五月天 wu yue tian May Day
後青春期的诗 Hou qing chun qi de shi Poem of late youth
dang yan wu sui chen guang piao san / zhen pan de hu yi feng gan
When the mist and fog dispersed along with the morning light, the lake by the pillowy bank has dried by wind
qi dai yi tui hua cheng deng dai / er wo gao bie le tu ran
The expecting degraded to waiting, and I said farewell to the sudden
dang lei hen gou le cheng yi han / hui yi kua shi zhe shang gan
When the tear mark was sketched to regret; the memory was decorated exaggeratedly with melancholy
shi shui bi yu shi guang ren ran
The disappearing water is a metaphor of flying time
zhong yu wo men bu zai
Finally we are no longer
wei le sheng ming kuang huan / wei ai qing kuang luan
Crazily joyful for the life; wildly frantic for love
ran er qing chun bi an / sheng xia zheng zai yi tian yi tian yi tian de can lan
However, at the other shore of the youth, the summit of summer is just going to be brilliant day after day after day
ren hou ne, yi qi zou ba
And then, let’s go together
shei shuo bu neng rang wo
Who said that can’t let me
ci sheng wei yi zi zhuan / ru tong shi yi ban
write this life’s autobiography like poems
wu lun duo yuan wei lai / du lai ri ran yi zi yi ju yi pian dou can lan
No matter how far the future will be, when I read it, each word each sentence will all be splendid
ran tian kong jie shi zhe wei lan / fu yun ding yi zhe jie bai
Let the sky explain the azure blue, let the floating cloud define the pure whiteness
luo hua pu chen yi pian hong se di dian / ying jie wo men de wei lai
Spread falling flowers to a wide red carpet, and to welcome us to the future
jing cai wei wan de wei lai
The exciting unfinished future
Translated by Shu
Information about Wu yue tian 五月天 Mayday Taiwanese band:
Mayday (Chinese: 五月天; pinyin: Wǔ Yuè Tiān; Pe̍h-ōe-jī: Gō͘-goe̍h-thiⁿ), is a Taiwanese alternative rock band that was formed in the late 1990s with five members, Ashin (A Shin) (vocalist), Monster (Guai Wu/Guai Shou) and Stone (Shi Tou) (lead guitars), Masa (Ma-sha) (bass guitar) and Guan You (Guan-You) (drums).
Formerly making music under the name of So Band, they came to be known as Mayday in 1997, with the name originating from Masa’s online nickname. They have gone on to sell more than 1 million albums.
Mayday evolved from So Band which was formed by Ashin, Monster and the first drummer Qian You Da (錢佑達) in 1995 while they were studying in The Affiliated Senior High School of National Taiwan Normal University(師大附中). They were later joined by Masa and Stone, who were attending the same school. After graduation, the members went to different universities but continued perform in pubs and eateries. They were also actively involved in promoting the growing rock music trend in Taiwan. In 1997, the band registered under the moniker Mayday in order to join the Formoz Festival (野台開唱). This would become the official name of the band.
 Early years (1997–1999)
Shortly after participating in the Formoz Festival (野台開唱), the band began to actively send demo tapes to various record companies in the hope of sealing a record deal. Their demo impressed Rock Records executive Jonathan Lee (李宗盛) who described them as “the ones who would usher in the sound of the future”.
As a result, they signed their first record deal with Rock Records in 1998. In the same year, they also took part in the release of the Taiwan Independent Compilation Album 《ㄞ國歌曲》by indie music label tcm (角头音乐) which included their first studio recording Racing Car 《軋車》. In June 1998, they also released the Embrace《擁抱》 compilation album for which they took on most of the songwriting, production and recording duties.
In 1999, Guan You became the band’s fourth drummer and they went on to release their first full-length studio album 《五月天第一張創作專輯》under Rock Records on July 7, 1999. Their debut received critical acclaim and gained a following among the Taiwanese. It went on to move more than 300,000 copies, a considerable feat for a new band in the then pessimistic and saturated music industry. They were also nominated for the 11th Golden Melody Awards under the category of Best Band (十一届金曲獎最佳樂團獎). The tracks “Peter and Mary” 「志明與春嬌」and “Embrace” 「擁抱」 also caught on among the youth, and became the top songs in the KTV list. “Peter and Mary” was one of the top ten songs of the year according to the The Association of Music Workers in Taiwan (中華音樂人交流協會). In fact, “Peter and Mary” has been acknowledged by Mayday’s Ashin as the “song that brought them from the north of Taiwan to the south, allowing everyone to recognize Mayday.” On the 28th of August, they held their first large-scale performance called 168 Performances 「第168場演唱會」, cementing their position as one of the rising bands in Taiwan.
 Viva Love and People Life, Ocean Wild (1999–2001)
The band’s second album Viva Love 《愛情萬歲》was released 7 July 2000. Sales of Viva Love exceeded their previous album, shifting more than 350,000 copies. Additionally, Viva Love won them the “Best Band” award at the 12th Golden Melody Awards (十二屆金曲獎最佳樂團獎). Mayday also held a series of concerts called Hundred Thousand Youths Standing Up (「十萬青年站出來」巡迴演唱會) in Taipei City, Zhang Hua and Gaohsiung City. The concerts were famous for having the most concert-goers in 2000.
In 2001, Mayday worked for the first time, on a movie soundtrack and accompanying score for the movie Migratory Bird 《候鳥》which starred Rene Liu and Huang Pin Yuan. Two months later, Mayday released their third album People Life Ocean Wild 《人生海海》, sales of which hit more than 35,000 copies after just a month.
 Temporary hiatus (2001–2003)
In view of Masa’s impending military call up, Mayday decided to take a temporary hiatus at the height of their popularity. This led to their farewell concerts titled Where Are You Going? 「你要去哪裡」from 18 August 2001 to 1 September 2001. Tuo La Ku and Japanese rock band Glay were special guests at the concert. Memorably for many fans, guitarist Stone chose the occasion to propose to his girlfriend and the proposal song was also included in the live concert album. In November 2001, the members temporarily disbanded with Masa going into the military, Stone heading to England to learn production techniques and Guan You to Los Angeles in order to hone his drumming skills. Meanwhile, Monster and Ashin remained in Taiwan with Rock Records, taking up recording and production duties for other label mates.
 Return to the music scene (2004)
During their hiatus, Mayday released the autobiographical documentary titled The Wings of Dream 《搖滾本事》, with ticket sales hitting more than NT1.2 million in barely three days. They also released an accompanying soundtrack.
After Masa’s official release from the military, the band regrouped and made a return to the music industry. To mark the event, Mayday held their City of the Sky 「天空之城」 concert on the 16th of August 2004 at the Taipei Stadium (台北市立體育場舉辦). The concert attracted nearly 40,000 fans which broke the record for most concert-goers at a concert, a record previously held by Michael Jackson.
On the 11th of November 2003, the band also released their 4th studio album Time Machine 《時光機》. Sales of the album hit more than 15,000 within two days, with Mayday seeing no decline in their popularity despite their hiatus. The Time Machine also won Mayday their second “Best Band” award at the 15th Golden Melody Awards.
In the summer of 2004, Mayday also participated in the making of an accompanying soundtrack for the movie 《五月之戀》in which they also presented new arrangements of some of their old songs. Guitarist Stone also had a supporting role in the movie.
5 November 2004 saw the release of their critically acclaimed 5th studio album God’s Children Are All Dancing/Flying Angels With A Falling Soul 《神的孩子都在跳舞》. This album used the simultaneous recording technique to create the distinctive “band” sound of their past albums and was specially recorded in Kawaguchi-to, Japan. In 2005, they also released a best of compilation album Just My Pride 《知足最真傑作選》，which included six new songs and favourites culled from previous albums.
 Final Home World Tour (2004–2006)
Near the end of 2004, Mayday embarked on an ambitious worldwide series of concerts called Final Home – When We Are All Together「Final Home 當我們混在一起」. This took them round the world to America, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Japan. The concerts lasted for six months until early 2006. A compilation of live performances from those concerts were released in a DVD-CD format and simply titled 《Final Home》.
Not content with performing on the ground, Mayday also took to the top of the Taiwan 101 building to perform. Called the Nearest to the Sky Concert「史上最接近天空演唱會」 (or Our Heads Reaching the Sky Concert「頭頂天空演唱會」), Mayday performed at a height of nearly 390.6 metres from the ground.
 Born to Love and Poetry of the Day After (2006–2008)
Born to Love 《為愛而生》was released on the 29th of December 2006, with Mayday organising an autograph session lasting ten hours that became the first in 2007. In conjunction with their new album and sponsored by Le Tea, they also held Born to Love 《五月天 le power 天使，為愛而生新歌演唱會》 concerts around Taiwan. Tickets to these concerts were packaged within the first edition of the Born to Love albums, and fans formed lines overnight in order to get their hands on the actual tickets that allowed them entrance into the concerts. Mayday played a total of 12 concerts, and the best performances are compiled into a DVD that was packaged with the third edition of the Born to Love album.
The year 2007 also saw the release of Jump! (Leaving the Surface of the Earth) 《離開地球表面》, which included several new songs, live performances from the concert tour of the same name and the promotional tune Going Crazy 《抓狂》 for the video-game Halo 3. Included also is a duet with singer Cheer Chen, Elope to the Moon《私奔到月球》. As an additional leg of the Jump!, Mayday concluded the world tour with four Returning to the Surface of the Earth 《回到地球表面》 concerts.
Not to be outdone by the previous year, Mayday held a concert《突然很想見到你》on January 1, 2008 that lasted from 1:00 AM to around 6:00 AM. Mayday’s new studio album, Poetry of the Day After 《後青春期的詩》 was released on October 23, 2008. Like Born to Love, the new album had tickets packaged with it. The two “Concert” versions include a ticket for the In the Sky of 100000 You & Mayday concerts to be held at Chung Shan Soccer Stadium, while the “Campus” version includes a ticket for one of the campus concerts that were held around Taiwan.
 DNA World Tour (2009)
On March 19, 2009, Mayday announced their new World Tour DNA Mayday “Creates” Concert《DNA 五月天「創造」演唱會》, which commenced in Hong Kong on May 20, 2009. For the tour, Mayday released two songs, DNA and Unbridled《放肆》. They cooperated with transnational teams for the world tour and added Australia as their tour stop for the first time. A concert called A.N.D – Mayday and Friends was held ten days later that included several bands from Taiwan, such as Tizzy Bac, 1976, and The Chairman, etc. to celebrate Mayday’s tenth anniversary since Ming joined the band.
Nominations for the 20th Golden Melody Awards were announced on May 15, 2009, which included You are Not Truly Happy 《你不是真正的快樂》 for Best Song, Ashin for Best Lyricist for the songs The Yet Unbroken Part of My Heart 《我心中尚未崩壞的地方》and Like Smoke《如煙》, as well as, Mayday for Best Band. The band attended the ceremony held on June 27, 2009 and returned with their third Golden Melody Award for Best Band.
The concert stop with the most attention, the Taipei DNA stop set for September 26 and 27, 2009 sold out within a day. Two days later, the band added a third day, September 25. With that day sold out within three hours as well, a fourth was added for September 24. This would break Mayday’s own record of having three consecutive concerts at Taipei Arena during their last world tour. Furthermore, Mayday’s concerts at Taipei Arena would be the first to end with power shutdowns that kept Mayday from continuing to perform encores, as they were already paying heavy fines for performing after 11 PM at the venue. On the last day, the 27th, fans continued to encore around 25 minutes after the shutdown until Ashin sang a last song backstage and asked the fans to finally leave the venue.
