I’m now all caught up on That Love Comes, which wasn’t very hard to do since only four episodes have been released so far. It’s slated to be a twelve episode drama, and at thirty-minutes each, this is really a light and airy little cream puff of a love story.
Everyone, and I mean everyone, has been talking about the soundtrack and the cinematography, in that order, with respect to That Love Comes. It’s just shy of breathtaking, and beyond astonishing considering it’s a C-drama produced and aired solely by the online video streaming network Tudou. I’ve found the opening and closing songs, so take a moment to check it out even if you don’t intend to watch this drama. I guarantee you’ll like it.
Before I get started – for those of you asking me where to watch That Love Comes, it’s only available streaming on China’s tudou.com, and I know Viikii is subbing it for the foreign-language speaking audience. I don’t know where to download it.
The ending song of That Love Comes has been one of the hottest search topics in the Chinese portals, and for good reason. It’s called Thank You For Being Wonderful, and is written, produced, and sung by Taiwanese-American musical wunderkind Yen-J. Let me take a step back and just say this – Yen-J did all the background scoring for My Queen and Autumn’s Concerto. A ha, does that catch your attention?
Yen-J is twenty-one year old newcomer to the musical scene, but he’s already a fast-rising star. We can all agree that the soundtrack for Autumn’s Concerto was ahhhhmazing (even if I fall into the minority category of viewers who dropped AC midway after it turned all weepy and lame on me), and I’ve heard nothing but praise for the My Queen score (I have not yet watched that drama).
Yen-J grew up in the US and attended USC. What I love about his singing is that he’s very raw – his Chinese pronunciation sucks, his English is all rapper-wonky, and he kinda of drops his pitch now and then. But when it all comes together I can’t stop listening to that song. His music is heavily influenced by his love of Jazz, and he manages to blend so many different contemporary influences in an organic way. I love it.
MV for Thank You For Being Wonderful (including scenes from That Love Comes, which shows its gorgeous cinematography):
The drama’s opening credit song Dear Stranger is sung by Della, who is also a rising Taiwanese songstress. She contributed two songs to the Autumn’s Concerto soundtrack (the opening credits and an interlude song), and has a lovely controlled voice. All in all, the soundtrack for That Love Comes hits it out of the ballpark. It elevates what is a really ordinary story with some mediocre acting from everything except for Joe into a drama I actually enjoy watching.
Opening Credit Song Dear Stranger by Della: