The song that I have been going back to a lot this week is “Vijayi Bhava” by Shankar Mahadevan. It is one of the soundtracks from the Bollywood film – Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi.
To my new readers that find this recommendation odd, don’t worry. It’s quite familiar for me to divert out of my norm😂. I have showcased a few of my favourite Bollywood songs on this blog previously. I often watch Indian films, and I love their soundtracks, so feel free to check out my previous recommendations with these links:
I genuinely enjoy “Vijayi Bhava” because of the glorious feeling it gives off. The choral singing + the drums make this song. I got goosebumps when I first heard the chorus. After taking in the beauty of “Vijayi Bhava”, I went ahead to listen to the full soundtrack album, which was equally splendid. I can’t wait to watch the movie. If you’re interested, Manikarnika: The Queen of Jhansi is available with English subtitles on Dramanice.
Now since I couldn’t find any English lyric videos on YouTube, I did a screen recording to help you all understand “Vijayi Bhava” –
I recently went back to watch my favourite scenes from Someday Or One Day, and this time around, “Come Away” really stood out to me. Since the beginning of this week, I have been replaying this song. I adore the mellow tempo and comforting feeling I get when listening to it. Plus, Shi Shi’s voice always soothes me, so I can’t resist going back every day.
I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well, and if anyone hasn’t seen Someday Or One Day, you need to check it out immediately. It is such an excellent drama. I already have a two-part review available on this blog but be warned of spoilers:
My chosen song for this week is the closing soundtrack for the Chinese drama – Beautiful Reborn Flower.
“Rising Above” by Shang Wenjie.Shang Wenjie, also known as Laure Shang, is a Chinese singer-songwriter and composer. She was born on December 22nd, 1982. In 2006 she took part in the third season of a Chinese singing contest known as Super Girl and emerged first place. She also won Best Female Singer for the 2011 MusicRadio China TOP Charts Awards. Shang Wenjie can also speak fluent French and English. Her major in university was French.
At first, this song was hard to find, but thankfully after Beautiful Reborn Flower aired for about two weeks, a few people started posting the soundtracks.
I absolutely love this OST. It’s entirely in English, so from the first moment I heard it, I deeply felt every word Shang Wenjie sang. It’s such an empowering and beautiful song. I found myself lingering at the end of each episode just to hear more of “Rising Above.” This is my first time hearing anything from Shang Wenjie, and she completely embodied the lyrics of this song. Her voice holds so much emotion and power. She literally sounds like she’s soaring, and that gives the listener some sense of hope.
“Rising Above” has quickly become one of my favourite drama soundtracks, so I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I do.💕💕💕
My chosen song for this week is “One Time Heart” by Henry Huo and Mi Jing. This song is an official soundtrack for the 2019 Chinese drama Ming Dynasty.
I couldn’t find any information about Mi Jing, but here is a short profile for Henry Huo – Henry Huo (Huo Zun) is a Chinese singer-songwriter and actor. He was born on September 18th, 1990. Henry Huo began his music career in 2012 and gained fame after rising into the top three during a singing competition program known as Asian Wave. He is also the winner of Sing My Song S1, which is a program where songwriters compete with their own compositions. Through all his achievements, he has solidified his position in the industry as a composing prodigy.
This particular song I have chosen has two versions. One is the duet with Mi Jing, and the other is Henry Huo’s solo. I love both, but I gravitate more towards the duet version.
Fanmade video for English lyrics –
I enjoy listening to “One Time Heart” so much because of the classical singing style and beautiful traditional instrumentalization. Sometimes this song makes me feel like I’m transcending through time and space. Then other times, it seems like time has paused, and for that short period, I experience nothing but tranquillity.
So I wish you all peace as you enjoy this beautiful song. 💕💕💕
My most played song this week is “Beautiful Moment” by K.Will. It is an original soundtrack from the 2018 Korean drama, The Beauty Inside. Kim Hyung-soo, popularly known as K.Will, is a South Korean singer, composer and vocal coach managed by Starship Entertainment. He made his official debut in 2007 with the album Left Heart. He is known for his powerful ballads that always top music charts. K.Will is also known for his frequent contributions to Korean drama soundtracks.
The song that introduced me to him is “Please don’t…”. The music video for “Please don’t…” went viral for a while because of a plot-twist at the end. A lot of people, including myself, were taken off guard when we first watched the MV. I will leave that video at the end of this post for anyone interested.
Now, back to the song for this week –
From the very first time this soundtrack played, I was hooked. I love how it starts with the soft piano, and then we get some sort of rumbling sound in the background that ushers in K.Will’s voice. The way K.Will comes in with “don’t walk away, I’m falling down” always melts me. Plus, the instrumental progression as K.Will’s voice takes a more emotional and powerful turn from the second verse is a whole other level of eargasm. “Beautiful Moment” is a blissful ballad that I could never get tired of listening to. This song gives me some sense of peace that I cannot thoroughly explain in writing.
Also, whenever I remember the scenes that had this soundtrack, I get all soft inside. “Beautiful Moment” is a lovely piece, so I hope you all enjoy listening to it as much as I do.
As promised, here is the music video for “Please don’t…” –
My chosen song for this week is “Flower” by YOON MI RAE. It an original soundtrack from the Korean drama, Crash Landing On You. Natasha Shanta Reid, popularly known as Yoon Mi Rae, is a Korean American rapper and singer. She is a member of the hip-hop trio known as MFBTY (My Fans are Better Than Yours). The other members of the group are Tiger JK (her husband) and Bizzy.
I am always amazed by Yoon Mi Rae’s ability to belt beautiful notes but still go hard as a rapper. Her duality is impressive, and once again, she has captured heart with this lovely song. Everything about this OST is comforting. From the soft start to when Yoon Mi Rae starts singing, “Always, your way… Always”. Plus, the chemistry between Hyun Bin and Son Ye-jin makes it even better. I am itching to complete the drama so that I can finally write my review.
All the same, I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well.💕💕💕
Recently, I haven’t been posting a lot. I am at that critical point in the semester, where I only have time to study and sleep. That is why this playlist is coming to you guys this late in the season. Winter is almost over, and spring should be here soon. Hence I tried my best to revamp this playlist with a few tracks that could also suit spring. As per usual, I have included short previews for each track.
