南海姑娘

13 04 2010

Last week, while I was reading the newspapers and the TV was on and just droning away, a familiar melody caught my attention. An entertainment news program was reporting that Malaysian singer 梁靜如 (Fish Leong) will be appearing for a Teresa Teng (鄧麗君) remembrance event, and  she just sang a little bit of 《南海姑娘》for the reporters.

This is one of my favourite Teresa Teng songs. For me, it conjures an image of what I call “Tropical Romanticism”. Palm trees swaying in the tropical breeze, a lone person singing for a lost love by the beach, and the men still wear suits under the hot sun! And the time period is back in the days when Malaysia and Singapore are collectively known as “Nanyang” (南洋).

In my younger days, it would be unthinkable for me to listen to Teresa Teng! I would rather listen to New Order, Sister of Mercy or The Cure. I was crazy about The Cure – one of my good friend back then even has a joke about it. He would ask “Do you know what is better than The Cure?” “Really? What?” “Prevention!” – duh….yeah I know haha. It is a real testament to Teresa Teng as a singer that her songs are so timeless and well loved.

I managed to find an old video of her singing 《南海姑娘》, enjoy! 🙂

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