Orchestral Version of Pop Songs

I had recently watched Henry from Super Junior performed the string version of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal and absolutely fell in love. Not just his magnificent arrangement, but the exciting and uplifting melody that it brings. May I mention that he is also a cutie pie?! Below are a few others that I found delightful.

Smooth Criminal

Tokyo Joe

Immortals

Happiness

Truth

心太軟 by 任賢齊 (Richie Ren)

Happy Friday and weekend! Sharing a classic by Richie Ren, hope everyone will enjoy as much as I do. Quite nostalgic, brings a lot of memories.

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曲: 心太軟 (Song Title: Too-Soft Hearted)
作詞:小蟲 (Lyricist: Johnny Chen)
作曲:小蟲 (Composer: Johnny Chen)
編曲:Christopher Troy (Arranger: Christopher Troy)
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你總是心太軟 心太軟
You are always so soft-hearted, soft-hearted
獨自一個人流淚到天亮
Crying alone by yourself till dawn
你無怨無悔的愛著那個人
You love that person without complain or regret
我知道你根本沒那麼堅強
I know you are actually not that strong

#你總是心太軟 心太軟
You are always so soft-hearted, soft-hearted
把所有問題 都自己扛
Taking on all problems by yourself
相愛總是簡單 相處太難
Loving someone is always easy, but getting along is difficult
不是你的 就別再勉強
If something is not meant to be yours, then don’t force it

+夜深了你還不想睡
It is late at night but you are still not asleep
你還在想著他嗎
Are you still thinking of him?
你這樣癡情到底累不累
Aren’t you tired from being so devoted
明知他不會回來安慰
Knowing well that he will not come back to comfort you
只不過想好好愛一個人
Only trying to love a person well
可惜他無法給你滿分
But too bad he is unable to give you full marks
多餘的犧牲 他不懂心疼
He does not know how to appreciate and treasure all your excessive sacrifices
你應該不會只想做個好人
You are not just trying to be a good person are you

%喔 算了吧 就這樣忘了吧
Forget it, just forget it
該放就放 再想也沒有用
Let go when you should let go, it is no use thinking more about it
傻傻等待 他也不會回來
Waiting for him foolishly, but he still will not return
你總該為自己想想未來
You should think of your own future

重唱 *,#,+,%,*,#

不是你的 就別再勉強 (x3)
If something is not meant to be yours, then don’t force it
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Chinese and English Lyric Translation: AFSPOT

曲終人散 by 張宇 (Phil Chang Yu)

Didn’t I tell you that songs by Chang Yu were addictive?! Sharing another masterpiece, 曲終人散, which I had on repeat this morning while driving to work, matches today’s gloomy and rainy weather. I love how each song has its own story and so much emotional is illustrated through Chang Yu – heart-aching, sorrow and affection.

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曲: 曲終人散 (Song Title: Song Ends, People Scatter)
作詞:十一郎 (Lyricist: Shi Yi Lang)
作曲:張宇 (Composer: Phil Chang Yu)
編曲:屠潁 (Arranger: Tu Ying)
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妳讓他用戒指把妳套上的時候
The moment you let him place a ring on your finger
我察覺到妳臉上複雜的笑容
I became aware of the complicated smile on your face
那原本該是我 付予你的承諾
That was originally what I’d promised to give you
現在我只能隱身熱鬧中
Now, I could only make myself invisible within the lively atmosphere

我跟著所有人向你祝賀的時候
The moment I congratulated you along with the others
只有你知道我多喝了幾杯酒
Only you knew how many cups of wine I drank
我不能再看你
I shouldn’t see you anymore
多一眼都是痛
Even a glimpse more would cause pain
即使知道喑地裡你又回頭
Even if I secretly know that you would turn around again Continue reading “曲終人散 by 張宇 (Phil Chang Yu)”

一個人的天荒地老 by 張宇 (Phil Chang Yu)

I came across Phil Chang Yu (張宇) a few days ago while watching an episode of 《谁是大歌神 – The Hidden Singer》 who is a famous Taiwanese singer and composer. Many oldies like me are quite familiar with his songs that were used numerous of Taiwanese TV series and movies. It was a great trip down memory lane and he is still amazing and talented as always. It has been ages since I heard any music produced from the island and quite happy to dig through my CD collection or rather do a search on Youtube. I adore the majority from his discography, but will share one of my favorites today, 一個人的天荒地老. A soulful ballad with a beautiful melody, the desiring and yearning emotions are skillfully expressed through Chang Yu’s lovely and soothing vocals. The passion, the anguish and the sadness-ness are convened elegantly through its lyrics, which are written by his wife that uses pen name, Xiao Huiwen (十一郎). They are certainly an invincible pair with over 100+ songs under their belt. Also if you’re interested in watching any of the episodes, they are available on China Zhejiang Youtube Channel.