At the Taipei concerts, the Kaohsiung concert stop was announced. It was held on December 5, 2009 at 龍騰體育場, also known as the stadium at which Kaohsiung held the World Games, which would allow Mayday to hold a “55555 people” concert. It will be the first EXPO concert for Mayday, as well as the first concert held at the stadium.
On March 29, Mayday announced the upcoming fall release of their 3D film, 3DNA.
 Musical style and influences
Mayday’s songs are written mostly in Mandarin with some Taiwanese Hokkien tracks by Ashin, who speaks fluent Hokkien in addition to Mandarin. They are popular for their student band roots, and their ability in capturing the zeitgeist of Taiwanese youth in the mid to late 1990s. They are often cited as one of the pioneers of rock music in Taiwan.
Mayday’s early style of music was characterised by raw music production that tended towards Hokkien garage rock tunes. They were also vocal advocates on the issue of gay rights, with several songs making oblique references to the issue. As they gained popularity however, the band gradually shed its hard-edged sound and moved towards slicker production and sprawling anthemic songs.
Earlier lyrics written by Ashin centred around themes of teenage angst and growing up. However, in recent albums, Ashin has alluded to several cultural icons notably the Chinese mythical monkey-god Sun Wu-Kong, Mickey Mouse, Superman, Neil Armstrong and Che Guevara. Ashin has also cited movies and novels as inspiration for his songs including “Viva Love” (愛情萬歲) which was inspired by avant-garde Taiwanese director Tsai Ming Liang’s 1994 movie, Vive L’Amour and the song “Armour” (武装) which was influenced by a Chinese drama 《孽子》and Haruki Murakami’s novel, Kafka On the Shore.
Mayday has made no secret of its admiration of the Beatles whom they cite as influencing their ideals of rock music. The eighth track of their fifth album has a track called John Lennon (約翰藍儂) where the band espouses its dreams to become the “Beatles of the Chinese World” (華人世界的披頭四). Other diverse musical influences include the Irish band U2, the British band Oasis, the Japanese pop music artists Mr. Children, Sting as well as the Taiwanese rocker Wu Bai and China Blue.
This article comes from: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayday_%28Taiwanese_band%29
Quotes about youth:
I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.
George Washington, as a boy, was ignorant of the commonest accomplishments of youth. He could not even lie.
A man loves the meat in his youth that he cannot endure in his age.
The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.
Passion rebuilds the world for the youth. It makes all things alive and significant.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
The search after the great men is the dream of youth, and the most serious occupation of manhood.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Probably the happiest period in life most frequently is in middle age, when the eager passions of youth are cooled, and the infirmities of age not yet begun; as we see that the shadows, which are at morning and evening so large, almost entirely disappear at midday.
Good habits formed at youth make all the difference.
Youth is easily deceived because it is quick to hope.
Bashfulness is an ornament to youth, but a reproach to old age.
The youth gets together his materials to build a bridge to the moon, or, perchance, a palace or temple on the earth, and, at length, the middle-aged man concludes to build a woodshed with them.
Henry David Thoreau
He who is of calm and happy nature will hardly feel the pressure of age, but to him who is of an opposite disposition youth and age are equally a burden.
The duty of youth is to challenge corruption.
It is not possible for civilization to flow backwards while there is youth in the world. Youth may be headstrong, but it will advance it allotted length.
I go to school the youth to learn the future.
If youth knew; if age could.
Youth has no age.
An author ought to write for the youth of his own generation, the critics of the next, and the schoolmaster of ever afterwards.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Genius goes around the world in its youth incessantly apologizing for having large feet. What wonder that later in life it should be inclined to raise those feet too swiftly to fools and bores.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
Everybody’s youth is a dream, a form of chemical madness.
F. Scott Fitzgerald
These quotes come from: