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Songs About the Heart

“We are humans, young and old, who share a common bond of love and humanity that is rooted in the heart.  Traditional Chinese symbolizes this enduring concept that connects such selfless feelings to the physical human heart:  “xin” (心) represents the heart and occupies the center of the character for love, “ai” (愛).  Likewise, a doctor symbolizes this unique blend of human character and devotion, to heal and treat patients from the inside out.”

I have learned so much about the human body that it’s almost unfathomable and amazing. I can’t help but make connections with everyday life. Like right now, as I’m jamming to my iTunes DJ. I was shuffling through my multifaceted music collection and tallied how many songs from around the world related back to the heart and its core meaning – love.  Here is a compilation of my favorite songs that have some connection with “heart” and “love,” from sappy love ballads to Asian hits and Korean stuff I can’t understand. These are only song titles; if you listen to lyrics, the list will include all my 2000+ songs and much more.

– Celine Dion: “My Heart Will Go On,” from Titanic, my all-time favorite movie

– Celine Dion:  “Pour Que Tu M’Aimes Encore” – “Because You Loved Me” – “To Love You More

– Kylie Minogue: “Love At First Sight”

– Mariah Carey: “Love Takes Time” – “Dreamlover” – “Heartbreaker

– Britney Spears:  “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart

– Madonna: “Open Your Heart

– Lady Gaga: “Love Game”

– Willa Ford: “Haunted Heart

– Maroon 5: “This Love” (and G-Dragon’s Korean version)

– Savage Garden – “I Knew I Loved You”

– Backstreet Boys – “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” – “As Long As You Love Me” – “I’ll Never Break Your Heart“- “The Shape of My Heart”  … Yes, I’m still swooning to timeless 90’s boy bands

Forever BSB

– ‘N Sync:  “Tearin’ Up My Heart

– ‘N Sync & Gloria Estefan: “Music of My Heart

– Joey McIntyre: “I Love You Came Too Late”

– Rob Thomas: “This is How a Heart Breaks

– BBMak: “Out of My Heart (Into Your Head)” (I like Euro-pop *.*)

– Bon Jovi: “You Give Love a Bad Name”

– Daniel Powter: “Love You Lately”

– Air Supply: “All Out of Love” (Wow, this is ancient…)

– 2Pac: “California Love,” a random, but catchy rap song

– Josh Groban: “You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up),” something a little hopeful

– Elton John: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” from my favorite Disney movie The Lion King

– Phil Collins: “You’ll Be in My Heart

– Jay Chou 周杰倫 – “簡單愛 Simple Love” – “ Heart’s Rain

– Lee Hom 王力宏 – “放開你的心 Release Your Heart” – “心中的日月 Sun & Moon In My Heart” – “心跳 Heartbeat

– Lee Hom 王力宏 & 盧巧音 Candy Lo “好心分手 Good Heart Break Up” (a nice Mando-Canto duet mix)

– Lee Hom 王力宏 & Selina – “你是我心內的一首歌 You Are the Song in My Heart

– Fahrenheit 飛輪海 – “心理有數” (lit. Your Heart Knows)

– Emil Chau 周華健 – “愛相隨 Love Follows”

– Richie Ren 任賢齊 – “心太軟 Soft Heart

– Teresa Teng 鄧麗君 – “月亮代表我的心 Moon Represents My Heart,” a classic Taiwanese song w/many variations

– Jackie Chan 陳龍/Kim Hee-Seon – “Endless Love,” from The Myth 神話 (2005)

– Phil Chang 張宇 – “用心良苦 Well-Intentioned

– Jacky Cheung 張學友 – “心碎了無痕

– David Tao 陶喆 – “就是爱你 Only Love You” – “愛很簡單 Love is Really Simple”

– Wilber Pan 潘瑋柏 – “不得不愛 Gotta Love”

– JJ Lin 林俊傑 – “只對你說 Sarang Heyo” (the Korean saying “Sarang Heyo” = I Love You)

