Wednesday, 17 August 2011

Bearded and suave Zhang Fei 张菲 sings “My Cup Runneth Over”

   Zhang Fei likes to wear a hat 
  and is always well-dressed

It is time we bask ourselves to soothing music and sweet song once again. The Bard (Poet) of Avon William Shakespeare once wrote: If music were to be fruit of life, play on…………... On this post we have the middle-aged and bearded, yet handsome and suave, Zhang Fei张菲of Taiwan to sing to us the 60s unforgettable romantic ballade “My Cup Runneth Over” for our listening pleasure. This is the URL of the youtube for this video clip:

Here at this video clip we watch an elegant Zhang Fei with his well trimmed beard in his satin white tuxedo with swallow tailed suit delivered the song immensely filled with elements of romance, and with relative ease and comfort, keeping the audience in awe and totally immersed with the joy whilst enjoying a ballade he sang. His impeccable performance was played to a packed audience in an outdoor concert with full accompaniment of an orchestra.
                             The perfect pair when they
                        co-hosted their popular TV shows
                  An embarrassed Jiang Hui was hugged by amorous Zhang Fei
Zhang Fei possessed a natural flair to enthrall his audience and fans with his on off screen ethics that were filled with sardonic wits and laughter inducing candour. His main concerned aim had been total devotion to absolute entertainment. He was always presenting his best show to fun loving Taiwanese fans of all ages.  In his younger days he passionately pursued Western Pop music and songs in a band he formed with some buddies, in which he mastered and played the saxophone. To the world of entertainment in Asia, Zhang Fei has been known as a movie actor (’83-‘88), singer, musician, comedian, TV personality and eventually a very successful TV host with a decorated past. So far he had only released two collections of Western Ballades to some success but that was enough to prove his worth in his speciality. They were ‘When I fall in love’ released in 2004, and ‘Romance’ released in 2005.

                            CD release 'Romance' cover    
A divorced man, Zhang Fei has two children (both boys) with his ex-wife, a Korean lady. He had never being lonely all this while as he was always romantically linked with many TV artistes and actresses, but Zhang Fei has been careful enough not to let his private life gained too much attention and exposure from the media for scandals. He had recently professed his admiration and love for evergreen and charming songster Jiang Hui 江蕙 as they have been close friends for the past twenty years. Zhang Fei was seen on TV when he went down on his knees to declare his feeling to a bashful Jiang Hui. The audience was pleasantly surprised but that farce frozen out to the amusement of everybody soon. They thought this was another exuberant display of Chang Fei in jest for his TV act.

                              The singer artiste turned
                         Buddhist Nun Rev Hern Xu恆述法師
Born to a Taipei family with siblings all involved in the entertainment circle; Zhang Fei is no.2 as the older brother to well established Mandarin singer Fei Yi Ching (Qing)費玉清. The later has been known as a famed singer who sings at a higher pitch with his head tilted upwards when performing. Chang Fei is more a tenor-baritone as compared to his brother.
                      Both have enjoyed a wide scope of
                            fan support over the years

The two brothers have been close as they co-hosted some TV talk shows interviewing young, aspiring singers as well as those experienced ones. In their stage acts at TV studios, their conversations were always laced with salacious and frivolous connotations that make female artistes flushed with red cheeks, thus creating an atmosphere of hilarious effect. The eldest of them all is Fei Qern Lin費貞綾, their sister who is a former TV celebrity but has since devoted her life to Buddhist faith; she is now a nun with the moniker Rev Hern Xu 恆述法師. They were very filial pious to their mother who passed away in July 2010 at the age of 85. Their father Zhang Wu Yee 張舞曦 at 92 years old is currently staying with Zhang Fei. Senior Zhang was a national tennis player for Taiwan during his hey days. Both Sr Zhang and his wife were civil servants before they retired. He was elected role father model of Taiwan in August 2009.

                  Proud father and grateful son celebrated
                     older man's Role Father Model 2009

The soothing, gentle and melodious number “My cup runneth over” was first sung during the 60s by Ed Ames, and was an instant hit as it climbed quickly to top of the radio charts. It was also made further popular by Perry Como, and even by The Ray Conniff Singers.

                        Happy siblings and their mother 
Listen to this song “My cup runneth over” intensely and I am sure that you will be delighted to present this song to your parents and older friends and folks, if they were young enthusiastic listeners of pop songs in the 60s and 70s. This will definitely bring in good times to them when they reminisce their romances in their early years when they were courting each other. Take it from me; you shall love this immaculate rendition of sweet voice and music from Zhang Fei.

                      Suave and handsome Zhang Fei
                      with his trademark Sunglasses

Alan CY Kok

The Lyrics for My Cup Runneth Over

Sometimes in the mornin' when shadows are deep
I lie here beside you just watching you sleep
And sometimes I whisper what I'm thinking of
My cup runneth over with love

Sometimes in the evening when you do not see
I study the small things you do constantly
I memorize moments that I'm fondest of
My cup runneth over with love

In only a moment we both will be old
We won't even notice the world turning cold
And so, in these moments with sunlight above
My cup runneth over with love
My cup runneth over with love
With love

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