Time flies. There are less than four weeks before my graduation. Every party will come to an end. Sadly, that feeling is becoming more and more real, growing day by day.
I’ve composed a list of 25 songs that are sentimental for this occasion. They are my favorite farewell songs that will capture this moment perfectly, for the following reasons: 1) They are popular and well-known. I can easily include many indie songs that are haunting and beautiful, such as Michael Andrew’s Mad World, from Donnie Darko soundtrack, but it would defeat the purpose if few people have heard about it. 2) Either the title or the lyrics are fitting for farewell. 3) I can perform the vocal part (otherwise it would be way too easy to compose a list like this). 4) They’re mostly English songs. I can come up with an all-Chinese song list for the same topic as well, but I’ll leave that for another day. The only exception is Kiss Me Good Bye by Tat Ming Pair from Hong Kong. They are just too good not to be included on this list.
1. La Mer by Julio Iglesias
Whoever came up with the idea of putting this music in the ending scene of “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy” (2011) is a pure genius. This British movie is bar none THE best movie that I’ve watched in 2011. Talking about a good party that’s coming to an end, no other song can capture the essence of that moment more vividly than this one. A friend of mine was so mesmerized by this impossibly beautiful and subtle ending that he made a hilarious parody of the sequence, which I choose not to share here after due consideration.
2. It Must Have Been Love, Roxette
Great song that goes with one of the most well-known movie endings of all-time. I didn’t know I would like Roxette’s music so much and missed their concert in Singapore in 1995. What a shame.
3. Never Say Good Bye, Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi has many better songs, but this one nails the theme of good-bye. It’s kinda cheesy and high-school even by Bon Jovi standard, but we still like it. In my first college year, Bon Jovi’s Always came out and just took over all the airwaves in Singapore. I knew this was a favorite song for a friend of mine, so when he walked up to a jukebox machine in a bar to play a song in an attempt to thrill us, I correctly called it before the music started playing. He was so impressed.
4. Wind of Change, Scorpions
1989, a key moment in history was forever immortalized by this song. Sweeping changes, future uncertainties, children’s dreams, are all captured perfectly. In 1996 at a KTV bar in Singapore, I performed this song for the first time. A friend, who usually was very sarcastic to me, turned around to me and said, this is the best song I’ve heard from you.
5. Time of My Life (Dirty Dancing)
OK, I have to admit – I’ve watched this ending scene for probably no less than 100 times. When I grew up in Wuhan, China, there was no official channel to watch foreign movies but through private TV channel set up by universities, where my dad and mom were. I recorded this movie and was mesmerized by Patrick Swayze’s dance moves. I would always fantasize I could do this dance myself one day. If not the dance part, at least the song part.
(to be continued)