I'm trying to come up with interesting subjects for the mp3 blogs. This is the first in a series on Chinese musical divas, I'm also thinking about one on minority music, and am willing to take suggestions on other topics. When I mentioned that I was going to write about Na Ying, I got criticized by multiple friends for using such "old" music that is no longer popular. Really? I would be shocked if people, even people in my age group, no longer listened to and appreciated Na Ying's music. For those who enjoy the mp3 posts that I've done, I'm very curious, what are you interested in hearing? I'm trying to figure out if this should be posting on the latest music (and I do intend on putting up newer music) or if you're more into finding out about the "classics" of Chinese music, so please leave comments or send emails.
Okay, on to Na Ying. She is originally from Shenyang (yeah!) and is ethnically Manchurian (double yeah!). This diva is now 40 years old, though she's aged very gracefully. She hasn't released a new album since 2002, but much of that is due to the pain she has been through in her personal life (though that pain is rumored to have inspired those albums in 2002). The star had what seemed like a storybook relationship with Gao Feng, a former Chinese soccer star, sort of the China version of Posh and Becks, if Posh was 10 times more popular and if people started referring to Becks as Mr. Posh Spice. Anyways, she kicked the cheating bastard to the curb and is getting things together (here's the news about her on sina (sorry, only in Chinese)). Alright, here's the music:
那英 － 梦一场 : Na Ying - Dreaming & 那英 － 梦醒了： Na Ying - Waking Up From A Dream
These two songs are kind of like part 1 and 2, both come from the album "Conquer" (征服）and are 2 of my favorite songs of all time.
那英 － 一笑而过 ： Na Ying - Passing Smile
Another one of her great ballad songs...
那英 － 一切都变了 ： Na Ying - Everything's Changed
This is a song that comes out of her last album in 2002, representing much of what she was going through at the time.
那英 － 象我这样的情人 ： Na Ying - A Lover Like
那英 － 相见不如怀念 ： Na Ying - Missing You is Better Than Meeting You
Here are two songs that show she isn't just about pure ballads. I'm pretty sure the second is from a movie soundtrack, though can't remember which one...
Alright, so that's Na Ying for you. If it peaks your interest, I would either purchase a "Greatest Hits" album or go with "Conquer," a great album from start to finish that truly defines her style. And as usual, a bonus video: