Sunday, April 25, 2021

Present: exile

 2/3

I can see you standing, honey
With his arms around your body
Laughin', but the joke's not funny at all
And it took you five whole minutes
To pack us up and leave me with it
Holdin' all this love out here in the hall

亲爱的,我看的见你站在那里
他的手搂在你身上
笑着跟本不好笑的笑话
你只花了五分钟的时间
结束了我们,留下我一个人
在走廊里守护这余温
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I think I've seen this film before
And I didn't like the ending
You're not my homeland anymore
So what am I defending now
You were my town
Now I'm in exile, seein' you out
I think I've seen this film before

我好像看过这部电影
并不喜欢这结局
你已经不是我的家园
那我还在坚守什么
你曾是我的故乡
现在放逐的我,看着你离去
我想我看过这情节
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I can see you starin', honey
Like he's just your understudy
Like you'd get your knuckles bloody for me
Second, third, and hundredth chances
Balancin' on breaking branches
Those eyes add insult to injury

亲爱的,我看你在盯着我们
好像他只是你的替补
好像你要为我把他打的遍体凌伤
一次又一次的机会
在断开的树枝上平衡
你现在的眼神只是雪上加霜
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I think I've seen this film before
And I didn't like the ending
I'm not your problem anymore
So who am I offending now
You were my crown
Now I'm in exile, seein' you out
I think I've seen this film before
So I'm leavin' out the side door

我好像看过这部电影
并不喜欢这结局
我不再是你的麻烦了
那我现在又冒犯了谁
你曾是我的皇冠
现在放逐的我,看着你离去
我想我看过这种情节
所以我就先走一步了
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So step right out, there is no amount
Of crying I can do for you
All this time
We always walked a very thin line

You didn't even hear me out (You didn't even hear me out)
You never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)

走就走吧,我没有办法
为你哭泣
一直以来
我们总是忐忑不定
要你听我说都不愿意(你连听都不愿意)
你从来没给我警示(我暗示了好多次)
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All this time
I never learned to read your mind (Never learned to read my mind)
I couldn't turn things around (You never turned things around)
'Cause you never gave a warning sign (I gave so many signs)
So many signs, so many signs
You didn't even see the signs

一直以来
我没学会读懂你的心思(没学会读懂我的心思)
我没办法挽回这一切(你没有挽回这一切)
因为你从来没给过我警示(我暗示了好多次)
好多次的暗示,好多次的暗示
你就是没看见
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It's like I'm looking in this time, but all too familiar.

Saturday, April 24, 2021

Past: cardigan

1/3

A friend to all is a friend to none
Chase two girls, lose the one
When you are young, they assume you know nothin'

若都是朋友就是没有知己
脚踏两船,得不到唯一
当你年轻时,他们都觉得你什么都不懂
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But I knew you
Playing hide-and-seek and giving me your weekends, I
I knew you
Your heartbeat on the high line, once in 20 lifetimes, I

但我懂你
一起玩捉迷藏,于我共度每个周末
我懂你
你的心从未如此悸动,是20个来生里第一次
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To kiss in cars and downtown bars was all we needed
You drew stars around my scars
But now I'm bleedin'

其实我们只求于在车里,酒吧里接吻
你曾在我的伤疤周围点缀闪亮星星
如今我却还是心如刀割
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'Cause I knew you
Steppin' on the last train, Marked me like a bloodstain, I
I knew you
Tried to change the ending, Peter losing Wendy, I
I knew you
Leavin' like a father, running like water, I
And when you are young, they assume you know nothing

因为我懂你
踏上了末班列车,像血迹般标记我
我懂你
尝试改变结局,皮特失去了温蒂
我懂你
像离家出走的父亲,哭的一败涂地
当你年轻时,他们都觉得你什么都不懂
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But I knew you'd linger like a tattoo kiss
I knew you'd haunt all of my what-ifs
The smell of smoke would hang around this long
'Cause I knew everything when I was young

但我知道你会像嘴唇纹身一样回荡
我知道你会出没于我所有的遐想
烟味会在此弥漫不散
其实我年轻时什么都懂
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I knew I'd curse you for the longest time
Chasin' shadows in the grocery line
I knew you'd miss me once the thrill expired
And you'd be standin' in my front porch light
And I knew you'd come back to me
You'd come back to me
And you'd come back to me
And you'd come back

我知道我会诅咒你许久
在超市里不断追寻着身影
我知道当激情消失后你会想念我
然后站到我家门口
我知道你会回到我身边
你会回到我身边
你会回到我身边
你会的
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And when I felt like I was an old cardigan
Under someone's bed
You put me on and said I was your favorite

当我觉得自己是一件被人遗忘的旧毛衣
堆积在某人的床底下
你将我穿上,说我是的你的最爱
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"Peter losing Wendy" refers to the story of Peter Pan.

