(Cannot Like) Too Much


太多

喜欢一个人孤独的时刻 但不能喜欢太多
在地铁站或美术馆 孤独像睡眠一样餵养我
以永无止尽的坠落 需要音乐取暖
喜欢一个人孤独的时刻 但不能喜欢太多

喜欢一个喝着红酒的女孩 在下雨音乐奏起的时候
把她送上铁塔给全世界的人写明信片
像一只鸟在最高的地方 歌声嘹亮
喜欢一个喝着红酒的女孩 但不能喜欢太多

喜欢一个阳光照射的角落 但不能喜欢太多
是幼稚园的小朋友 笑声像睡眠一样打扰我
我们轻轻的挥一挥手 凝结照片的伤口
我喜欢一个阳光照射的角落 但不能喜欢太多
喜欢一个人孤独的时刻 但不能喜欢 太多

Too Much

I like the moments when I am alone
but I cannot like it too much
At the train station or the art museum
aloneness like sleep, feeds and preserves us
With a neverending falleness
needing music, for its sustaining warmth
I like the moments when I am alone
but I cannot like it too much

I like a girl, she was drinking red wine
and as the rain falls, the music starts
Send her up the (Eiffel) tower
let her write postcards to the world
As a bird perched at the highest reaches
with a pristine and melodious voice
I like a girl, she was drinking red wine
but I cannot like (her) too much

I like a little sun-splashed corner
but I cannot like it too much
Twas the laughter from the children at play-school
distracting me, like sleep
As we wave our hands lightly
healing the scarred photographs
I like a little sun-splashed corner
but I cannot like it too much

I like the moments when I am alone
but I cannot like it too much


Music by 陈绮贞 (Chen QiZhen/Cheer Chen).
Lyrics adapted from the poem 《太多》 by 鴻鴻.
Bad translation by dustysojourner.

[Belying that frail frame and angelic voice, is the quiet but steely resolve of the indie rock musician, 陈绮贞 (Chen QiZhen), with her years of simple dedication and passion.
A true virtuoso with the guitar, with the heart and soul of a poet-philosopher.

I really like 陈绮贞, but I cannot like her too much]

12 thoughts on “(Cannot Like) Too Much

  1. The full poem by 鴻鴻.

    《太多》

    喜歡一個陽光照射的角落
    但不能喜歡太多
    當雨忽然落下
    我們沿著街邊快跑
    城市城市讓我們親近
    她的體味
    濕潤的鼻息

    喜歡一個人孤獨的時刻
    但不能喜歡太多
    在地鐵站 或美術館
    孤獨像睡眠一樣
    餵養我們
    以永無止盡的墜落
    需要以音樂取暖

    喜歡一個喝著紅酒的女孩
    在下雨 而又音樂奏起的時候
    把她送上鐵塔
    給全世界的人寫明信片
    像一隻鳥 在最高的地方
    歌聲嘹亮
    我在下面 耐心吃完
    太多鮮美的青貝
    趕丟了班離去的遊船

  2. Hey Don .. not sure if you have listened to Joanna Wang 王若琳 .. you might like her too much if you don’t already.

  3. legacy,

    I actually thought long and hard before going ahead to post the above. You see, the featured musician above, 陈绮贞 has been special to me for a very long time.

    And if it was really up to me, I would not ‘share’ her with anyone, for anything…

    But you are right; she and her music/poetry/art are truly beautiful, in so many ways.
    :)

    Don

  4. TS,

    Thanks for pointing me to Joanna Wang/王若琳.
    I just viewed/listened to a few of her songs for the first time. What an interesting voice and eclectic repertoire. And she apparently has been collaborating with 娃娃, one of the mandarin singers/composers/lyricists I like from the 80s/90s.

    Joanna Wang/王若琳 seems so young…
    :)

    I will look out for her music, probably try her debut album.
    Thanks again!

    Don

  5. TS,

    Nice. And its another one with lyrics adapted by 娃娃 !

    I think Joanna Wang, with her multiple background+influences (Taiwanese, American) is very appealing to current audiences across Asia. And like quite a few of our own Spore+Msia artistes who have also achieved pan-Asia success, especially with our unique blend of East-West backgrounds.

