張震嶽 – 我是海雅谷慕

I need to take a break from Mayday and review this fantastic album by A-yue. I am very impressed by his new album. It is so darn good that my iTunes playlist has uncharacteristically taken a break from Mayday and it is playing ‘我是海雅谷慕’ all day, all night.

My first A-yue album is his popular 1998 ‘Free Night’ (秘密基地) album. In 1998, I was a silly teenager and had to save $$$ to purchase the cd. I remembered listening to the cd non-stop on my huge SONY disc man. His angst rap and rock appealed to the inner rebel in me. The hilarious songs like ‘我要钱’ and ‘干妹妹’ are nonsensical and fun while the ‘Free Night’ and ‘One Night Stand’ are rocking good! Of course, the classic love ballads – ‘分手吧’, ‘勇气’, ‘爱我别走’ – became theme songs of the hot-blooded, emo youth! The album screamed ‘自由’ which my adolescent self yearned for!

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Somehow I lost touch with A-yue as the innocence of youth faded. Life happened. Reality struck. Somehow fate worked its mysterious ways and I found him again when I was entering a new stage of my life. I was very surprised when I heard that he was having a new tour. I had no idea that he just released a new album. Since 2007, he had been busy with collaborations with other artists – his 2013 album was seriously ‘overdue’ after 5 years.

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Maybe I am biased and suffering from my teenage-nostalgia – but I really think this is one of the better Mandopop albums I have heard in a long time. The concept of the album is cohesive and though-provoking. A-yue addresses several social issues through his sensitive yet piecing lyrics. His love ballads have matured and they are so much more sophisticated in this album. Finally, the music – the guitar riffs, the musical arrangement – is flawless. A-yue has really grown into a mature musician (成熟的音乐人) – a veteran Taiwanese musician whom has altered the landscape of contemporary music in East Asia.

属于大海与山野的孩子,
最终会回到自己出发的地方。
海是我的朋友, 山是我灵魂的归属,
我是大地的孩子, 我是海雅谷慕。
海雅谷慕是张震岳的阿美族名字,
海雅是阿岳的名字, 谷慕, 是他父亲的名字。
每个原住民的父母, 都会提醒孩子, 你有自己原来的名字,
不要忘了, 你是属于山与海之间的灵魂。
这是一个历经了潮流更迭, 产业变迁的阿美族青年, 回到出发地的故事;
是一个热爱大地的真挚创作者, 看待这个支离破碎的社会的眼神;
是一个已臻成熟的音乐人, 心里最想表达的声音。
当流行的声音越来越表象,
这个创造出无数流行经典的歌手, 选择回到出发的地方,
用最纯粹的作品, 关注最深之处。

Ayal Komod (海雅谷慕) is A-yue’s aboriginal name. He is from the Taiwanese indigenous group, Ah Mei Zu (阿美族). By using his aboriginal name, he seems to yearn for a return to his roots – perhaps his musical roots – making the music he wants and not succumbing to commercialization.

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In this interview with KISS FM 999, A-yue talked about his feelings about his name – 海雅谷慕.

跑车与坦克

女人手里的花 男人肩上的枪
女孩一脸瘦巴巴 男孩一脸惊慌
坦克压过原本是热闹的街
异国的士兵带来粮食和水
毫无未来的百姓已经厌倦
已经厌倦 不想再流泪

女人整型做脸 男人刷卡付钱
女孩不想上学 男孩只想玩game
跑车压过原本是落没的街
政客和商人带来经济起飞
酒足饭饱的胖子已经厌倦 只想减肥

两种不同世界 各自在另一边
总是不得平衡 高低又歪斜
正义犹如谎言 真理万化千变
我们所相信的 埋在瓦砾堆
轰隆隆的炮声 舞池里的鼓声
有人置身事外 有人没有家
地球妈妈累了 发烧居高不下
你我却为了利益 撕破脸

The album starts off boldly with a critique of the modern civilization. The seemingly innocent title ‘跑车与坦克’ hides a critical commentary of the inequalities which exist in the modern world. I like how he poetically paints the scene of war-torn society in the first stanza. He uses different pronouns to introduce how the civilians are affected by the war. A woman holds a flower while the man carries a gun; a malnourished girl and a distressed boy – these people become tools of the war. A-yue’s depiction of the helpless civilians reminds me of Giorgio Agamben’s discussion of ‘bare life’. Essentially, the civilians have no agency over their own lives The state yields absolute power over them. The war is not theirs to fight- yet their lives are implicated by the senseless wars raged by the state.