I took some liberties at "Leavin' like a father, running like water" and pegged it to be of tears running, I've seen some versions where it refers to the father running away faster with the water.


Sunday, April 4, 2021

This is... Ashe

I have never heard of Ashe until this song came on as part of YouTube's recommendation.

The lyrics are so personal that I was wondering if it was personal experience.
Turns out it was.

I'm not going to repeat what the video at the end is going to tell you, but this talks a lot about her journey and how she came about to write this song about her ex-husband.

Moral of the Story - Ashe


This song is produced by FINNEAS, as in, Billie Eilish's brother.
Side note: I've been identifying music producers/song writers that I vibe with, him and Ryan Tedder seem to be my jam.

Released on Valentine's Day 2019, it got mainstream only when the 2nd film in the "To All the Boys" trilogy featured it... one year later. I only watched the clip at which it was featured, I laughed, I think it's too young for the situation that this track is talking about.

A duet version with One Direction-er Niall Horan was released in June 2020, the 2nd verse is changed from the personal story about painting houses to something more contemporary.

I moved this song into the playlist I made for acceptance.
"Some mistakes get made
that's alright, that's okay
in the end it's better for me, 
that's the moral of the story"

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I like to think that with her new duet with FINNEAS  "Till Forever Falls Apart", she's moved on to a more optimistic portion of her life.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Minari: what it means to be foreign

After I saw Minari, I told someone that I found it "generic".

I would like to take that statement back.

Minari is a 2020 film starring Steven Yuen, Han Ye-ri, Alan Kim, Noel Kate Cho, Youn Yuh-jung.

A Korean family that moved to Arkansas from California to start a new life, along with their daughter and son. 

I see a dad trying his hardest to make something of himself. To have a new start. I see a mother trying desperately to keep their children safe and well. The clashes and fights that happen because of this. Hard to say, if there weren't any kids in the picture, if they would still be together.

I see a child trying to wrestle with his health, his bed wetting and his new grandma that came into his house.

It won "Best Picture - Foreign" at the Golden Globes.

Is it foreign because of the language that they were talking in? 

Is it foreign because it features an Asian cast?

Detailing their trials and tribulations, their fight for the American Dream. Is that foreign? 

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I found it generic... because I've seen it, I've heard it, hell, I lived through some of it. 

Being so happy to the point of crying because of chilli powder? Been there with salt water popsicles. True story, I happily drove to a supermarket super out of the way to get that. Paid like 5x the cost. Best time ever.

A lot of the stand ups that feature immigrant comedians already covered these scenarios a lot. In my mind, I thought it was already well known. I realized then, perhaps the same as what I said in my writeup of The Farewell, people who understood the situation laughed because they could relate, people who didn't understand laughed because the situation described was just plain absurd to them.

What I realized... is that we downplay a lot of the experiences that we went through. We downplay them because people:

  • won't understand
  • can't relate
  • treat any experience that's out of the norm as foreign (and in turn weird, if not hostile)

The events of this week, the spa shootings and the subsequent coverage of said shootings, tells me that representation matters.

It's great that Minari is here this year, just as The Farewell was there 2 years ago. Stories, that are told, and shared, most importantly, recognized.

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Minari is also a vegetable that's also used in Korean cooking. Known for its resiliency, and its ability to adapt and grow. 

Fitting that it is worked into the film and used as the title.

Resiliency. Adaptability.

Just like minari, we'll do the same.


Thursday, March 11, 2021

Cake

He was crossing the road, warm day, picking up some groceries.

He saw her. Though, she looked disheveled, unsure of her surroundings. Not going to lie, he thought she was one of the homeless wanting some change.

Unconscious biases can be tricky to dismantle, as he walked past she reached out to him, trying to flag him down.

In that moment, he stopped playing his music.

"Hi, can you help me take a picture?"

"A picture?"

"Yes, a picture with my cake".

She started moving towards her belongings, among them a cake bought at the local grocery store.

"Sure, of course."

She gestured to give him the phone. He thought about the pandemic and how this person was an unknown... then he saw the words on the cake. It read... "Happy birthday"

"Yes I just want a picture with my cake, it's my birthday."

"It's your birthday? Wow, happy birthday!"

"Yes, can you please take a picture with me and the cake in it? Please make sure to get the words on the cake."

"Absolutely"

Fidgeting around with the phone, he took multiple pictures of her with the cake, making sure that she had copies in both portrait and landscape. 

"Well, I did what I could." He hands her the phone back.

"Thank you so much."

"Happy birthday again!" He walks away smiling to her, then sighed.

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If it wasn't for the current circumstances... would she have been standing alone in the street, asking a random stranger to take a photo of her with her cake?

Her name is Jenna.