#. AKMU – How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love
I had to start with AKMU. They are my go-to for this time of the year. They help me feel at peace. “How can I love the heartbreak, you’re the one I love” is one of my favourites from their SAILINGalbum. I listen to this song on my way to school, while studying, and I even use it as my bedtime lullaby. It is that good, so I hope you all love it as well. Also, feel free to check out my album review for SAILING with this link 👉🏼 AKMU – SAILING: Album Review
#. Eric Nam – Hold Me I personally feel that Eric Nam is the perfect selection for spring. His voice gives me the most wonderful tingling sensation ever. “Hold Me” is the kind of song that automatically makes any listener feel loved and cherished. I have written about my love for Eric Nam while covering his content a few times on this blog. So if you need more song suggestions from this amazing artist, simply click on his name tag at the end of this post.
#. DAY6 – I’ll try This is such a lovely track from DAY6. Try to search up the English lyrics because you need to understand how touching this song is. “I’ll try” always make me feel like I am in a warm embrace with someone special. I think it is very fitting for winter. I have ranted about how good DAY6 is a few times on this blog. Honestly, they never disappoint. If you want to read more DAY6 related content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.
#. Solar, Kassy – A song from the past A charming duet from two incredible ladies. I absolutely adore this song. The harmonies, melody and high notes are beautiful. I think it is a perfect track for spring. So I hope you all enjoy it as well. I also wrote a review for this song that can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Solar x Kassy – A Song From The Past: Music Review
#TAEYEON – Wine “Wine” is my favourite track from Taeyeon’s Purpose album. The chorus is infectious, and Taeyeon’s voice during that section is pure bliss. I randomly find myself humming the melody. I am glad that I checked out the full album because I would have missed out on this gem. To read my review for Taeyeon’s Purpose album, including the repackaged version, use these links 👉🏼 TAEYEON – PURPOSE: Album Review
#. Eric Nam – 4AM Yess I included another song from Eric Nam and it also from the same digital single release. I love both songs, so I could not pick one over the other. This track is more upbeat, and I live for the raw vocal runs in this one. The man can sing, and no one can change my opinion. He had a concert in my city recently, but I couldn’t go due to school😭😭😭. Anyways I hope you guys enjoy listening to “4AM”.
#. millic, HAN – Treasure Island “Treasure Island” is a jam but the full Vida album that contains this track is a complete BOP and A HALF. Millic worked perfection, and everyone that was featured on it nailed their part. A full-blown masterpiece. For some reason, Vida is no longer available on Spotify, but I hope he brings it back because I need my jams intact. Honestly, Korean RnB is on another level.
#. Primary, SUMIN, Qim Isle – woozoo Another BOP. Primary is an incredible producer. I discovered this song while reviewing the second part of his PAKTORY EP. To read that review, use this link 👉🏼 Primary – 3-PAKTORYO2: Music Review. Immediately the song started, I was captivated by SUMIN’s voice. Honestly, she should be a bigger name because the lady can sing. “woozoo” always gets me in some kind of turnt up mood that I can’t even explain in words.
#. Punch – Sometimes This is actually my first song from Punch that isn’t an OST for a Korean drama. I love the chill and carefree vibe this track gives off. Punch has a remarkable voice, so I was determined to check out her personal discography and “Sometimes” is my favourite so far from all her songs I have listed to. To read more content about Punch, simply click her name tag at the end of this post.
#. Vincent Blue – Stupid This is the most intriguing song I have heard in a long while. Indeed, music is a compelling tool. There are various ways artists express themselves, and the effect that their expressions have on another individual is incredible. Vincent Blue’s voice and the way he sang this song continually leaves me in awe. He sounds so elegant, especially when he starts those vocal runs that mimic the instruments. “Stupid” is pure art and also an excellent show of intelligent production.
#. IU – The visitor My love for IU soars higher each day along with my undying adoration for her Love poem album. I already wrote a review for it, so I will try not to rant again. If you still need to read my review, use this link 👉🏼 IU – LOVE POEM: Album Review. All the songs on this album are equally amazing as expected from IU, but I chose “The visitor” because I feel it suits this season the most.
#. Dean, Crush, Jeff Bernat – What 2 Do Since I decided to spring things up with a few RnB and neo-soul tracks, I couldn’t leave out Dean. “What 2 Do” is one of my first songs from him, and I still destroy the replay button on this song to date. It is so good. Plus Crush and Jeff Bernat also held their fort. These three amazing singers came together and disrespected me most beautifully. I LOVE!!!😍😍😍
#. Tia Ray – Ready For Love The instrumental on this track is LIT🔥🔥🔥. In fact, the entire 1212album is a groovy anthem. I am so pleased that I randomly discovered this artist. Her voice and energy are perfect. “Ready For Love” always comes on when I need something upbeat but not too loud. Just perfect enough for body rolling. I sit on my bed and dance like the weird human being I am.💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼
#. g.o.d – One Candle g.o.d!!!. I love me some first-generation Kpop artists. This song might not fancy some people on the first listen, but I will advise you to give it a second or third try. If you still don’t like it, oh well😂😂😂. We can’t all have the same taste because differences are what make the world interesting. Anyways “One Candle” is one of my favourite classics from g.o.d. The lyrics are beautiful, and the chorus always has me dancing.
#. DAY6 – days gone by
Yes, DAY6 appeared again because according to Spotify, they are my most played Kpop group and I ain’t arguing with facts. My closest friend and I live for this song because of the old school disco vibe. I mean, who can resist a good disco jam with such impressive vocals. There is no way you can see me sitting still when “days gone by” comes on. It becomes a party hall, no matter where I am😂😂😂.
#. Ailee – Reminiscing The powerhouse Ailee is here with her soft and impeccable vocal runs that consistently make me wonder how she sings this song live. Honestly, even after watching a live performance, I am still confused. How does she belt that high-speed line with so much ease? All the same, “Reminiscing” is a beautiful track, and it is precisely the kind of song that I gravitate to during the cold season. To read more Ailee related content, click on her name tag at the end of this post.
