Hear the Love

Monday, April 20, 2015


"Beethoven Virus" still photo - source: here

Everything comes with consequences, so does love. With all the things that ones could find in love, it comes with all other things that ones could lose in it; Lost and Found. People say that love is real when it brings happiness. Some other people say that love is real when it’s painful. I’ll go with the ones who say that love is a powerful and magical force that could give us both; pain and pleasure, happiness and sadness. Sometimes when we see someone keep the love and hide it from the person they love, we wonder why they do that, we wonder why they keep hurting themselves by doing that. The thing is, dealing with love is not an easy feat. Love comes with consequences. And not everyone is ready to face what’s coming after, when the person they love could hear what their heart is feeling.

Why is it just my love that is late? Why is it just my love that is hard? Although I’m right in front of you, although I’m right beside you. You’re my whole world, you’re the only one I see, but I always look away whenever I’m in front of you.” –Kim Taeyeon, Can You Hear Me ...? (들리나요…) [OST. Beethoven Virus]

“Can You Hear Me ...? (들리나요…)” is today’s song for Lost and Found. This ballad track was performed by Kim Taeyeon, the leader and also lead vocalist of Korean girl group, Girls’ Generation. She sang it for the 2008 MBC drama series titled “Beethoven Virus”, as the main theme song. It was her second solo and soundtrack, following the release of “If (만약에)”. “Can You Hear Me ...? (들리나요…)” was released on September 19th 2008 as a part of “Beethoven Virus OST” album. Its popularity was high through the roof, earning her the YEPP Popularity Award in 2008 Golden Disk Awards. Taeyeon said in an interview that this song was one of her most difficult to sing, explaining that the introduction had to be delivered as if someone is talking rather than singing.


"Beethoven Virus OST" album cover - source: wiki.d-addicts.com

We never know whom we will fall in love with. Sometimes, someone falls in love with a person whom they spend most of their time with, perhaps their best friend. When that happens, there’s this anxiety; an anxiety of inability to hide and stop the feeling. The lyrics of “Can You Hear Me ...? (들리나요…)” tell about that feeling. “Even though it hurts just a little bit, tears keep falling. My heart screams out everytime I’m passing by in front of you, or being beside you. You’re my whole world, you’re the only one that I want, but I can’t breathe whenever I’m in front of you.” It’s easy to fall in love with someone we’ve known so well, but it’s not that easy to deal with the feeling. They’re so close yet seem so far. They’re the one that we want, but we can’t just tell them that. They’re the one that we see, but we can’t just show them that. And it’s worse when we know that they’re into someone else. “Why is it just my love that is late? Why is it just my love that is hard? Although I’m right in front of you, although I’m right beside you. You’re my whole world, you’re the only one I see, but I always look away whenever I’m in front of you.”
“As if you and I weren’t destined to be, as if this was just a fleeting moment; next to you, who could just let me go so easily, I take a step closer, little by little, although I can’t move at all.” Unconsciously, every little thing that we choose to do and make, every little step that we take, it leads us closer to them. Although we understand, it won’t take us anywhere. “As if you were my very last, as if it were my very last moment; next to you, who could just let me go so easily, I take a step closer, little by little, although I can’t move at all.” Consciously, all the things that we decide to do and make, all the steps that we take, they bring us closer to them. Although we realize, they won’t take us anywhere, because our love is unrequited.
“If I could just look upon you even from a long distance, that’s what you call love.” Is that what they call love? Is it enough just by watching over them from a far? Is this love meant to be? Is this feeling just a passing moment? We know it’s real when it’s painful. “You make me restless, you make me cry; like a fool, like a child, I just want to laugh it off instead. The closer I get to you, although I get more terrified, I guess I just can’t stop this love.” We hide the pain with smile, as we keep on telling ourselves that everything will be just fine. We hope we won’t look pathetic, as we keep on trying hard to hide the feeling inside. Yet love is not a thing you can easily switch on and off just like that. And deep inside you wonder, can they hear what your heart says? “If perhaps this yearning, this longing, when it gets to you, when you can hear it, please just pretend like you don’t know. The closer I come to you, although I get more terrified, I just can’t stop this love.”

