The song The Moon Represents My Heart (月亮代表我的心) by late Taiwanese songbird Teresa Teng has been covered by hundreds of singers but the latest rendition by rock icon Jon Bon Jovi is definitely one worth plugging in your headphones for.
53-year-old lead singer of Bon Jovi released his cover of Teresa Teng’s enduring classic on YouTube and was brave enough to sing the entire song in Mandarin. Gulp!
The video of him recording the beloved karaoke hit in a studio was his ‘gift’ for his Chinese fans for the Chinese Valentine’s Day (Qixi Festival) as well as a well-timed promotional video for his Bon Jovi Live! tour before his China stop in September. Other tour stops include Macau, Taiwan, Singapore and Malaysia.
“Jon put a lot of thought on choosing the right song for his Chinese fans. Taking into consideration his appreciation for Chinese tradition, Jon decided to choose the cherished and widely popular song The Moon Represents My Heart, a heart-warming classic for Chinese fans as a gift on Chinese Valentine’s Day,” reads a statement on his website.
So how did he do. The rocker clearly has some room for improvement as far as diction is concerned but we were impressed by his sincerity and attempt to have a go at the ballad in his hoarse rock voice. It is not everyday you get to hear him croon in Mandarin so we were half expecting him to break into metal screams or go an octave higher, but no such luck.