The first music video I saw on Youtube was “Lovable Women” or “Ke Ai Nu ren”, his most popular song from his 1st album entitled “Jay”. The song had a very nice, catchy beat to it and the lyrics were very simple that it was very easy to sing along to. By the time I have done extensive research on Jay, I had the desire to purchase all the official copies of his CDs so I decided to save up money from my job working at the school cafeteria. In 2006, when Jay released his 7th album, “Still Fantasy”, I knew I had to get my hands on this CD; otherwise, I will regret for the rest of my life. Thus, I ordered the CD online from yesAsia.com. Along with the CD came a big Jay “time-travel” poster. Ever since 2006, I started spending money on everything related to Jay such s his CDs, his movies, books, etc. that I decided to start a collection. As you can see, I have been collecting his merchandises for 6 years. You can find pictures of my JC collection on my FB page:
Now, moving back to the main topic…
Why do I admire Jay Chou? There are many reasons why I admire Jay Chou. But the number one reason is because I find his music to be very unique. He creates music that are different from other artists; for instance, he is the first Chinese singer to effectively combine Zhong guo Feng (Chinese style) music with Western style music. The first Zhong Guo Feng song I heard from him was “Hair Like Snow (Fa Ru Xue) in which he combined Chinese instruments (Gu Zheng) with Western rap and special sound effects (rain drops).
Another song with the zhong guo feng element is “Fearless” or “Huo Yuan Jia”. In this song, Jay used various Chinese instruments such as drums and the Er Hu and displayed a high Chinese opera singing voice which was combined with Western rock. With these combinations, Jay’s music not only can appeal to Chinese fans but Western fans as well. Also, unlike other artists who focus on only one genre, Jay’s music covers a variety of genres. He is actually the first Chinese artist to use the country genre in his music. There is a song called “Cowboy is Very Busy” or “Niu Zai Hen Mang” featured in his 8th album, “On The Run” that uses the country genre.
I also like the fact that his music raises awareness about many of the problems facing society today. Instead of singing about sex, drugs, and money like many Western artists, Jay sings about issues such as the importance of filial piety ("Listen to Mother's Words"), problem with domestic violence ("Dad, I'm Back"), the simplicity of life ("Paddy Fragrance Rice"), and the casualties of war ("Wounds of War"). I really like how his music helps to bring a positive outlook on life. For example, in his song, “Paddy Fragrance Rice” or “Dao Xiang” from his 9th Album “Capricorn”, the lyrics, penned by Jay himself, provides encouragement to his audience that they should never give up on life whenever they are faced with a downfall. Due to the increase of suicide rates in Asia, the goal of this song is to discourage suicide and encourage people to live on happily with what they have. Thus, if we fall down, then we should get back up and continue to walk forward and strive no matter what. Also, if we cannot find happiness in our life, then we should look into the other direction and try to find happiness there. We only have one life to live so always stay positive and cherish your life, everyone!! :D
Jay also taught me a lesson: “Never judge a book by its cover”. Physical appearance is not important; what’s important is the inside. For instance, durian looks unpleasant on the outside and has an unusual odor but once you savour it in your mouth, you will realize how good it tastes.