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曲: 一個人的天荒地老 (Song Title: Eternity of a Person)
作詞:十一郎 (Lyricist: Shi Yi Lang)
作曲:張宇 (Composer: Phil Chang Yu)
編曲:涂惠源 (Arranger: Michael Tu)
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已經對坐了一夜 恐怕天色就要亮了
Sitting alone facing the night, fearing that morning would arrive
我開始有點明白 我們的愛也要散了
I’m starting to understand a little that our love should also scatter
妳像過去那樣走來 緊緊用雙手將我環繞
You’re just like the past, taking a step forward, preparing to use your hands to envelop me
妳的溫柔其實如刀 要我還妳怎樣的笑
Your gentleness is actually like a knife, how could I smile in return?

我明明都知道 這將是最後的擁抱
I actually already know that it was the last embrace
妳給我一個圈套 我不能跳不能遁逃
The trap you gave me, I couldn’t jump or escape from it Continue reading “一個人的天荒地老 by 張宇 (Phil Chang Yu)”

Dream of life by Itou Shouhei

Dream of Life had captured my heart from watching the opening of the 2nd season of the Bakuman anime. If you have not seen it, I highly encourage it since the series itself is wonderful and charming. It’s also by the same mangaka team as infamous Death Note. Anyway, Dream of Life is a wonderful upbeat and catchy song which you would enjoy listening when getting up in the morning or anytime you feel you need a boast.

Dream of life
Lyrics: Itou Shohei, Kawamura Yuki
Music: Itou Shohei
Arrangement:Aki Hishikawa
Vocals: Ito Shohei
Opening theme to Bakuman 2nd season

Bold is English Translation
Italic is Original lyrics

Yume kanaeru made chousen wa tsuzuku
Boku wa doko made chikazuketa n darou?
“juunen go no mirai” kagayaiteru sugata wa
Koukai wa shinai jibun de egaita story

I’ll keep challenging myself until I realize my dream
How much closer have I gotten?
“The future, ten years later,” an image of myself shining
I won’t regret anything, it’s a story I wrote by myself

Fumidaseba yukute habamu “genjitsu”
Makenai to ima mune ni chikatta

I won’t lose, I vow to my heart

Kokorozashita tsukamitai yume ga aru kara
Moyashite yuke jounetsu wo atsuku
Yume no tochuu de meguri au deai to wakare
Kimi ga oshiete kureta boku dake ga motsu chikara
Tachiagatteku n da yo nando tsumazuita tte…
Dream of life

I’ll keep my red hot passion burning
On my way to my dream, with new encounters and goodbyes
You taught me about the power that only I possess
With that I’ll stand up again, no matter how many times I fall…
Dream of life

Akirame wa shinai dare ni mo watasenai
Kono yume dake wa kakegae nai mono
Kuyashi namida nara gutto koraeta ano hi
Kodoku no kazu dake plus ni kaeteku story

This dream is the only thing that can’t be replaced
Tears of regret, I used all my strength to hold them back that day
A story where I’ll change all my lonely moments into pluses

Norikoete mo sugu aratana “genjitsu”
Kiri hiraite yuku mirai kono te de

I’ll cut my way through to the future with this hand

Kokoro no oku mamoritai yume ga aru kara
Shinjite yuke oikaze ni notte
Mezasu basho wa tada hitotsu “kimi to waraitai”
Boku ni takushite kureta yume he tsunagaru hikari
Kimi wo tsureteku kara mada minu ashita he ima
Dream of life

I’ll believe in it, riding on the tailwind
There’s only one place I’m aiming for, “I want to laugh with you”
The ray of light that links to my dream, you gave it to me
I’ll bring you along to the unseen tomorrow now
Dream of life

Furikaeru to tashikana ashiato ga
Ikutsu mono nayami yorokobi de dekite ita
Kyou made ikita boku nari no akashi wa tsuyosa he
Mune ni kizami mae he fumidashiteku n da

I’ve managed to gain many troubles and laughter
The proof that I’ve lived up to today is changing into my strength
Engraving it in my heart, I can now step out to the future

Kokorozashita tsukamitai yume ga aru kara
Moyashite yuke jounetsu wo atsuku
Yume no tochuu de meguri au deai to wakare
Kimi ga oshiete kureta boku dake ga motsu chikara
Tachiagatteku n da yo nando tsumazuita tte…
Dream of life

I’ll keep my red hot passion burning
On my way to my dream, with new encounters and goodbyes
You taught me about the power that only I possess
With that I’ll stand up again, no matter how many times I fall…
Dream of life


Romaji and English lyrics from JpopTime