    I guess I’m a stick-in-the-mud, am a little more wary of fusion and feel more at ease with 本土/home-earth/earthy works, be it earthy asian or western or latin or wherever sounds.

    And as for earthy homegrown Taiwanese sounds, while I enjoy the ‘pop’ular works esp of the cream pop period of the 90s (娃娃, 李忠盛, 万方,张洪量);it was the brief shining few years of the late 90s when the alternative indie rock label 魔岩/Magic Stone burst into life with their amazing stable of talents (singers, musicians, composers, lyricists — most often than not, each person carrying out multiple roles) that was the high-point for me. And the notable performers from this label — the prince of taiwanese grunge 張震嶽/Ah Yue, the duchess of cool rock 楊乃文-Faith Yang, and the one and only 诗仙/poet-fairy 陈绮贞-Chen QiZhen.

    The prince of taiwanese grunge 張震嶽/Ah Yue:
    Pining for you is a sickness


    The duchess of cool rock 楊乃文-Faith Yang:
    Duchess
    (her lusty hollering towards the end is fantastic and so regal)

    Alas, 魔岩/Magic Stone was done in by the economic crisis and closed in 2001, and that hotbed of talents (who had been collaborating intensely in each others’ works) was forced to disperse, some signing with the larger commercial labels.

    But the little 诗仙/poet-fairy 陈绮贞-Chen QiZhen refused to compromise and in the years following, set up her own label and produced a couple of albums and singles, more often than not printing, labeling and boxing these records from her own bedroom (these limited records are true gems, individual works of art !).
    陈绮贞 was also heavily sought-after to write songs for artistes from across Asia; many bigger-name stars admit to being her fans.

    [In the Joanna Wang music video above, she was carrying her guitar case through the ‘maze’ of what seems to be a foreign city and finally settling in a french-looking cafe to “Let us start from here”. ]

    And here is how my ‘thing’ with 陈绮贞-Chen QiZhen started, way back in 1998:

    While 楊乃文/Faith Yang can be my cool Queen, my 女爵/Duchess (her song titles)…
    …陈绮贞, the pixie 诗仙/poet-fairy, captured my heart as the fresh-faced girl with the short-cropped hair, lugging her guitar around the streets of grey Taipei, looking for “一棵凄身的树,有阳光,有流水,还有微风吹,多一点时间,好让她再想一想/a lone withered tree, a little sunshine, flowing water, a small breeze, a little more time, so she can think”…

    Let me think:

    And this is where I would like to have coffee with her, the coffee-house at JiuFen:
    九份的咖啡店/Coffee-house at JiuFen

    http://www.tudou.com/programs/view/Le6WPqjsMnc/

  6. The above all new to me. I like (1) and (4). Neutral on (2) and (3). Other lesser know female artists I like are 金海心and 张靓颖。

  7. TS,

    Am not familiar with 金海心, but if I’m not wrong, 张靓颖 is a young girl from China who was in a singing contest and impressed with her big voice, range and versatility right ?

    I remember hearing her sing some asian and western songs where she nailed the delivery almost perfectly. If she has released her own albums by now, would be interesting to see if she has developed her own style. Will check it out.

    Thanks!
    :)

    Don

  8. TS,

    Thanks for the links, I will definitely go check them out.
    And just as I thought, the slightly non-chinese sounding name 金海心 turned out to be korean-chinese!

    Ah, there must be an interesting story behind your trans-ocean or at least, trans-national romance.
    :)

    Anyway, Shanghai at this time of the year must be very nice, before it gets too cold and foggy.
    Drinking tea and having some mooncake at the teahouse at the 老城隍庙湖心亭茶楼 (I know, its a tourist-trap…but its exquisite!), during the recently-passed mid-autumn’s full moon…
    And a quick trip down to Hangzhou Xihu for the autumn willows…
    Sigh, wish I was there.

    Don

    [I only realized its Deepavali today after going out and seeing the crowds at the beach…I’m so out of it recently…]

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