– Vanness Wu 吳建豪 – “Listen To Your Heart

– Jolin Tsai 蔡依林 – “Love Love Love” — “愛無赦 Bravo Lover”

– Ding Dang 丁噹 – “我愛他 I Love Him,” from Taiwanese drama 下一站, 幸福 Autumn’s Concerto (2009)

– 元若蓝 Yuan Ruo Lan & 吴忠明 Wu Zhong Ming – “心願便利貼 Sticky Note Wish,” from Taiwanese drama 命中注定我愛你 Fated to Love You (2008)

– Super Junior 슈퍼주니어- “너같은사람 또 없어 No Other,” the MV has 10 hot Korean guys singing, dancing, and expressing their heart. I noticed how each of them get creative with their artful gestures of love, with the fancy red heart and baby blue aura giving the video and song a sweet feel.

– 2pm – “Heartbeat” (I have a whole blog on this up next…)

– G-Dragon – “Heartbreaker” (Ah yes, another one)

– CNBlue 씨엔블루– “Love”

– SS501 – “Love Like This” – “Making a Lover”

– DBSK 東方神起 – “Love in the Ice” (such a passionate song by 5 sexy Korean guys)

– XIAH Junsu 김준수– “君がいれば ~Beautiful Love~” (Junsu with a solo Japanese album post DBSK-breakup; now back in JYJ, yay!)

– JY Park – “No Love No More,” in the MV, after a double suicide, JYP lives it up in hell; he reminds me of a dancing Hugh Heffner for some reason…

– A’ST1 에이스타일 – “아쉬운 마음인 Yearning Heart,” from Boys Over Flowers (2009)

– Shin Seung Hoon 신승훈 (申昇勳) – “Love of Iris,” from Iris (2009)

– SeeYa 씨야 – “ 슴이 뭉클 My Heart is Moved,” from Personal Taste (2010)

– Utada Hikaru – “Prisoner of Love,” from Japanese drama Last Friends

– Arashi 嵐  – “One Love,” from Japanese drama Hana Yori Dango 花より男子 (2005)

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20 Most Played on iTunes

I’ve turned up my iTunes DJ and mixed up some favorite Asian and American music. I realized how much I missed bygone days, like back in the 90s (and 80s) when:

Backstreet Boys and ‘N Sync rocked girls’ lockers and bedrooms

Backstreet Boys were still young hearthrobs; now they’re just old, but the talent’s still there

‘N Sync before Justin and JC went solo and changed the whole dynamics; the other 3 were just… there

Britney Spears was my pop idol, before she made a big “Oops” and married a hobo dancer, popped out a few babies, picked up a bad smoking/drinking habit, and copied Voldemort’s hair-do

Christina Aguilera wore clothes

Mariah Carey broke wine glasses with her love ballads and not yet a cougar

Madonna could pull off skimpy outfits and didn’t have such manly biceps brachii

Jessica Simpson had a stable relationship and wasn’t so desperate in life

LFO still had a living Rich Cronin looking like an Abercrombie model

Ricky Martin didn’t come out of the closet and had babies

Rob Thomas was still part of Matchbox 20, even when I thought he was solo already

Savage Garden still existed… I still have a weakness for “Truly Madly Deeply” and “I Knew I Loved You”

Spice Girls ruled my 4th grade treasure chest: stickers, lollipops, books, magazines, posters, dolls, every merchandise that was out to drain my dad’s wallet

Michael Jackson… He’s still a timeless sensation… RIP

And now? I’ve added Katy Perry and Lady Gaga to my “Love-it” list. I’m really hooked on Katy Perry’s “California Gurls,” “Teenage Dream,” and “Hot n’ Cold.” And Lady Gaga? I love “Bad Romance,” “Just Dance,” “Love Game,” “Telephone,” and “Alejandro.”

