I had a playlist of songs I listened to when reading Faithful to Buddha, Faithful to You (FBFY). I wish to share it with you all and perhaps they will become your background music as you read my translation. If you guys have any recommendation, feel free to comment and I will try to include them as well.
Here is the link to the full playlist I created on Youtube. The list below includes my explanation for each choice of song and the individual video clip.
- Snow Jade Flower from the Legend of Qin OST, a Chinese animated TV series based on a novel by Taiwanese writer Sayling Wen.
I named this blog after this song because I love it so much. Came across the song by chance after seeing it being recommended by a reader of FBFY. I listened to it so much that now every time I listen to it I recall all the feelings of this novel.
- Hua Xin (Painted Heart) from the OST of the 2008 film Painted Skin.
I have mixed feelings about this film even though I love all the main actors. The song though, is a different matter. So hauntingly beautiful.
- 尘埃 (Dust) by Jiajia from Bu Bu Jing Qing OST (sequel to Bu Bu Jing Xin).
I’d rather pretend the sequel never exists but I quite like this song.
- Another Time, Another Sky – from the OST of Queen Inhyun’s Man.
It is one of my most favorite kdramas of all time, about a Joseon scholar who time travelled 300 years to the future S.Korea in 21st century. The title and lyrics of this song especially make sense for FBFY.
- Bai Tou Yin by Ding Dang – from the Sound of Desert OST (TV series based on Tong Hua’s Da Mo Yao)
If you have read my Translator’s Ramblings P1, you would know what kind of love I have for Da Mo Yao. I also like the TV adaptation. It wasn’t the greatest but I liked Eddie Peng’s potrayal of Huo Qu Bing and I am fond of Liu Shi Shi.
- There is a kind of courage in letting go by Ding Dang – from the Sound of Desert OST
- Three Inches of Heaven by Yan Yi Dan – Bu Bu Jing Xin OST
It’s a classic song and I feel a bit guilty in using this song for FBFY since the feelings I associate with this song are purely BBJX. But since it’s so hauntingly sad I find it sort of fitting too.
- Có Khi Nào Rời Xa (When will parting comes) by Bích Phương
This is a really odd choice since it’s quite modern, what with the saxophone and piano background and all. Except the song is very sad and the lyrics somewhat fitting. I found a link with Eng lyrics so you can read it too.
I also found a flute version for anyone who wants an old Chinese feel.
- 一梦如是 (Like a dream)
It is based on a gatha (verse) in the Diamond Sutra, first translated into Chinese by Kumarajiva, quoted in Ch.17 of FBFY. The video clip used scenes from a Korean documentary on the Silk Road and features an actor as Kumarajiva (whom all the FBFY readers love). Since it is a homage to Rajiva, many Viet readers are fond of this song. I came like this song after I finished reading the novel, as I worked on the translations.
I also found a zither version of the song.