Ever since I heard a tiny little sample of this song when Eli sang it after winning 最佳新人 at the Golden Melody’s, I’ve been completely hooked.
I’m always on the lookout for 創作歌手， and I wish I’d discovered him sooner. Apparently he PK-ed with 林宥嘉 in a singing competition when he was 13. Now here he is, all grown up, winning Best Newcomer and writing so much beauty into one song.
This song is perfect in so many ways: perfectly acoustic, perfectly lyrical and perfectly narrated.
你很健忘 沒你在旁 哪裡來的力量
One of the things I love about the Chinese music scene is the emotive and poetic storytelling greatly enabled by thoughtful use of the Chinese language.
Strangely stressed sentences is one of the staples of the music scene, particularly since Jay Chou’s method of rapping stripped the ballad of its strict stresses for good.
Eli does this in perfect complement to his guitar, and as a way to highlight the quiet and complex emotion of the song itself.
長到我 怎麼樣 都追不上
沒有你 我永遠 都追不上
This song works in the sunshine and in the rain, on the street and in a corner at home.
More important that what the song is saying (although it’s pretty good), is how Eli is telling it to himself, his desired listener, and us.