#. Urban Zakapa – Nearness Is To Love You all know how I feel about ballads/RnB and Urban Zakapa always nail their tracks. Plus, “Nearness Is To Love” is entirely in English, so I could understand right away. This song is so soothing, and I remember during the first week of discovering it, I couldn’t listen to anything else. The melody was stuck in my head. It is such a beautiful piece, and the vocal quality is to die for.
#. 4Men – Baby Baby This is a song that never fails to get me in my feels. I love it when Spotify recommends new artists to me because I get to try something different every once in a while. I discovered 4Men a few years ago. They are such talented singers and “Baby Baby” is my favourite from them. The vocal prowess they showcase throughout this song is incredible.
#. LEE HI – BREATHE This song became so hard to listen to for a long time, but I am back on it now. I love the message of hope and reassurance that no matter what is happening, you are not alone. So it is okay to take a break and breathe. Even from the initial release, it was a very emotional piece because I was in an awful mental space at the time. “BREATHE” definitely means a lot to me. I hope anyone dealing with trials finds some comfort through this song.
#. Juno Su – Fortunately, We Meet Again I have definitely overplayed this soundtrack from the Chinese drama, Ten Years Late. There is something about the chorus section that soothes my soul, and it perfect for this season. I already featured it as my song for the week and on my list of favourite 2019 OSTs, but I still included in this playlist. Whenever I can’t sleep, I either play “Fortunately, We Meet Again” or rain sounds. That is how much I love this song.
#. Urban Zakapa – Wish There are few very popular OSTs from Goblin, but there are some other late releases that I think did not get enough attention. “Wish” by Urban Zakaba is one of those. This song’s progression is intense and captivating. It literally feels like you are soaring on the power of love. I like to pretend like I am singing along with them because it makes me feel invincible.
#. Park Hyo Shin – Goodbye Hmmm, are there really any words that could describe the amazement that is Park Hyo Shin. The man stuns all the time. I know how good he is, but I still get surprised by each new song. “Goodbye” is a magical piece. It starts out slow, but the vocal prowess that Park Hyo Shin displays from the one minute mark just leaves my mouth hanging wide open, and I ain’t complaining. Yesss…. please bless my ears with your breathtaking pipes.
#. BTOB – Missing You I could write a whole page full of praise and love for BTOB because they are more than deserving of that. With each new album, they continue to impress both as a group and individually. So if you don’t know them, what are you waiting for???🙄🙄😊 Anyways “Missing You” is an excellent song with beautiful vocals and great rap verses. Also, since it is my favourite from Brother Act., it has to be on this playlist.
#. Younha – Dark Clouds I love working on this blog, not just because of my obsession with music and dramas but also because it broadens my horizon. I discover a lot of new things while creating content here. Younha is one of such discoveries. While trying to check out more artists for music review content, I stumbled upon her latest album – UNSTABLE MINDSET,and I was utterly blown away. If you will like to read my review for UNSTABLE MINDSET, use this link 👉🏼 YOUNHA – UNSTABLE MINDSET: Album Review. “Dark Clouds” is a powerful and heartfelt song. It also happens to be one of my faves, so I decided to include it.
#. Lee Moon Sae – A welcome rain Another song which I listed as one of my favourite OSTs from 2019. “A welcome rain” makes me feel emotions that I shouldn’t be experiencing. Yes, I have gone through some sad things, but the way this song calls out my tears is still not explainable. This is a sad one, but I still love it. Anytime I hear it play, I recall Shin Hye-sun’s scenes from Angel’s Last Mission: Love. So maybe that’s why the tears flow because her performance was too good. Also, bravo to Lee Moon Sae for an emotional delivery of this exquisite piece.
#. Paul Kim – Big Heart Paul Kim is one singer that always calls forth my attention. “Big Heart” was his last release for 2019, and I already wrote a review for it. You can access that post with this link 👉🏼 Paul Kim – Big Heart: Music Review. Also, for more content, click on his name tag at the end of this post. Paul Kim was on my first Winter Playlist, and I didn’t even know him so well then. Now, a year later, he is one of my favourite Korean solo acts. His voice is precious, and he is still quite young, so just imagine what he could produce with even more experience. I am excited to hear more songs from him.
#. DAY6 – All Alone I promise that this is my last song from DAY6 on this playlist😂😂😂. I tried my best to have one artist to one song, but people like Eric Nam and DAY6 could not let a sister be great. I really like “All Alone” because of the stripped-down acoustic style of the song. It puts more attention on their voices, and I love, I MEAN I REALLY LOVE to hear them bless me. Ladies and gentlemen, yes, this is for sure the curtain roll on my DAY6 rants in this post. I hope you enjoyed every section. Moving on…
#. Davichi – Dear. Another beautiful set of vocal queens. This song is a chill love and appreciation vibe. Davichi effortlessly nailed each note while still keeping the progression a bit simple. I adore the instrumental for “Dear” because it reminds me of Christmas jingles. Which makes sense since this track was released in December of last year. Anyways, I play Christmas songs throughout the year, so this can be included in this list. I have a review for”Dear” on this blog, it can be accessed with this link 👉🏼 Davichi – Dear: Music Review
#. ATEEZ – Sunrise
ATEEZ is another new discovery, and I have been fangirling over them a lot recently. Currently, I have two stable biases (Park Seonghwa and Kim Hongjoong), but every now and then, I get swayed by other members. After reviewing their most recent album, I went ahead to check out their discography, and “Sunrise” was one of the first songs that caught my attention. I love the message and the heavy drumbeat used for the instrumental. For more ATEEZ content, simply click on their name tag at the end of this post.
#. The Rose – She’s In The Rain Finally The Rose comes into the mix. Another one of my favourite K-bands. I really hope they get good results concerning the recent dispute with their management company. “She’s In The Rain” was the first song I heard from this group, and I immediately fell in love. The Dawnalbum, which contains this song, is also perfect. So all I did was choose my number track from it.