"Beethoven Virus" official photo - source: hancinema.net

As well as its soundtrack, the drama series “Beethoven Virus” was very popular back then. Actor and singer Jang Geun Suk, who also starred in “Beethoven Virus”, sang the male vocal version of “Can You Hear Me ...? (들리나요…)”, which was titled “Can You Hear Me Part 2 (들리나요 Part 2)”. Jang’s version was released on November 6th 2008 as “Beethoven Virus OST” single. His version has acoustic arrangement with only piano, strings, and guitar accompaniment. It also has an intro. Meanwhile, Taeyeon’s version is a traditional ballad with orchestra sound as the background. Both versions have its own charms, and both Taeyeon and Jang are having mesmerizing vocals that suit well with the sweet-sorrow melody of the song. Choosing which one’s better is like choosing between grilled fish and fried fish; so difficult!

You make me restless, you make me cry; like a fool, like a child, I just want to laugh it off instead. The closer I get to you, although I get more terrified, I guess I just can’t stop this love.” –Kim Taeyeon, Can You Hear Me ...? (들리나요…) [OST. Beethoven Virus]





“Jogeumman apado nunmulnayo gaseumi sorichyeoyo geudae apeul geudae gyeoteul jinamyeon
(Even though it hurts just a little bit, tears keep falling, my heart screams out everytime I’m passing by in front of you, or being beside you)
Ontong saesangi geudaeinde geudaeman geurineunde geudae apeseon sumeul jugyeoyeo
(You’re my whole world, you’re the only one that I want, but I can’t breathe whenever I’m in front of you)
Naege geudaega inyeoni anin geotcheorom geojo seuchineun sunganin geotcheorom
(As if you and I weren’t destined to be, as if this was just a fleeting moment)
Shipgae nal jinachineun geudae gyeote deo dagaga han georeumjocha chae dwaelsu eobseuljirado
(Next to you, who could just let me go so easily, I take a step closer, little by little, although I can’t move at all)

Seoseongigaehae nunmuljigaehae babocheorom aicheorom charari geunyang useobeoryeo
(You make me restless, you make me cry, like a fool, like a child, I just want to laugh it off instead)
Jeomjeom daga seulseurok jakku geobi najiman i sarangeun meomchul suga eomnabwa
(The closer I get to you, although I get more terrified, I guess I just can’t stop this love)

Wae nae sarangman deodingeojeo nae sarangman himdeuljo geudae ape geudae gyeote isseodo
(Why is it just my love that is late? Why is it just my love that is hard? Although I’m right in front of you, although I’m right beside you)
Ontong saesangi geudaeinde geudaeman boineunde geudae apeseon nan meongeokman bwayo
(You’re my whole world, you’re the only one I see, but I always look away whenever I’m in front of you)
Naege geudaega deo majimak ingeotcheorom naegen majimak sunganin geotcheorom
(As if you were my very last, as if it were my very last moment)
Shipgae nal jinachineun geudae gyeote deo dagaga han georeumjocha chae dwaelsu eobseuljirado
(Next to you, who could just let me go so easily, I take a step closer, little by little, although I can’t move at all)

Mon balchiseo nan jamshirado geudae barabol su isseodo geugae sarangijyo
(If I could just look upon you even from a long distance, that’s what you call love)

Hoksi i gidarimi i geuriumi daeul ddaemyeon deuli ddaemyeon charari moreun cheok haejwoyeo
(If perhaps this yearning, this longing, when it gets to you, when you can hear it, please just pretend like you don’t know)
Geudaeege galsurok jakku geobi najiman i sarangeun meomchul suga eomnaeyo
(The closer I come to you, although I get more terrified, I just can’t stop this love)”

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