Out of nowhere I miss the young Jay Chou, not really out of nowhere, I just saw Jay at 金曲獎 Golden Melody Awards. Every time I just so happen to see him live, and I haven’t been following him at all, these years, I will still pause and skip a beat, the skipping a beat, the daze and amaze as close to bumping into an ex, still all fine and, out of nowhere the butterflies are back in tummy. We do have a muscle memory of love, I suppose.
I had days of looping Jay Chou nonstop, Jay Chous I still know the words, every one of them since 2000, 那些年。
NiangZi is my very first Jay Chou, as loopy as I am, I am dumbfounded this very moment listening to the song, and why on earth could I retain every minute detail, not exactly unwanted, but I did not know the memory still exist. The car, the boy, the air freshener in his car and his cologne. I was so soo soooooo floored and impressed and taken away by the song, and the boy who looped the song never upstaged the cool and swoonworthy that instant, to me. I still can’t shake my soft spot for Jay’s ‘Chinese wind wuxiapop’ since, just nothing compares to this particular song.
A love ballad, a tattoo in music of his RL romance. Imo, he’s since shut out that part of himself, probably unconsciously. It has never been the same.
This song just never ceases to amaze me. This song is Jay’s then, now and forever. Nobody can be close to doing it justice. This is my vote of best and most original lyrics by 方文山/Vincent Fang.
This gets my vote for the other best 方文山 lyrics. Maybe his very best. I should make a mental note to play it in the hottest days of summer for the chills down my spine. 林志炫 has recently sang a technically perfect rendition, but Jay’s slightly broken and off kilter vibe suits the song and lyrics and the ASFADHFAGSDFSHFJLLL story is it telling more.
I can’t explain why this song just sticks when most of everything Jay did after 2003 is not too memorable to me. The movie 海洋天堂 Ocean Heaven failed to connect with me except of this song, which reminds me so much, too much of 1L of Tears’ theme. Maybe that’s why.