The Fading Star

Saturday, May 17, 2014

Inside my yearning heart, there’s a longing gradually soaking for you. Even tonight, it becomes that rain and makes me cry again. Whenever I look back to our beautiful past days, I wonder if the love of my heart might come back to me again.” –Travel Sketch, The Star is Fading [translated lyrics]

First album cover by Travel Sketch - source: www.maniadb.com


Aktris panggung teater musikal, Cha Ji Yeon, hadir sebagai penampil untuk pertama kalinya dalam program acara musik “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend” pada episode 59. Episode tersebut merupakan bagian pertama dari edisi spesial “K-Pop Top 10 Summer Hits”, yang mengudara pada tanggal 11 Agustus 2012 di stasiun televisi KBS dan pada tanggal 21 Juli 2012 di channel KBS World. Dalam episode itu Cha Ji Yeon terpilih untuk tampil sebagai urutan kedua berdasarkan hasil undian. Ia tampil membawakan lagu bertajuk “The Star is Fading”, atau yang dikenal juga dengan judul “Falling Star”, “Stars are Falling Down”, dan “A Star Goes Down”. Lagu yang dipopulerkan oleh grup Travel Sketch pada tahun 1989 ini merupakan lagu akustik yang dilatarbelakangi dengan bunyi-bunyian alam, seperti suara jangkrik, katak, dan gonggongan anjing.
“The Star is Fading” is a sad love song about someone who feels a deep longing for the one they love, the one person who’s already left them. That person is referred as a star, our beloved one. “Yesterday, when the stars faded, my heart sank and wavered. But stars are just a star, that was what everybody told me. Today, another star is falling, one beautiful star of mine. When a star goes down, even the sky would be sad, that’s why it keeps raining now.” When that beautiful star is fading, even the sky feels sad so that it’s raining. When that person goes away, tears are falling just like the rain. “Inside my yearning heart, there’s a longing gradually soaking for you. Even tonight, it becomes that rain and makes me cry again.” As the day goes by and the night comes, that familiar painful longing comes as well. As the star fades and the night gets darker, these familiar hurtful tears fall again. All that remain are memories to be reminisced. And as we think about those beautiful memories in our vague past days, there’s always a hope deep inside our heart, that our beloved person would come back again, someday, somehow, some way. But tonight, there’s nothing but these familiar sadness and darkness. And people like us, who were trapped in longing and vague memories. “Whenever I look back to our beautiful past days, I wonder if the love of my heart might come back to me again. But as my dream disappears, only this sadness is getting deeper. As my star disappears, only this darkness is getting darker.”

Cha Ji Yeon ketika membawakan lagu "The Star is Fading" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" episode 59 - source: www.youtube.com


Travel Sketch merilis lagu “The Star is Fading” dengan aransemen yang tidak lazim pada waktu itu, yaitu dengan menyatukan suara-suara alam sebagai latar belakangnya. Namun lagu ini berhasil mencuri perhatian khalayak. With diverse yet moderate lyrics and melody, this song goes so well with the sound of nature during summer, when it was first released. “The Star is Fading” diciptakan oleh Cho Byung Seok, salah satu personel Travel Sketch, yang terdiri dari dirinya bersama Nam Jun Bong. Lagu ini telah dibuat ulang oleh beberapa penyanyi terkenal. Solois pria, Sung Si Kyung, merilis versi ballad R n’ B dari lagu ini pada tanggal 20 Mei 2004 sebagai bagian dari remake album-nya, “The Blue Night of Jeju Island”. Lagu ini juga dibawakan secara live acoustic acappela oleh Super Junior pada tahun 2009 dalam acara MBC Music Travel.
“The Star is Fading” juga pernah ditampilkan dalam serial drama, seperti “New Heart” pada tahun 2007 dan “Can’t Lose” pada tahun 2011. Dari seluruh versi yang ada, saya paling menyukai versi ballad orchestra yang ditampilkan oleh Cha Ji Yeon dalam program “Immortal Songs 2”. Her performance left a deep impact, as she went on stage with bare feet. It’s such a great debut on “Immortal Songs 2”. Everyone in the backstage was in awe and speechless of her performance. The original song itself was already great. Moreover, Cha Ji Yeon’s rendition was over the top. As a musical actress, her level of control and emotion was impressive. And surely, it’s one of my favorite Cha Ji Yeon’s performances in “Immortal Songs 2”.

But as my dream disappears, only this sadness is getting deeper. As my star disappears, only this darkness is getting darker.” –Travel Sketch, The Star is Fading [translated lyrics]






“Eojeneun byeoli jyeotdane naui gaseumi muneojyeotne
(Yesterday, when the stars faded, my heart sank and wavered)
Byeoleun geujeo byeolil ppuniya modudeul naege malhajima
(But stars are just a star, that was what everybody told me)

Oneuldo byeoli jindane areumdaun naui byeol hana
(Today, another star is falling, one beautiful star of mine)
Byeoli jimyeon haneuldo seulpeo ireohke biman naerineun geoya
(When a star goes down, even the sky would be sad, that’s why it keeps raining now)

Naui gaseumsoge jeojeo oneul geudae geuriummani
(Inside my yearning heart, there’s a longing gradually soaking for you)
Ibamdo jeo bidwieo nareul ddo ulrigo
(Even tonight, it becomes that rain and makes me cry again)
Areumdawottdeon uri yetireun saenggakhaebomyeon
(Whenever I look back to our beautiful past days)
Naui aethaneun sarang doraol geot gateunde
(I wonder if the love of my heart might come back to me again)

Naui kkumeun sarajyeogago seulpheumani gipeoganeunde
(But as my dream disappears, only this sadness is getting deeper)
Naui byeoleun sarajigo eodummani jitheoganeunde

(As my star disappears, only this darkness is getting darker)”

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