Well, I hope you all were at least intrigued by one or two songs. This playlist is available on YouTube and Spotify with these links: 👉🏼 Youtube Winter 2020
The chosen song for this week is “I LOVE” by Official HIGE DANdism. I have been listening to this song a lot since I discovered it from the ongoing Japanese drama, Koi wa Tsuzuku yo Doko Made mo. Official HIGE DANdism, also known as Higedan, is a Japanese pop band formed in 2012. There are four members – Satoshi Fujihara (lead vocalist, keyboards), Daisuke Ozasa (guitar, background vocalist), Makoto Narazaki (bass guitar, saxophone, background vocalist) and Masaki Matsuura (drummer, background vocalist). The band is currently signed to Pony Canyon. Official HIGE DANdism gained popularity with their hit song “Pretender” in 2019. I don’t know what it is about the song that got me so addicted. I didn’t take notice of it at first, then suddenly since the ending of last week, I found myself listening to it on repeat. Well, I do love a good rock song, and Japanese bands are amazing. So maybe, it was the instrumental that finally got to me. Plus, I like it when they sing “I love” because of the drums and clapping that comes in hard during that section.
Another thing might be the language, it sounds charming to me. Overall, I just think “I LOVE” by Official HIGE DANdism is a lovely song. Hence I had to share it with you all. I hope everyone enjoys listening to it.
I have been quite busy, so I couldn’t review most of the songs that got released lately. Now here is a list of the recent releases that I truly enjoyed –
BIBI – Restless: This is such a soothing song to listen to. BIBI has a unique tone, and she always makes the most lovely tracks. So I highly recommended “Restless” to anyone who needs some chill music to help them relax. Plus, the music video is beautiful, and BIBI is so adorable.
Vince Feat. Zion.T – EMERGENCY: I actually planned to check this out because of Zion.T. I really do not know much about Vince, he seems to be a new artist. I could only find two songs on his Spotify account, and I am already in love with his sound. Vince has the classic Korean sexy R&B vibe, so if that is your arena, you will enjoy his songs. Here is his other song titled “MENNAL” –
SECHSKIES EP – ALL FOR YOU: I am so happy that they are back. I adore the sound of older Kpop groups. They always give off a nostalgic and sweet feel. Plus, their songs are also very catchy. This new EP has five songs. The title track is also called “ALL FOR YOU”. I enjoyed listening to all five songs. My favourites are – “ALL FOR YOU” & -“MEANINGLESS”. Here is a sample of the EP –
HYUKOH EP – through love: HYUKOH always impresses with their music, so I had to check out their latest album. I recently featured their old song “TOMBOY” as my song for this week. To check out that post, use this link 👉🏼 HYUKOH – TOMBOY: Song Of The Week. This new album has six songs, and it is quite different from their usual sound. It has more instrumental solos and less lyrical sections. The songs made me feel like I was lying in an open field while staring at the sun. They sound very trancelike and give off a sense of serenity. I added the entire album to my playlist because just selecting a few songs will cause me to miss out on the full experience. HYUKOH’sthrough love is another good recommendation for some good relaxation time.
Lee Seung Chul – I will give you all: I saw Park Bo-gum in the teaser, so I decided to check it out, but I stayed for the singer’s beautiful voice. This song is an OST for a webtoon called The Legendary Moonlight Sculptor. This is my first time listening to anything from Lee Seung Chul, but I plan to check out more of his songs later. He is an older singer, so his control of this classic ballad sound is impeccable. If you are a ballad lover like me, you will really enjoy listening to this song. The instrumental for this track also has some rock elements, so if you like that, this is for you.
Baek Ji Woong – A Weary Night: I love the deep voice of this singer, and I cannot wait to check out more of his songs. “A Weary Night” is another beautiful ballad. It is the classic slow song accompanied by a keyboard and orchestra. Such songs might seem simple, but what really makes or mars it is the singer’s ability. Baek Ji Woong has a compelling and calming tone, so I was captivated right from his first note. He is really talented. I love discovering new artists to add to my long list of faves.
I know this is late, but I have been busy. The song that I stuck on the most this week is “Here For You (為你而來)” by Tia Ray. It is an official soundtrack and opening theme for the Chinese drama, Dreaming Back to the Qing Dynasty. The series stars Wang An Yu and Landi Li as leads. I just started watching it, and I am not sure if I will review it. Even if I do, it might be a brief review. Similar to what I did for Ten Years Late.
Tia Ray seems to be singing a lot of my favourite soundtracks from Chinese dramas. I love her voice. Her singing style for OSTs is profoundly emotional. She just hits you with different levels of feels as the song progresses. At first, when I heard this song, I didn’t know she was the one singing. I am still new to Tia Ray’s sound. This was my statement after finding out – “yea, that makes complete sense. She always gets me teary for no good reason😥😥.” Her voice is beautiful, and it always brings home the message of any song.
The soft instrumental start for “Here For You (為你而來)” is one of my favourite sections of the song. It gently prepares you for a beautiful melody that you will not easily forget. Then the male background vocal is another intriguing aspect of this OST. Although that voice is faint, it works as a great tool that takes the song to a higher note towards the end. Analyzation aside, this is a beautiful song, so I hope you all enjoy listening to it as well.
DAEON – “Liar” This song gives me goosebumps. A badass track that served as the perfect red carpet for Mo Seok Hee in the Korean TV series – Graceful Family. My only problem with this OST is the length. How can it be only two minutes and twelve seconds long? I need more time for epicness.
Sa Ji – “Never Let You Go” This is such a beautiful and calming song. Definitely my favourite OST from the Chinese drama – Le Coup de Foudre. Also, the fact that it is entirely in English is a nice bonus. I LOVE … LOVE THIS SONG. Sa Ji’s voice really embodied every word that she sang.
Xiao Zhan & Wang Yibo – “Unrestrained” The elegant “Unrestrained’ from the Chinese TV series – The Untamed. I love it when actors sing the soundtracks for their drama. This was a great main track from Xiao Zhan and Wang Yibo. Listening to this song always makes me want to rewatch the series again.
Lee Hae-Ri – “Maybe” Lee Hae-Ri’s voice with the sweet chemistry from the leads of Her Private Life was a perfect combo. I remember waiting eagerly for TVN to release this particular soundtrack. Till the end of the series, it remained my top OST from the drama.
Ju Jingyi – “Passing Feelings” Ju Jingyi’s rendition of this song gives me chills. She sounds so trancelike. This is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful songs I have heard in my life. Listening to it puts me at peace. “Passing Feelings” is an original soundtrack for the Chinese drama – TheLegend Of White Snake. I remember watching the version with Jet Li as the monk, but this new version is equally impressive.
Ju Jingyi – “A Millennium’s Wait For A Return” Another artistic delight from The Legend Of White Snake. Ju Jingyi proves herself not only as an actress but also as an exceptional singer. Her soft and smooth voice was a perfect choice for the OSTs. This also has a trancelike vibe, most notably when they sing the line – “alone waiting for a thousand years.”
Ju Jingyi – “Bai Suzhen under Mount Qingcheng” I live for the drums in this song. The instrumental is not so loud, but it still stands out. Yet another astounding soundtrack from The Legend Of White Snake. This drama definitely had one of the best soundtracks among Chinese dramas this year.
Samuel Seo – “Pain Or Death”Doctor John had a fantastic set of OSTs. “Pain & Death” is my favourite. This is also my first song from Samuel Seo, and I must say that he has a very compelling voice. The lyrics for this song hit really hard because it speaks about the one thing that all humans most experience – Death. But all the same, it was a very befitting soundtrack for the drama.
MINSEO – “Star” This was another emotional song from Doctor John. Honestly, even though this drama did not have a lot of romantic scenes between the leads, their chemistry was still undeniable. Anytime I listen to this particular soundtrack, I always remember all their sweet and comforting moments.
SALTNPAPER – “Look At” A very comforting song from the phenomenal SALTNPAPER. Whenever this OST came on, I knew it was going to be an emotional but yet hopeful scene. SALTNPAPER never fails to deliver intriguing OSTs. I first heard Satelite from Chicago Typewriter, and I have been hooked since then.
Sean Chen – “How are You These Days” Another OST I discovered without actually watching the drama. Fun fact: I just figured out the English title and artist while writing this post. I randomly found the OST album for the Chinese TV series – Hope All Is Well With Us on Spotify, so almost everything was in Chinese. But I can confidently state that every track from the series is fascinating.
Xu Jun – “Chasing” And last on my list is my ultimate song from Hope All Is Well With Us. I do not know much about the artist, but his voice really captured me. I have replayed this song a million times, and I even listen to the instrumental version. Honestly, I had no plans to watch the drama, but they did such an excellent job with the soundtracks, so I am quite tempted to see a few episodes.
That is all I have for this post. If there is an OST that you loved that did not make my list, please feel free to mention it in the comment section. Also, I have provided a synopsis for most of these dramas on some previous posts. So simply click on the tag for the specific show, and you will see all the related posts.
I hope you all continue to enjoy this holiday season.💓💓💓
Hello, hello… How is everyone’s holiday going? I hope you all are having a good time.
In this post, I will be sharing some of my favourite original soundtracks from this year. So let us get right into it –
Lee Moon Sae – “A welcome rain” This is a soundtrack for the Korean drama – Angel’s Last Mission: Love. This is such a soulful OST, and I remember crying the very first time I heard it on the show. Lee Moon Sae is an older singer, and all his songs I have listened to are always heartfelt and very emotional.
Aska Yang – “Its Fate” This lovely soundtrack is from the Chinese TV series – Love and Destiny. Aska Yang is an incredible singer. The build-up that happens in this song, with each chorus section gives off a very majestic vibe. This fits perfectly with the theme of the drama.
Shi Shi – “Someday or One day” I already wrote about why I love this song so much when it was featured as my song of the week. If you have not read that post already, check it out with this link 👉🏼 Shi Shi – Someday or One day: Song Of The Week. I also gave a description of the drama by the end of that post. This OST is so soothing.
HEIZE – “Can You See My Heart” Another song that automatically calls forth tears from my eyes. All the soundtracks for Hotel del Luna are astounding, but this one by HEIZE stole my heart. I cannot even begin to explain the emotions this OST holds. It is so heartbreaking but also quite comforting.
Monday Kiz, Punch – “Another Day” Another beautiful OST from Hotel del Luna. Punch is such an OST queen; she had three songs in the same series. Monday Kiz also did really well on this track. It was the first soundtrack for the show, and it solidified the awesomeness that was about to be delivered.
Liver and Gallbladder – “The Street You Left” This is my favourite soundtrack from the Korean drama – When The Devil Calls Your Name. Liver and Gallbladder is not a real band. It was created specifically for the series. This song gives off the feeling of nostalgia, and I love it. The guitar in this is phenomenal.
Kim Igyeong – “Say to Myself” Another unique song from When The Devil Calls Your Name. I am not sure if this was sung by Lee Seol or Sondia. Sondia is the artist who voiced most of Lee Seol’s music scenes in the drama. Anyways, this track hit me with the feels from the first moment I heard it.
Bii – “I miss you more” Bii’s voice always speaks to me and then when you combine it with a good drama, you will definitely get my attention. This song is from the Taiwanese series – Before We Get Married. I just love how soft this track is. A perfect chill pill.
Hu Xia, Yisa Yu – “Don’t You Know?” I have never heard of any other OST that is so poetic and soothing. I lived for whenever this song came on during The Story Of Ming Lan. Ahh, now I feel like going back to watch the scene when Ming Lan finally accepted Gu Tingye’s marriage proposal. So cute.
Yoga Lin & Yisa Yu – “Chasing Youth” I featured this OST as my song for the week in September. To read that post, click 👉🏼Yoga Lin & Yisa Yu – 追尋年少的光: Song Of The Week. “Chasing Youth” is from the Chinese drama – River Flows To You. I have not seen the series yet, but I stumbled upon the music video on YouTube. The keyboard instrumental at the beginning caught my attention. Both singers are pure art on this soundtrack.
Elaine – “Search” This is such a badass soundtrack that fits so well with the theme of Search: WWW. I have not completed this series. I just did a premiere watch, but I have plans to continue. I love how unique Elaine sounds, she always pulls you in with all her OSTs.
I had to make this a two-part post because I had a long list of songs. The final part will be up in a few seconds, so keep an eye out for that. Also, I have provided a synopsis for most of these dramas on some previous posts. So simply click on the tag for the specific show, and you will see all the related posts.
I was swamped during the first week of December, and last week I had to focus on music reviews, so I could not give my regular weekly song recommendation.
