This is the first Chinese song I ever wrote and recorded. It’s not the first one I technically “wrote” because that one I sang only to my pet fish. I told my Chinese teacher the lyrics to the fish song and he laughed good-naturedly as said it reminded him of a children’s song.
And that really hits the nail on the head. You’ve got to crawl before you can walk. Then you must walk before you run. Everything happens one foot in front of the other. My first Chinese song was simple and silly – inspired by the pet fish I loved so much. I was like a little kid putting new words I learned together and seeing what worked.
“Happy New Year” is my second Chinese Song that I wrote to celebrate Chinese New Year. At the time I wrote this song and recorded the video, I was still living in New York and I had no idea I would ever live in China and get the opportunity to celebrate the holiday in Beijing!
Celebrating New Year in Beijing was so exciting, and the experience deserves its own blog to do it justice. In the meantime, I really hope you enjoy listening to this song!