beautiful ballad The Sun After Washed by Spring Rain (I still think this translation is weird), which incorporates the sound of the water splashing as Leehom sings the only English verse, “If you listen to the rhythm of the pouring rain.”
You can check lyric translations of the song on AsianFanatics.net
我完全沒有任何理由理你 (Wo Wan Quan Mei You Ren He Li You Li Ni) – No Reason to Pay Attention to You
In this song, Leehom Wang takes on a cheeky tone as he addresses all those rumors on his private life by saying he has no reason to pay attention to any of them. Playing with a fast play on words layered on top of a catchy pop tune with the hook “Wan quan! Mei you! Ren he! Li you! Li… ni~~~” That’s all he really wants to say.
If you can’t see the YouTube upload, check the video on YinYueTai.
The 18 Martial Arts (十八般武藝)
伯牙絕弦 (Bo Ya Jue Xian) – Bo Ya Cuts the Strings
In 2010, Leehom released his directorial film debut, Love in Disguise, alongside his 14th album The 18 Martial Arts, which heavily relied on the connection to the film. The single Bo Ya Cuts the Strings relies on the use of the guzheng layered under Leehom’s autotuned vocals as he tells the story of Bo Ya — the concept of the song makes a lot more sense within the film, but it doesn’t take away from how beautiful the song is.
柴米油鹽醬醋茶 (Chai Mi You Yan Jiang Cu Cha) – Daily Necessities
And to finalize our list, this is the last highlight ballad. Simply called Daily Necessities, the literal translation of the song is “Firewood, Rice, Oil, Salt, Soy Sauce, Vinegar, Tea” which are the essential well… “daily necessities” . The simple fact that the title of the song is that and can be translated into something else blows my mind. Leehom’s simple melody highlights the simplicity of the lyrics and coins such brilliantly easy phrases such as “blue turned to red when I met you“.
Yup! And that’s it.
Your 15 Leehom Wang essential songs, covering a broad range of genres, rhythms, instruments and talents. Leehom is truly one of the most exciting things not only in the Chinese music industry, but he’s also one of the most exciting things in MUSIC these days.
It’d be a huge shame if anyone is missing out on his music just because he doesn’t sing in English.
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Also, don’t miss his latest single Open Fire [MV].