After portraying the sufferings of the people who are trapped in a vicious cycle of violence and war, A-yue changes course and describes the lives of urban dwellers in a developed country. He mocks the self-indulgent lifestyles of the pampered people – women who are obsessed with superficial beauty and men who perpetrate the unattainable ideals of femininity; girls who play truant and boys who waste their time on useless video games. In contrast to the imagery of the ‘tank’, which is associated with warfare, in the first stanza, A-yue evokes the imagery of the sports car , which epitomizes the hedonist habits of the rich people who ‘own’ the world. Cleverly manipulating the structure of the song, A-yue thoughtfully shows the juxtaposition between the disenfranchised people who live in the Third World countries and the privileged people from the developed countries.

The melody of the song is deceivingly light-hearted as A-yue is not singing a childish song about toys like sports car and tanks, he is positing a critique of the inequality and unfairness in the modern world – 两种不同世界, 各自在另一边, 总是不得平衡, 高低又歪斜. There is no fairness or justice – 正义犹如谎言 真理万化千变 – the ‘truth’ is controlled by the authority. We are all hypocritical and self-centred – we drive our sports cars, use our Iphones and attend our concerts – but what about the girl who holds a flower destroyed by landmines and the young boy who uses a machine gun daily? 地球妈妈累了, 发烧居高不下, 你我却为了利益 – 撕破脸.

The music video is artistically filmed. I like the projection of graphics on the faceless individuals wearing white t-shirts. Perhaps we are that faceless individual who is oblivious to the sufferings of our fellow mankind…

破吉他

最好是艳阳天约在海边不散不见
一定有人爽约喝太多起不来之类到底
理由总是有太多时间浪费在上网游戏之间
难得假日星期天何不骑着单车去
看看河岸夕阳很美不要再睡

一阵浪花打来夏天皮肤特别黝黑
远方几个辣妹浓妆艳抹照样戏水
漂浮在平静海面脑子空空没所谓一只海龟
有点不想回台北
幻想退休养老要在花莲
买一块农地养鸡种田

任何事都为别人自己摆在最后面
来一次远走高飞再犹豫就别后悔
择期不如就今天 bye bye blue Monday
肩上一把破吉他流浪到天边

任何事都为别人自己摆在最后面
来一次远走高飞再犹豫就别后悔
择期不如就今天 bye bye blue Monday
肩上一把破吉他流浪到天边
流浪到天边流浪到天边再见呀再见

In the album introduction, he explains:

‘破吉他’ 很像是一首写给同类血脉的族群的情歌,
给那些不受限于自己出生的土地,不受限于自己讨生活的地方,
不受限于文化的局促想像,懂得如何坚强的站在现实里,
却能呼吸自由空气的,其他大孩子们。

In a ‘Kiss FM’ interview, A-yue discusses the song.

This song is just so easy to listen to. The guitar riffs create a relaxing vibe. Every time when I listen to this song, I feel like running to the beach. A-yue accurately captures my feelings in this song – 幻想退休养老要在花莲 买一块农地养鸡种田. I really want to retire on a farm – preferably a farm in Taiwan! A-yue urges his listeners to take a break from the monotony of their lives, and pursue their dream – 来一次远走高飞再犹豫就别后悔. Some people are too obsessed with advancing their career, earning money and buying that branded product – maybe life is more than that. Let’s embrace a broken guitar and escape from our endless pursuit of material possessions.

走慢一点点

催促的引擎声回荡着街边斑马线的行人低头走向前
多少空虚的灵魂塞在车阵里面想着午餐要吃拉面

八卦流言像病毒一样蔓延明星开着跑车到处去把妹
赚大钱就是大爷玉兰却不买没人同情卖花的阿伯

专家学者说这是中号形社会小孩肚子饿大人挥霍洒钱
速食新闻充满着看完就消化曾几何时变成粪便?

