Amidst all the gossip within the chinese music industry, Gary seems to be the most popular target and has previously been labelled by the media as the resident bad boy, especially due to his brawl with friend Justin Lo a few years back, and also with his drunken outburst at the riverside bar and café earlier this year. But Gary has been my idol since I first started listening to chinese music 7 years ago, and I’m not about to give up on him just yet. Throughout the ups and downs, I applaud Gary for his honesty throughout the years.
After the infamous brawl, Gary did not shy away from it, but instead took the situation head on and explained himself in a press conference almost immediately after it hit the news. Gary has always had an honest relationship with his fans as I see it, and has always been the first one to apologise when he knows he is in the wrong.
One of my favourite quotes from his song <your song>(你的歌) sums up how honest he is nicely: “别对我有太多的期望，但也不要低谷我” Translating to “don’t have too many expectations for me,but also don’t look down on me”, and his sensitive honesty has won him many a fan in the years past.
Chaw even reflects his honesty through his music 100%; although some albums may have been better than others, I appreciate and can feel the heart and soul that he put into each of his songs, with earnestness and the pure intention of making others happy. I can never say that I’ve ever heard a song by him that didn’t touch me in one way or another; they don’t call him <悲歌王 > for nothing. Each of his songs is an honest, unabashed reflection and collection of his life stories; each one of them full of purely human emotion. Gary reminds his fans that he is human just like everyone else and he does this through his music too, reflecting on crippling loneliness, sadness, love and life all with his ability to reflect on the human psyche.
His honesty influences my life everyday, in every single way. Because of him, I learnt to be honest not only with others, but with myself. I learnt to face situations head-on when I would have otherwise cowered and ran from it. Despite his bad habits, Gary is still the artist who inspires me most of all; his stories, his music and his words have given me so much encouragement and strength in my daily endeavours. Gary may have his demons, those past and present, but I believe it is his attitude pertaining to honesty which has got him this far and will continue to be the foundation of his success in the future.