Ok here’s a shout out to YChase007’s Carrotblossom Birthday Suggestion! Woot! Pinkblossom and I definitely have way too many OST’s to post about so here’s some of my favorites off the top of my head. I’m sure there will be many other Drama OST posts in the future (therefore, insert Part 1).
It Started with a Kiss (Taiwan)
This one is cheating but I like multiple songs in this drama. It Started with a Kiss is one of the classic Taiwanese dramas. It’s based on a manga so don’t expect must believability or normalcy in the plot. There’s recently been a Korean version and a new Japanese version coming out but my heart will forever belong to the Taiwan version. Oh to that summer I spent obsessed with male lead Joe Cheng. Ariel Lin is absolutely adorable too. Great actress, although her character is dumb as a rock in the show. I could only find blurry music videos but this drama is a couple years back so bear with me.
Ok back to the point. The first song I like is 惡作劇(Practical Joke). **SPOILERS** This is referring to Jiang Zhi-shu randomly kissing Yuan Xiang Qin. This is a crucial turning point in the story as the whole time we think its blindly obsessive one-sided love on Xiang Qin’s part. **END SPOILERS** Woohoo for a befitting song and soothing female vocalist.
王藍茵 (Wang Lan Ying) – 惡作劇之吻 (Prank)
Credit: DaWen Chen
The actual opening song is Say U Love Me. This is probably the corniest song ever. Bad English and unclear Taiwan accented Mandarin rap. But I love it! I wanted Joe Cheng to say he loved me!!! I really need to calm down my inner fan girl. But again the drama totally wins by using an complementary music and lyrics. The male and female duet back and forth mirrors the tug of war with the drama OTP’s feelings for each other.
Jason&Lara – Say U Love Me
King of Baking, Kim Tak-goo
I absolutely hands down LOVE this obscure OST in this drama. I’m not familiar with either of the artists (KCM nor Soul Dive). Pinkblossom, do you know these people? But I love the random rap portion, minor sounding key (it probably is in a minor key?), and the melancholy feel of the song. I remember this song being played everytime Kim Tak-goo faced a hardship or was crying. The OST totally lent a modern element to an otherwise semi-olden times makjang. I marathon-ed this drama during finals one quarter. It was a terrible idea, but this song helped me study. Really!!
KCM – Love You To Death (Feat. Soul Dive)
Credit: Kai Ng
Material Queen (Taiwan)
Time to confess: I never watched this drama. The drama had some gorgeous fashion and some really weird fashion. Chinese actress Lynn Xiong is statuesque and beautiful but she has little chemistry with Vanness Wu. I love Vanness Wu though. I don’t think he is has much range as an actor but I’m obsessed with his androgenous, impish, ABC look. I really want all the projects he works on to succeed. Anyways, I’m crazy about this song. It think it sounds much better on this official music video. I’ve watch Vanness’s live performance on last year’s New Year’s Music Program and wasn’t impressed. His vocals weren’t strong enough to keep a high volume throughout his energetic performance. So alas, I resort to this strange MV. One of the things I like about the video is the orchestra portion though. Oyah, it also features Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic. Very refreshing mix. Enjoy!
Van Ness Wu – Is This All (feat. Ryan Tedder)
That’s it for now. I’m tired…more to follow.