似乎每个人都走的好前面难道不曾想过要休息一会?
回家路总是红灯绿灯一点点回到家不知要到几点

就是会忘记停下来就是会睡到起不来
就是一直转台却不知道要看哪一台

生活的意义是什么我看你也说不出口
一辈子也只有盲从

希望每个人都走慢一点点不要冲过头才知道不对
简单其实很简单如果你学会就像小孩满足很随便

I really love, love, love this song. As an urban dweller myself, I can totally identify with his observations – the mundane daily routine: work, lunch, home. Everyone moves so fast in the city. Everyone is so competitive. A-yue questions: 似乎每个人都走的好前面, 难道不曾想过要休息一会?His concluding lines are very meaningful:
生活的意义是什么我看你也说不出口
一辈子也只有盲从
希望每个人都走慢一点点不要冲过头才知道不对
简单其实很简单如果你学会就像小孩满足很随便

The song makes me think of the poem, ‘Leisure’ by William Henry Davies.

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

No time to stand beneath the boughs
And stare as long as sheep or cows.

No time to see, when woods we pass,
Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

No time to see, in broad daylight,
Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

No time to turn at Beauty’s glance,
And watch her feet, how they can dance.

No time to wait till her mouth can
Enrich that smile her eyes began.

A poor life this is if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare.

What is the point of having a high-flying career, a sports car and tons of money if you do not have time for leisure? One should try to walk slowly, look at the sky, resist the pressure to conform and just live as a carefree individual…

先这样吧

片刻的瞬间天空云飘荡在不安的心头
冷战的结果过好久感觉到不祥的念头
是谁伤了心是你

走到这一步仍有一丝丝不愿意放手
妥协和放纵问题没有解决不想再多说
是谁厌倦了是我是我

在爱情里面像海角天边
这距离好遥远触碰不到最初相识的美
任凭眼泪在你脸上滑过我头也不回先这样吧

走出 黑洞 迎向 真实的自己
张震岳 先这样吧。
阿岳:我一直觉得我的情歌和别人的不一样,我也说不上来,
这张新专辑的情歌不是很多,但不失风格,而且,
我其实很多情歌都是要写给其他歌手的,
被退之后反而自己唱更适合。
先这样吧。

A-yue’s love ballads have attained an elevated level of sophistication in this album. In this song, he poignantly captures the aftermath of a failed relationship. This line is beautifully written: 在爱情里面像海角天边 这距离好遥远触碰不到最初相识的美. The irony of a romantic relationship is that the distance between the lovers is so intimately close – yet when the relationship fails, there is nothing any party can do to bridge that distance.

消失在你的世界里

我不想让你找到我
以免我
又心软原谅你再次再次
又回到原点

我不要

心连心是强词夺理
我想要
消失在你的视线里
就让我不再接你电话
电话电话都删了吧

就让我
消失在你的世界里
顺便唱着悲伤歌曲
如果你爱放纵我就放
放下去
你的爱情不是唯一
我的爱情里只有你
就让我飞出去

This song is so infectiously catchy that I have been humming it non-stop. The breezy tune is perfect for a lazy day at the beach. The lyrics reflect a more light-hearted approach to love – 消失在你的世界里 顺便唱着悲伤歌曲. This song reminds me of his very first radio-friendly hit, ‘就是喜歡你’. Just check out how young he was then! And the super embarrassing dance moves. I am very sure that A-yue wants to erase this music video from his memory!

哎唷喂呀

夜长梦多
男人的心谁能懂
尤其午夜时分
吧台上一杯杯烈酒

他总是说有空再联络
我爱的人不爱我

今天开会开到想溜走
阳明山晃晃也不错

遇到房东我也想溜走
公车总是不等我
我还能追到什么

我哀〜〜
哎唷喂呀
追不到我的梦

我哀〜〜
哎唷喂呀
谁是我的老婆

当一个男子汉必须承受
过多的失败和些许寂寞

我哀〜〜〜

牢骚话也是很多

The song continues the carefree mood of ‘消失在你的世界里’. The upbeat and energetic guitar riffs invite the listeners to sing along. A-yue displays his wit and playfulness in this song. From the male perspective, he laments about disappointments in life. These lines are humorous: 公车总是不等我, 我还能追到什么. 我哀, 哎唷喂呀, 追不到我的梦. Sometimes it is important to face failures with humour. Being too serious about every single setback will just make life unbearable. So it is ok to ‘whine’ – 我哀…哎唷喂呀… especially if you are as charming as A-yue!