I am back now, and my song for this week is “Fortunately, We Meet Again” by Juno Su. It is one of the soundtracks for the 2019 Chinese drama – Ten Years Late which stars Shawn Duo and Gülnezer Bextiyar as leads. I tried my best to get information about this singer, but I did not find anything substantial. All I know is that her name is Su Shi Ding, and she goes by the stage name – Juno Su. She is a Chinese actress and singer.
Also, I could not find an official music video for this song. I simply added in a lyric video –
I might not know much about Juno Su, but I can confirm that she is a great singer. Her voice is powerful and soothing. I will try listening to more of her songs and hopefully get to know more about her. Honestly, I was kind of disappointed that I could not find much information. Is she a new artist?… I do not think so, though.
Anyways, while watching Ten Years Late, “Fortunately, We Meet Again” really stood out to me. I immediately searched it up and added it to my Spotify playlist. It is such a beautiful song. I was always happy when it played during the romantic and emotional scenes of the series. And ever since the beginning of this month, I have been leaving it on repeat before going to bed. It helps me relax.
“Fortunately, We Meet Again” has become my regular bedtime song, so I had to share it with you all. I hope everyone enjoys listening to this song as well.
I am back to introduce a new song to you all. My chosen song for this week is “Someday or One day” by Shi Shi. It is the opening soundtrack for the Taiwanese drama Someday or One Day. This drama is currently airing and has only two episodes out. I’ll give more information on the series at the end of this post. So for now, let us focus on the music.
Sun Sheng Xi, popularly known as Shi Shi, is a Taiwanese-Korean singer-songwriter. She has been active since 2013 and is signed under Rock Records.
I was so pleased when I found out that she sang this song. I love her music, she is such a beautiful singer. I came across her when watching the Taiwanese series – Back to 1989 and ever since then, I have been following up with her releases. “Someday or One day” is available on Spotify and iTunes for download.
From the first time I heard this song play in the drama, I was intrigued. It has this solemn but promising feel to it. I could understand the lyrics, so it was even more touching. It is a perfect opening theme for the series. It tells the sadness of losing a loved one but also the hope of meeting them again someday. Shi Shi sounds incredible. I have mentioned this a few times on this blog, but I am going to repeat it – A guitar start for any song is always the right choice. And the way Shi Shi came in at the beginning with her soft voice was so good. It added to the soothing feeling of “Someday or One Day.” I also appreciate how the build-up towards the end was not too intense. The instrumental was still calm, but I could tell that the tempo went up a few scales.
I really love this song, so I had to share it with my readers. I hope you all enjoy listening to “Someday or One Day’ as much as I do.
Here is some information on the drama for anyone interested –
Sypnosis: The year is 2019. A 27-year-old woman named Huang Yu Xuan pines for the love of her life, her long-time boyfriend, Wang Quan Sheng. She continually checks his social media pages, hoping he will call her, asking to get back together. But one fateful night, Huang Yu Xuan gets hit by a car. She regains consciousness and sees a man she believes to be Wang Quan Sheng sitting by her hospital bedside. She thinks she has finally been reunited with her beloved Wang Quan Sheng! But there’s a huge twist. She is no longer a 27-year-old woman but is now a high school student named Chen Yan Ru. The year is now 1998. And the man by her bedside is not her boyfriend after all, but a schoolmate named Li Zi Wei. Trapped in what appears to be the past, living another person’s life, she eventually comes to realize that the traffic “accident” that landed Huang Yu Xuan in the hospital may not have been an accident after all. And Chen Yan Ru’s own reasons for being hospitalized are also shrouded in mystery.
All the while, Li Zi Wei finds himself strangely drawn to the woman who used to be Chen Yan Ru, even though he knows his closest friend Mo Jun Jie has had a crush on Chen Yan Ru for years… Can true love find a way to bridge a seemingly insurmountable time gap? And what really happened on the night when Huang Yu Xuan was hit by the car? (Source – Viki).
I have watched the two episodes that are currently out, and the drama is exciting and seems promising. I just hope they keep up with the current flow until the end. I have a few theories on Wang Quan Sheng’s disappearance, but I will save it all for when I write my review. Here are the teaser and seventeen minutes preview videos for Someday or One Day –
The chosen song for this week is Bumbro by Shankar Mahadevan, Jaspinder Narula, and Sunidhi Chauhan. It is one of the seven soundtracks from Vidhu Vinod Chopra’s film – Mission Kashmir.
Mission Kashmir is an Indian action thriller film that was released on October 27th, 2000. It starred Sanjay Dutt, Hrithik Roshan, Preity Zinta, Jackie Shroff, and Sonali Kulkarni.
I have never watched Mission Kashmir, and the only actors I know from the film are Sanjay Dutt and Hrithik Roshan. I randomly discovered “Bumbro” on Sunday, and it has been on repeat since then. I tried searching for the English translation but could not find any. If anyone has the translations, please provide it in the comment section. Thank you.
Even without understanding what the song means, I still enjoy it. It makes me want to dance. I really cannot listen to this song without standing up at some point to shake my body💃🏼💃🏼💃🏼. Also, I had no other song in mind for this week, so I decided to stick with “Bumbro.” I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as much as I do.
The chosen song for this week is Beautiful by Dawen Wang. Dawen Wang is an American singer-songwriter. He gained popularity through making Chinese covers of popular songs on YouTube. Dawen currently resides in Taipei, Taiwan. He has released four studio albums so far and also has a good number of OSTs for Taiwanese dramas.
“Beautiful” is the opening theme song for the 2013 Taiwanese TV series, Deva Ju. The series stars Mandy Wei and How Yao as leads.
I totally forgot about this song, but thankfully I got to listen to it again while doing a very quick rewatch of Deja Vu. I finally added it to my personal playlist, and it has been on repeat since then.
The instrumental on this track is astonishing. The arrangement of the piano, violin and cello is so perfect, it really reaches out for the listener’s heart. Also, Dawen’s voice is incredible. The entire song is just what it claims to be from the title, Beautiful.
Here is the English translation:
First Verse –
Apart from this, I have no other way to describe you.
The other words are inaccurate,
Not even a million words would suffice.
Though these words, don’t sound creative,
but please trust these pure feelings of mine,
as I would like you to understand the desire of my heart.
