Holiday / 好乐Day by Wang Rong / 王蓉
when I first heard the song and saw the video, I couldn’t decide if she was a) pandering to the audience and therefore selling out or b) making a statement with her panty-flashing (“I don’t care about what’s considered morally upright and good - or anything, really!”). but these two things don’t have to be exclusive. Wang Rong does both: while wearing Playboy Bunny-esque ears - exemplifying the notion that she’s pandering - she smiles at the viewer and lifts up her skirt. in other scenes, she’s dancing in bright summer clothes, singing, “no work no learn / love 谁谁 / crazy crazy ok ok” before flashing her panties (again).
speaking of the lyrics, they consist entirely of Chinese mixed with Chinglish phrases, which carry a silly connotation. Wang Rong says about the song: “nowadays there are a lot of office workers who are busy every day with work and life, facing a lot of pressure from their work and home. I hope when everyone listens to this song that they can truly achieve relaxation…even if they don’t have time to take a vacation. they can still sing songs and listen to music to unwind; they don’t need to think much about anything else.” this isn’t a song to be taken seriously. she wants the audience to have a little fun, to not have to care about stuffy suits and salaries. sure, the song and the video are crass, especially compared to an emotionally sensitive song like "Father and Mother", and once you realize that she’s in her mid-forties, it all seems a little ridiculous, like she’s trying too hard to be a twenty-something again. but Wang Rong knows what she’s doing.
(as a case in point, here’s her acoustic version of the song where she shows that she’s aware of her age and can be classy if she wants to.)