The Moon Represents My Heart - A Tribute to Teresa Teng

On my recent tour to China I was asked to include Chinese tunes in the program. I didn't know what to expect. How would the music sound, how would the audience like it? As I played these tunes there was one, that started embedding itself in my mind. I am used to having music in my head all the time. These tunes come and go, some stay longer, but this one kept haunting me. It pretty much became the 'film score' to my entire China tour.

'The Moon Represents My Heart' is a pop tune written in the 70s that hit the nerve of a new generation in China in the early 80s. It was a time, when music was still controlled by the government, and consisted mostly of revolutionary songs. Any public expression of emotions was a new and liberating experience. Taiwanese pop singer Teresa Teng's rendition of 'The Moon Represents My Heart' became a sensation flooding mainland China within months. In a pre-Twitter world that is the equivalent of an overnight success.

Teresa Teng was born in Taiwan to mainland Chinese parents. Her father was a soldier in the Chinese army. Her amazing voice was discovered early on, and she was soon offered recording contracts, which propelled her rise to fame. During the 1989 Tiananmen student protest she contributed to a concert in support of the students in Paris, a concert attended by 300,000 people.

Polydor Records album cover                                                   

Polydor Records album cover                                                   

Poster for 'The Moon represents my Heart'

Poster for 'The Moon represents my Heart'

Her highly guarded personal life included several relationships including a rumored affair with actor Jackie Chan. The world was in shock, when the news hit, that Teresa had died of an sudden severe asthma attack at the age of 42. Teresa Teng was buried in a mountainside tomb in New Taipei City overlooking the north coast of Taiwan. The grave site features a statue of Teng and a large electronic piano keyboard set in the ground that can be played by visitors who step on the keys. 

Keyboard at the gravesite of Teresa Teng

Keyboard at the gravesite of Teresa Teng

I love your story, Teresa. You are such an inspiration - Thank you!

China Tour 2015: Food

Since my arrival here for my China 2015 tour I have been able to sample an incredible array of foods all with an amazing variety of flavors, textures, and colors. I cannot believe how easy it was to simply start eating only Chinese food! Chopsticks are of course the way to go and I am enjoying it immensely to eat things that I've never seen, let alone tasted before! Since I am not able to post flavors I can at least post some images, even though it only re-creates about a tenth of the amazing culinary experiences here in Shanghai and all around Southern China. 

 

Shrimp In a tasty and spicy sauce. Small shrimp are eaten here with shell, these larger ones must be peeled. 

Shrimp In a tasty and spicy sauce. Small shrimp are eaten here with shell, these larger ones must be peeled. 

Many dinners are presented on a glass 'lazy susan'. 

A typical dinner setting with constant temptations floating by. The host does the spinning and keeps encouraging to sample dishes. 

A typical dinner setting with constant temptations floating by. The host does the spinning and keeps encouraging to sample dishes. 

This one is for the adventurous gourmand.

Fish Stomach in jelly - yummy! A gentle flavor offset by chives and spicy peppers. 

Fish Stomach in jelly - yummy! A gentle flavor offset by chives and spicy peppers. 

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Looking at China from Lincoln Center

I'm getting ready for my 10 stop concert tour to China! Here's a short video in one of the major centers of Western classical music - Lincoln Center - looking ahead to the major Eastern centers of classical music.

I wonder how the great cultural centers of China will look especially since my tour includes two of the largest cities in the world: Beijing and Shanghai. Looking forward to sharing music there, and I particularly can't wait to show you the city skylines! I'm sure they're also inspiring like New York shown here from Lincoln Center.

CONCERT TOUR

  • May 7 - Rui'an
  • May 8 - Wenzhou
  • May 9 - Yuyao
  • May 10 - Shanghai
  • May 12 - Hangzhou
  • May 13 - Ningbo
  • May 14 - Cixi
  • May 15 -Jiaxing

GUEST ARTIST IN RESIDENCE at Guangdong Ocean University, Zhanjiang

  • May 19 - Zhongge Arts School Guest Artist Master Classes and Recital, Zhanjiang
  • May 20 - Zhongge Arts School Guest Artist Master Classes and Recital, Zhanjiang
  • May 21 - Zhongge Arts School Guest Artist Master Classes, Zhanjiang