I want us to fall in love with each other
To watch the sunset and sunrise together.
To breathe your breath, and to look forward to you looking forward to me.
The only one that I can love is you, even when I am left with nothing.
Let us fall in love with each other,
and never ever to tell one another to depart.
To also feel perfected only when I have the beautiful you in my life.
right from your eyes to the bottom of your heart.
How long is this lifetime
That it allows us to understand what love is?
The whole world becomes meaningful
Because of your one single response.
My favourite part of this song is definitely the chorus. I feel like I have been sleeping on Dawwen Wang’s music, so I have a lot of catching up to do. I cannot continue to neglect such a fantastic artist.
I hope you all enjoy listening to “Beautiful” and also go check out more songs from Dawen’s discography.
I know I skipped last week, sorry about that. I just had to focus on school projects for a while.
The chosen song for this week is 追尋年少的光 by Yoga Lin and Yisa Yu.I believe the title of the song translates to “Chasing Youth”, but I am not 100% sure. I just know that if you type in Chasing Youth by Yoga Lin & Yisa Yu on YouTube, the music video will pop up. This song is an original soundtrack for the 2019 Chinese drama River Flows To You, which stars Ma Tian Yuand Zheng Shuang.
It was a random recommendation on YouTube, and I was captured from the first listen. To me, this song has a trance-like feel because, by each minute, it gets more enticing to listen to. I believe that the instrumentals play a massive role in that aspect. Another great thing about this song is Yoga Lin and Yisa Yu. They are both remarkable vocalists. I know that I always praise the singers for my featured songs, but this is different. I am even uncertain about the right word to use in describing how they sound, so all I can say is that their voices literally melt into each other.
My favourite section of the song is the short harmonization they do at the 1:47-minute mark of the video inserted in this post, right before Yisa starts her verse.
I could not resist the temptation to share such a beautiful piece with you all. So I sincerely hope that “追尋年少的光(Chasing Youth)” by Yoga Lin and Yisa Yu will meet the taste of many readers. Also, feel free to let me know if you enjoyed listening to it, and even if you did not, that is fine. Just leave your thoughts. 💕💕💕
The chosen song for this week is Kalank by Arijit Singh. It is the title track for the 2019 Indian Hindi-language period film, Kalank. The main stars of the film are Madhuri Dixit, Sonakshi Sinha, Alia Bhatt, Varun Dhawan, Aditya Roy Kapur and Sanjay Dutt.
I have not seen the movie yet, but I have listened to the entire soundtrack. Every song for the film is impressive, but the title track by Arijit is too beautiful to describe with words. Arijit Singh has one of the most enchanting voices I have ever heard. Every song from him just blows my mind. Recently, whenever I feel like listening to Indian film songs, “Kalank” is always my first pick. And my continuous replay of the song is quite unhealthy😂😂😂. In my head, I am just like this girl better listen to something else right now, is this the only song you know?😂😂😂
My favourite part of the song starts from the 3:47-minute mark of the video I inserted on this post. The continuous singing of “Main tera, main tera” till the end of the song is what makes me replay it. I cannot just listen to it once and be satisfied, I need to take it in a few more times before I let go. It is such an emotional and divine piece.
I know that it might seem odd to some that I am featuring an Indian song, but just to clarify, I intended to include Indian films and songs from the beginning. I started watching Indian movies way before I even knew about Korean dramas or Kpop, so it definitely has to be included on my blog. I hope that everyone can take some time and listen to this song because you will come to love it.
So I finally decided to bring back my weekly music specials.
The chosen song for this week is Stars and Moon by Ivy Shao. The music and lyrics for this song were written by Victor Lau, and the singer is the Taiwanese actress Ivy Shao. “Stars and Moon” is an official soundtrack for the Chinese drama Sweet Combat. The show stars Lu Han (former EXO member) and Guan Xiaotong as leads (fun fact: the lead actors are actually a real couple).
From the very first time I heard this song being played in the drama, I was intrigued. “Stars and Moon” is a very emotional song. It speaks about hope and the zeal to never retreat. This was the emotion I got from the song even before searching up the English lyrics. Here is the English translation:
The star is scared that once she blinks, the moon will disappear and be gone
The moon holds her hand and promises to stay by her side
The star and the moon agree to always accompany each other
Illuminating the world together
Until the day that the moon suddenly goes back on his promise
The star hangs on the horizon. The moon is no longer there
She does not wish to cry and chooses not to fall
The star no longer yearns. She decides to illuminate the world alone
Shining in the night without the moon
On dark nights without you (I’ll keep on shining)
My favourite part of this song is definitely the chorus. I just love the message that no matter what you go through, you have to believe in yourself and keep on moving. Ivy always impresses when she sings. She might not have the most powerful voice, but she sure knows how to spark emotions from her audience.
I look forward to hearing more songs from her because she is astounding both as an actress and a singer.
That is my short write-up for this song. Till my next post, take care
My very own winter playlist created for you all to enjoy, and I also added short previews for each song.
#. 1415 – When It Snows
This song was recommended by a friend, and she got me to quickly watch the music video for it because Nam Joo Hyuk features as the main character for the video. It was my first time listening to 1415. After my first listen, I went on to check out their other releases. It is a very calm and soothing song, so I wanted to share it with you all. Hopefully, you enjoy it like I did.
#. 1415 – I Am Blue
Yes, another song from 1415. They are amazing, and I hope that they get the recognition that their music deserves. “I am Blue” is a more upbeat song compared to “When It Snows” and the instrumentals on this song is absolutely beautiful.
#. Zion. T, Lee Moon Sae – Snow
Hands down, this is one of the most beautiful songs I have ever listened to. I expect nothing less from Zion. T, he is an amazing artist. Also, the fact that he featured Lee Moon Sae, a well recognized older generation singer, made this song even more beautiful. If you have never listened to anything from Lee Moon Sae, I recommend the song “Whistle.”
#. Primary, OHHYUK, Lim Kim – Gondry
Ohhyuk’s voice in every song I have heard from him continuously takes me by surprise. When I first listened to “Gondry,” I was completely in awe. No matter how many times I listen to this song, I keep on asking myself how someone can be blessed with such an amazingly rich set of pipes. It is not really the notes but rather the emotion that his voice adds to each song. I honestly hope that you all come to appreciate his voice and music just like I do after listening to this song.
