So every time this song starts I think it’s a song by Darius Rucker or some other country music star. Maybe it’s the guitar/piano combo. Close your eyes and pretend you heard this from far enough away that you couldn’t tell it’s Chinese. Not NOT country, right?
And I’ll let you in on a little secret: I listen to country music. And I love some country songs and artists.
DON’T TELL ANYBODY.
Not really the modern pop-country, the “might as well be rock but I have a truck and wear boots” country. That’s not what I think of when I hear country. The older storytelling, home-and-hearth and lost-love Garth Brooks, Dan Seals, Dixie Chicks, Don Williams, Keith Whitley, Reba McIntyre, George Strait-type country. Like “mostly before Billy Ray Cyrus” country.
And this song crosses over stylistically between those songs of my home and family and my roots with the songs of my studied culture, and I really enjoy that one of his songs can sound like one from my home.
(And, although helpful most times, sometimes translations are even less helpful than trying to do it myself. I was going to explore the lyrics of this song, maybe learn a little more about this song but phhht. I need to learn Cantonese myself.)