My gym jams and study music are still predominantly C-pop and K-pop: DBSK 東方神起, SNSD 少女時代, Super Junior, 2PM, 태양 Taeyang, 빅뱅 Big Bang, SS501, Jay Chou, JJ Lin, Lee Hom, etc… I like how K-pop is funky, upbeat; basically, I like rap, hip-hop and R&B by Asian musicians, because there’s no blasphemy, no sexualization, no violence, just pure talent and incredible dancing! I like C-pop, mainly from Taiwan, because 1) I can understand it, 2) I can boost my Mandarin proficiency, and 3) sappy love songs help me study. Here’s my Top 25 playlist since it came into existence 3 years ago:

  1. 童 話 Fairy Tale – 光良 (Michael Wong) –> 466X
  2. 내 머리가 나빠서 Nae Moriga Nabbaso (Because I’m Stupid)- SS501 –> 455X
  3. Stand By Me – 샤이니 SHINee –> 324X
  4. 約 定  Yue Ding – 光良 (Michael Wong) –> 316X
  5. 아쉬운 마음인 걸 Yearning Heart – 에이스타일 A’ST1 –> 311X
  6. 只對你有感覺 Only Have Feelings For You – 飛輪海 Fahrenheit & Hebe –> 309X
  7. 說愛你 Say I Love You – 蔡依林 Jolin Tsai –> 293X
  8. 不得不愛 Gotta Love – 潘瑋柏 Wilber Pan ft. 弦子 XianZi –> 286X
  9. 就是爱你 Only Love You – 陶喆 David Tao –> 278X
  10. 聽媽媽的話 Listen to Mother’s Words – 周杰倫 Jay Chou –> 271X
  11. 霍元甲  Huo Yuan Jia – 周杰倫 Jay Chou –> 264X
  12. 日不落 Sun Will Never Set – 蔡依林 Jolin Tsai –> 263X
  13. 半糖主义 Half-Sugarism – S.H.E. –> 260X
  14. Love Love Love – 蔡依林 Jolin Tsai –> 260X
  15. 你和我 You and Me – 王力宏 Lee Hom –> 258X
  16. One More Time – 나무자전거 Namu Jajeongeo –> 251X
  17. 給我一首歌的時間 Give Me a Song’s Time – 周杰倫 Jay Chou –> 251X
  18. 放開你的心 Let Go of Your Heart – 王力宏 Lee Hom –> 250X
  19. 玩酷 Play It Cool – 潘瑋柏 Wilber Pan –> 248X
  20. 주문-Mirotic – DBSK –> 247X

You get the idea… It looks like chicken scratches above. I’m a super-Asian. Maybe there will be an eventual avalanche on this Top 20 list, a great disaster waiting to happen.

AHHHHH, JAY CHOU!!! 杰倫!!!

Dude, I’ve not been on the Jay Chou radar since his last album Capricorn. That is, until I sat through Harry Potter previews on Friday evening.

So I was watching a preview for The Green Hornet, where [Seth Rogan] plays superhero next to a martial arts expert. I noticed an Asian dude speaking broken English and doing wild and cool tricks with the white boy. A minute into the preview, my brain clicked… HOLY SHIZZLE, THAT’S JAY CHOU!!!!!!!!!!! I HEART THIS DEMI-GOD OF TAIWAN.



Seriously, I love Jay Chou. Here’s my compilation of the reasons why I have such a crush on Jay Chou.