上班下班

似乎快要受不了朝九晚五的生活
非得要忙到捷运上剩我一个人在做梦
谁都会做梦
只是我做的梦没有妹跟我打排球
摇头妹传播妹学生妹台妹东区妹
哪来那么多的妹妹
讲了那么多没有人是我的妹
是否认真思考当一个太监

我们的生活总是一成不变
既使没有明天无所谓
我们的生活总是一再浪费
时间还有金钱无所谓
我们的生活热狗总是再说
我的生活放荡每天
每一天只会想到晚上要去哪里喝两杯

还是有点寂寞尤其回家时候
明明吃的很多心里还是空空
电话的那一头没有人说哈啰
瞬间落寞让寂寞让寂寞
占满整个大宇宙

还是有点不懂尤其回家时候
明明吃的很多心里还是空空
电话的那一头没有人说哈啰
瞬间落寞让寂寞让寂寞
让寂寞占满整个大宇宙

怎么又想要睡明明才下午三点
翘班买杯咖啡千篇一律拿铁
学人家骑固定齿轮一不小心骨折
穷追流行别以为你什么都行
你以为你还说的到做的到
其实你看起来有一点鸟
想学冲浪又嫌起床太早
你还是不要耍帅对你比较好

我们的生活总是一成不变
既使没有明天无所谓
我们的生活总是一再浪费
时间还有金钱无所谓
我们的生活热狗总是再说
我的生活放荡每天
每一天只会想到晚上要去哪一家快炒店

还是有点寂寞尤其回家时候
明明吃的很多心里还是空空
电话的那一头没有人说哈啰
瞬间落寞让寂寞让寂寞
占满整个大宇宙

This is only rap-infused song in the album. I miss A-yue and his raps. He can be considered as one of the forefathers of Taiwanese rap in the nineties. A-yue borrowed this interesting line from MC Hotdog: 我的生活放荡每天 – which sort of aptly describes how most people are living their life. In a simple yet succinct manner, A-yue encapsulates the ‘alienated’ condition that permeates the contemporary society – 瞬间落寞让寂寞让寂寞, 占满整个大宇宙. We go to work and return home every day – this aimless and monotonous urban life amplifies the emptiness which most urban dwellers feel. Despite their hectic lifestyles in the urbanised landscape, most people are lonely. The louder the traffic, the emptier the soul.

我家门前有大海

带你到我的家乡去看一看我家对面是蔚蓝的太平洋
笔直海平线升起红红的太阳走过一回一辈子不会忘
带你到我的家乡去看一看我家后面是雪白的玉山
像是洒满了颗颗翠钻的星空住过一宿你就不想走

我的兄弟热情好友我的姑娘你别想碰
我的家乡充满爱和尊重下次再来我为你倒酒

带你到我的家乡去看一看我家对面是蔚蓝的太平洋
笔直海平线升起红红的太阳走过一回一辈子不会忘
带你到我的家乡去看一看我家后面是雪白的玉山
像是洒满了颗颗翠钻的星空住过一宿你就不想走

The song starts with soothing melody created by the harmonica. The strumming of the guitar blends well with the harmonica and drums. There is a folk-like quality in this song. A-yue sings carefreely about his hometown (Yilan?). He generously invites people to his hometown and proudly introduces its beautiful sights. His mischievous streak surfaces as he warns people to visit his hometown but not ‘touch’ his women – 我的兄弟热情好友我的姑娘你别想碰. I would love to visit A-yue’s hometown someday and see that snow-capped Yu Shan and starry starry sky…

This song is used as the theme song in this video. It is very sweet that A-yue had volunteered to teach some visually-impaired children how to surf. A-yue revealed his tender side and rather sexy legs in this video.

