Plaque: A tribute to mum

Friday, March 30, 2012

Dedication of two wonderful songs to Mom during this Qing Ming period.

This coming Chinese All Soul's Day or Qing Ming; I would like to dedicated two songs to Mom. The first one was written and sung by Hong Kong's famous Beyond: Really Love You. This famed band was a phenomenon in 1990s Hong Kong until the lead singer died in an accident during a concert in Japan. Anyway, this song was about the love and appreciation for the mother of the writer whom did not agree with his career path as a musician but still gave him unconditional love and kept encourage him to try again after setbacks. This song was really inspired as a tribute to the mother of the writer and also to all those who owe so much to their moms; they will appreciate the genius of the writer for coming up with such a beautiful and powerful song:

The second song is a personal favorite of mine. It was the signature song of Taiwan singer-Fong Fei Fei who unexpectedly died from cancer at the relatively young age of 60 this year. She was such a gifted and fine human being. The name of this famous song is sometimes known as Applause or Here Comes the Applause. Its a wonderfully sentimental song that always brought out the tears to Fong Fei-Fei when she sang it during her concerts; she sang it with great emotion as this song refers to the struggles and hardships of a singer as she stand on the stage. I remember well how the elderly wife of famed US Air Force General Chennault appeared in a TV show several years ago commemorating the (?) anniversary of the Flying Tigers during the war against Japanese. Anna Chan weared gaudy makeup but seemed a nice person who was still active in US government circles; having known many US Presidents. It was said she played a key role in the election of President Nixon by getting the South Vietnam leader to pull out of a peace talk with North Vietnam at the eleventh hour. She acts as a bridge between US and China. Anyway, during the TV show featuring surviving members of the legendary Flying Tigers pilots (who are bona-fide heroes); the host asked her questions and near the end of the show; the grand old lady who was still sprightly suddenly mentioned a song she like which helped to expressed her emotions about the heroics of the Flying Tigers and she sang several lines of this song which she found so moving.... Here Comes the Applause which I specially dedicate to dearest mom who is like the spirit of Lincoln that still dwells in the hearts and minds of the people; so does the spirit of mom still dwell in our minds and hearts. How lovely Fong Fei Fei looks as she sang her most famous song and see how the tears flow so freely as she lets her emotion fly with the song... there is also a lady musician who played this melody via an ancient Chinese musical instrument; and how well did she play an up beat version... very talented indeed.

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