#. Yang Da Il, Hyolyn – And Then
Yang Da Il caught my attention with his soundtracks from Korean dramas like Hospital Ship and Bride Of The Water God. But I was still never compelled to check out his actual songs. I came to know of this particular song through Spotify radio, and I was so mad at myself for such a late discovery. Also, with a feature like Hyolyn, who has a really enchanting voice, this turned out to be such a tasteful and relaxing song.
#. Primary, OHHYUK – Island
This is such a laid back song for me. Whenever this song plays, I find myself just snapping my fingers and rocking my head from side to side. It is quite an odd dance if seen in person, but that is just me being me. So do let me know what sort of moves this song ignites from you.
#. John Park – Thought Of You
The only song I knew from John Park before this month was “My Best,” which features Huh Gak. I never dived further into the discography of both singers until this month. So this song is one of my recent findings. I absolutely enjoy every minute of listening to “Thought Of You.” It is such a feel-good song, and it lightens up my mood.
#. MISIA, HIDE (GReeeeN) – Ainokatachi
This happens to be one of the first Japanese songs I listened to that was not from an anime. Sometime last year, I decided that I would like to hear what Japan’s music scene had to offer. So with my search, I came across Mika Nakashima and then she led me to discover MISIA. I really love this song because of the hopeful and uplifting atmosphere that it exudes. I have since then discovered other Japanese songs that I enjoy once in a while.
#. Jia Jia – Happiness Coming
“Happiness Coming” was featured in the Taiwanese drama Rock ‘n’ Road. This is a very calm and steady song, it gives off the feeling of not wanting to give up and hoping for the best no matter what. When I first heard this song, I was in a bad place, so I really needed that message. I am so happy that I discovered Jia Jia through this song because she is an awesome singer and really great at conveying emotions.
#. John Park – Smile
Another John Park song that soothes my soul, it is so soft and cozy. The way he starts the song with such a low register is really captivating. It is the perfect winter song to play while warming up by the fireplace with a cup of warm french vanilla. I specifically stated french vanilla because I do not drink coffee, and I am also not the biggest fan of hot chocolate. Anyways “Smile” is a great cafe mood song. I hope you all enjoy it.
#. Eddy Kim – When Night Falls
“When Night Falls” is the first soundtrack for the Korean drama While You Were Sleeping. I hardly know anything about the singer Eddy Kim, but I acknowledge that he has a lovely voice. I really love the slight whispering/falsettotone that he uses during the chorus of the song. It felt like he was speaking directly to me, and I always enjoy that personal feeling in any song.
#. Akdong Musician(AKMU) – Way Back Home
I absolutely adore Akmu. They have their own unique style. I tend to appreciate such stand-out artists more. I have listened to all their albums, but Winter is my favourite season-themed album. So if you have not listened to this album already, do check it out, and I promise that you will not be disappointed. I decided to add the song “Way Back Home” to this playlist because it is one of my favourite songs from the album.
#. Bii – I Will Miss You
I already wrote about my love for Bii in a previous post, and if you have not read that, here is a link – Star Showcase: BII. “I Will Miss You” perfectly showcases why I love Bii. His songs are so soothing and very easy to remember. All his songs have very catchy melodies that stay stuck in your head for days. Plus, he has a beautiful voice to back that up, so I cannot help but love this artist.
#. Ra. D – Just Missing You
Now the drama for which this song is associated with is quite gloomy. When I first watched the drama Just Between Lovers, I was too focused on the story to notice any of the original soundtracks. I only came to realize the beauty of this song just recently. This is such a well-arranged piece of music, most especially the chorus. I could not help but sing along with the few English lyrics I could understand, and I plan to check out the artist because I AM REALLY IMPRESSED.
#. Akdong Musician(AKMU) – Live
Another great song from Akmu. “Live” is my number one song from the album Winter. I sincerely admire the brother and sister duo, Lee Chan-hyuk, for his songwriting skills and Lee Su-hyun for her vocal talents. Right from the time I saw them in the Korean audition program, Kpop Star, they have never produced a bad song. Like I said, their style is unique, so not everyone might get right into it, but that aside, they are amazing together.
#. Park Hyo Shin – Beautiful Tomorrow
If you do not know of the vocal prowess that is Park Hyo Shin, please waste no more time. I advise that you start with his song, “Wild Flower.” This guy is a vocal beast and never fails to wow his listeners. His music is really touching. He tends to release songs that reflect his life experiences, so that makes it more relatable. This particular song, “Beautiful Tomorrow” is a powerful and smooth ballad, and the entire song is accompanied only by a piano.
#. South Club – Hug Me
Right from his time as a member of the Korean pop group Winner to when he became the main singer for the Korean band South Club. Nam Taehyun has always been one of my top vocalists. He has such a soft and smooth voice. This song “Hug me” is really comforting, but you can still feel the hint of sadness in his voice. I am not certain about the kind of guitar that was used in this song, but South Club definitely has great talents among them.
#. Park Hyo Shin – Breath
Another great song from the master himself. His album I am A Dreamer has a great set of songs to enjoy. My favourites, according to preference, are “Wild Flower,” “Breath,” “Home,” and “Beautiful Tomorrow.” This is another solid ballad from Park Hyo Shin. The message of the song is amazing, so I hope you all enjoy this song, as well.
#. Paul Kim – Me After You
I seem to always find the good songs so late. I need to get my game together and seek out more treasures like this song. This is another beautiful and well-produced piece. Paul Kim’s delivery on this song is charming. “Me After You” is a great love song, and I absolutely enjoy listening to it.
#. Noel – How About You
If you are not aware already, Noel is actually a ballad group consisting of four equally amazing singers. Their voices are so alluring, and I always find myself playing their songs on repeat. They are quite older in the Korean music scene and have earned the well-deserved respect and recognition from other artists. “How About You” is a great release from them, so I hope you all enjoy listening to this song as well.
So there it is, this is the end of my list, but I am sure there many other songs that ooze coziness for this cold winter season. So feel free to leave me your song selections in the comments. To hear the full versions of any of these listed songs Here is a link to the YouTube playlist I created –YouTube Winter Playlist