别哭小女孩

hai ye hai ye ya ho yi ya na ya yo
那鲁湾 na yi ya na ya yo
hai ye hai ye ya ho yi ya na ya yo
那鲁湾 na yi ya na ya yo

从哪里来可爱女孩
不说一句不时地低头
黝黑脸颊天真无邪的大眼睛
静静看我

在不远处他们的家
机胎怪手轰隆隆地响
白色布条随着风无言的抗争
家不见了

hai ye hai ye ya ho yi ya na ya yo
那鲁湾 na yi ya na ya yo
熟悉回家路何时变得残破
小女孩你别哭牵着你一起走

也许未来蓝色海洋
也许未来绿色的草原
也许未来这一切全部消失了
会怎样

One of the strength of this album is A-yue’s exploration of social issues. Through the lens of a young girl, he examines the perils of rapid urbanisation. The girl’s hometown is encroached by claws of the mercenary businessmen – 熟悉回家路何时变得残破. It is sad how the gorgeous landscapes are continually sacrificed for the construction of high rise buildings. Mankind has forgotten that these lands belong to other people and species – they are home to the girl who lives by the sea, the coconut tree who sways along the beach and the turtle who lays its eggs on the shore.

抱着你

如果明天看不见太阳
整个世界会变成怎样
在最后这一刻
让我紧紧抱你
抱着你抱着你抱着你

如果生命果真是无常
我愿坦然面对而不慌
有你在我身旁
有你给我力量
抱着你抱着你抱着你

你的眼神充满爱和光
让我不畏惧明天黑暗
烦恼忧愁悲伤
一切都不重要
抱着你抱着你抱着你
我只要抱着你抱着你抱着你

Initially, this song did not leave a big impression on me. However, after I watched the music video, I was moved by A-yue’s voice. The artistic direction of the music video is brilliant. The slow zooming out effect effectively creates a sense of tenderness that complements the song lyrics. I love how the music video starts by focusing on A-yue’s face and slowly reveals the other musicians. The simple melody and acoustic quality of the song convey the raw emotions of love and passion.

无名的情歌

静静听着时间的残响像涟漪在水面的扩大
一阵蠢蠢欲动的想像带我回到过去旧时光
我想着你毫无原因我真以为我会彻底撕毁你的记忆

就离开你我以为我会得到自由却逃离不开思念做的牢笼
在诺大的宇宙在渺小的星球多少人在对上帝乞求
可笑的是人总是错了又一再错飞蛾扑火般为爱牺牲自我
又做错了什么又做对了什么现在跟你说抱歉也不能代表什么

这样子又过了好多年似乎心中还是有个缺
就让这个伤口淌着血就当做爱过你的纪念
我想着你毫无原因我真以为我会彻底撕毁你的记忆

就离开你我以为我会得到自由(静静听着时间的的残响)
却逃离不开思念做的牢笼(像涟漪在水面的扩大)
在诺大的宇宙在渺小的星球(一阵蠢蠢欲动的想像)
多少人在对上帝乞求(带我回到过去旧时光)
可笑的是人总是错了又一再错(这样子又过了好多年)
飞蛾扑火般为爱牺牲自我(似乎心中还是有个缺)
又做错了什么又做对了什么(就让这个伤口淌着血)
现在跟你说抱歉(就当做爱过你的纪念)
也不能代表什么

It is my favourite love song in the album. A-yue can somehow find the right words to express… Fantastic phrase: 思念做的牢笼.

Just to end this lengthy post with A-yue’s sentiments about his 20 years in the music industry.

A-yue is currently having a small tour for his new album. He is heading to Singapore on 20 October 2013. The tickets are available on sale via Sistic. I feel like dying as I am unable to attend his concert =(

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深呼吸,听自己心里的声音,
唱首歌,在纷乱的世界里获得平静。
在张震岳心中有一个信念,无论走了多远、经历多少风雨,
当旅程结束,他会收拾行囊带着新作品回来见你。
每一次听见,你都会发现他还是那个独立而坚定的阿岳。
他比以前更了解这个世界,也比以前更关切这片土地,
更平静的口气里,有更宽厚温柔的肩膀。

这个创造出无数流行经典的歌手, 选择回到出发的地方, 用最纯粹的作品, 关注最深之处.
抛开虚假, 不再盲从: 回到自己, 回到音乐, 回到 张 震 岳

There is something pure about this album – the purity of music, the purity of words and the purity of a musician’s soul.

阿嶽, 感谢你陪我走过旅程…

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2 responses to “張震嶽 – 我是海雅谷慕

  • Anthony

    Wa Cool !! I searched 張震嶽 我是海雅谷慕 and ur blog came up !!
    Excellent job in reviewing the album !!
    This is the cfm one of the Best Album for the Year !!!
    Thanks so much for the concert tixs Sis!! ❤

    ~Anthony~

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