Song Spotlight: “The Spring Breeze Kisses My Face (春风吻上我的脸)”

Chinese style lanterns against a red decorative background. Song spotlights label reads, "Lunar New Year"
  • Mood: Lively, Happy 
  • Themes: Lunar New Year, Spring, Chinese Pop
  • Tempo: Moderate, Danceable
  • Genre/Style: Chinese music, Lunar New Year music

The Lunar New Year is one of the most important holidays celebrated among Asian communities. Lunar New Year is known by different names across different cultures and communities around the world. The Chinese Lunar New Year, also known as the Spring Festival, celebrates the coming of a new year as well as the arrival of the spring season. 

“春风吻上我的脸” (The Spring Breeze Kisses My Face) is a 1956 song written by Chen Die Yi and sung by Yao Li, one of the Seven Great Singing Stars of Shanghai in the 1940s. This song describes the singer’s love and longing for spring. It also tells of the feeling of one’s heart being touched by the gentle breeze of spring. This song is often played during the spring season and Lunar New Year. 

Here are some of the lyrics in Chinese: 





Here is a translation of the song lyrics:

The spring breeze kissed my face. 

Telling me now it is spring. 

Spring flowers compete in splendor everywhere. 

Don’t let those blossoms wither year after year. 

This is a great song to use in a 1:1 setting or group and would go well with a collection of songs that explore the themes of springtime or Lunar New Year. It is a great opportunity for movement to music, or can be used as a transition into discussion.

Try This:

Theme: This song would fit well into a Chinese Pop Music or Lunar New Year theme. Other songs that fit well with this song include “He Xin Nian,” “Dance of the Golden Snake,” and “Spring Flowers.”   

Invite listeners to reminisce about springtime activities. Talk about the different flowers that bloom in spring.   

Movement: Invite listeners to come up with their own dance moves to this song. 

Play Instruments Hand out small percussion instruments for listeners to play along to this song. 

Have a discussion about the best places to enjoy spring flowers in their area. 

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