  • I have over 150+ songs by this guy in my iTunes.
  • I am steamrolling through my Jay Chou epic collection as I pump through this blog.
  • Some of my favorite songs. It may be exhaustive, but it’s a small selection out of my playlists: 簡單愛 (Simple Love), 回到過去 (Return to the Past), 妳聽得到 (You Heard), 七里香 (Orange Jasmine), 夜曲 (Nocturne), 髮如雪 (Hair Like Snow), 珊瑚海 (Coral Sea), 霍元甲 (Huo Yuan Jia), 黃金甲 (Curse of the Golden Flower), 聽媽媽的話 (Listen to Your Mother), 千里之外 (1000 Miles Away), 退後 (Retreat), 心雨 (Heart’s Rain), 彩虹 (Rainbow), 青花瓷 (Blue Porcelain), 蒲公英的約定 (Dandelion’s Promise), 我不配 (I’m Not Worthy), 最長的電影 (The Longest Movie), 給我一首歌的時間 (Give Me a Song’s Time), 稻香 (Rice Patty).
  • I love this MV for 髮如雪 Hair Like Snow.  It’s traditional, romantic, and rather poignant. A beautiful, poetic song matched with a sad story involving fate and love.
  • I also really like his duet with 費玉清 (Fei Yu-Ching), 千里之外 1000 Miles Away. Another sad song involving lovers who cannot be together.
  • Yesterday, I finally downloaded his latest album 跨時代 ERA (2010), released way back in May. But I still like his older songs more (See above).
  • January 2008, my first concert ever @ Mohegan Sun:  I secretly bought $100+ tickets for relatively close seats to Jay Chou’s World Tour, without letting my parents know. I was never surrounded by so many Asian people and Jay Chou fans ever. I documented this holy jihad to Mohegan Sun with my camera. Many pictures and videos were recorded. I had such a blast that I lost my voice; I was singing on top of my lungs and screaming in Mandarin. When you’re in such a large, loud arena, you feel it’s okay to go a little crazy. Thus, my voice paid the price later that day, since it would not stop cracking for a good few days.
  • I’ve watched a few of his other movies, Secret 不能説的秘密 and Kung Fu Dunk. Secret 2 is coming out next year. I recommend Secret, because he directed AND acted in it. It was well-composed and well-presented. 5 stars on my vote.

  • I went all around Chinatown my sophomore year, when I experienced my ‘Asian’ awakening, looking for posters to decorate my room. I stripped off Orlando Bloom, the Olsen Twins, and Andy Roddick, and did a complete makeover. I think I freaked out my roommate Persis a little because of the drastic change; I believe she was just glad I got rid of the Olsen twins staring at her as she slept. I failed to find Lee Hom, but I did get a $5 cardboard with Jay Chou posing rather cooly.

My very Asian dorm room

  • Flash forward 3 years to May 2010. I had to move-out of my residence hall, since I graduated and now home-bound for the summer. I got really upset when my mom made me throw away that poster because there was no room in the car to accommodate a Jay Chou. I bet it must’ve been weird for the cleaners to come in and see an Asian dude staring back behind the kitchen garbage.
  • My friend gave me huge poster of Jay Chou’s Capricorn promotion for Christmas 2008. I have it hanging in my room right now. He has a funky hair bob going on and a leather jacket to show how cool he is.
  • I sing his songs religiously during my favorite Asian activity: Karaoke. I may not completely understand everything that’s emanating from my mouth, but I give the illusion I do just by singing from the heart.
  • I admit, I do not completely understand his mumble jumble, but I appreciate his beautiful lyrics, passionate & soothing piano compositions, and moving melodies. His music helps me relax and enter a blissful world. It’s great for studying and falling asleep too, so I guess that makes life a little unproductive.

Back to the movie and more Jay Chou. I think this could be a beautiful relationship. This movie could potentially be a cheesy repeat of Rush Hour. Jay Chou = the next Jackie Chan, or Bruce Lee? It’s so stereotypical to make the Asian guy the Kung-Fu master in these American movies. White = the new black; Seth as Chris Tucker?  It could happen… I will watch this movie, when it comes out 1.14.10. Maybe this will fare better compared to last time when I promised myself I was going to watch a movie featuring my favorite Asian musicians. That time, it was Wang Lee Hom 王力宏 in Lust, Caution… I was not prepared for the racy, explicit nature of the movie. My eyes burned afterwards >.< It still burns when I think about it. There’s a reason why China banned it from its movie theatres.