Taeyeon's Hoa Hoctro Magazine Exclusive Interview 2020

 

The therapy for healing the soul and the chance for new generation idols.

 

HHT: More than 12 years as a member of the “Nation Girl Group” and 5 years as a soloist who highlighted her name in the minds of a lot of Korean people, Taeyeon has become not only a great one in SONE’s heart but also an “idol of idols”.

 

Taeyeon's music is considered as the magical healing flow for the souls. "The voice of a woman who divorced 7 times" knows how to pour solace through her songs. Not only with her voice, but she also sings with her soul - that’s why the feeling in every single sound is felt.

 

“I’m not always singing ballads!” – from the 1st Mini Album <I>, Taeyeon meant what she said. She proved it through her every work since then. Taeyeon’s 2 full albums, 4 mini albums and a number of sucessful singles of diverse genres during her 5 years as a soloist show us her non-stop effort to feed the ones who follow the something special in her music.

 

Since the 3rd Mini Album <Something New>, Taeyeon has got a new color in her music, saying goodbye to the ‘My Voice’ era and getting prepared for the full album ‘Purpose’ with a deeper feeling and a higher narrative. This time the 4th Mini Album <What Do I Call You> continues her creativity instead of staying in a safezone. The album goes deeper into R&B, and several songs are mixed with Hiphop. The instrumentation seems more Indie. It’s something fresh and new in Taeyeon’s music, and this may be her first steps to get into a new era for the third full album next year.

 

Anxiety, introversion…. Some people are worried about these problems for Taeyeon after quite a lot of things occurred to her beloved ones. But after all the unhappy issues, Taeyeon still sings with her beautiful voice as her promise to the ones who “Trust and Listen to Taeng”. She has her music and her SONE. The audience can be relieved: Taeyeon will never be lonely in music. The way she talks about the music is just like that – simple and easy-going like the old days.

 


 

HHT: This is Taeyeon's first comeback after the full album 'Purpose' in 2019. How do you feel after letting your fans hear the new album this time?

 

TAEYEON: I’m so excited. As long as you listen to my music, I'll be patient to release it.

 

HHT: Can you share more about the title song <What Do I Call You>? What is the storyline of this song?

 

TAEYEON: <What Do I Call You> is a song about a girl who doesn't know how to call her ex after they break up? She is thinking thoughtfully. The lyrics remind her of their past and also depict the awkward atmosphere between them in the present.

 

HHT: Which song do you like the most in this 3rd mini album? Tell us the reason please.

 

TAEYEON: I like <What Do I Call You> the best. You know, it's the title song!

 

HHT: Your music is all over the world thanks to your beautiful voice. How do you feel when you hear that your voice is “healing voice”?

 

TAEYEON: Thinking that a lot of people receive healing thanks to my voice makes my day.

 

HHT: Do you have any healing tips?

 

TAEYEON: I go for a walk or write down something.

 

HHT: It's your 13th year already, what are your goals as an artist?

 

TAEYEON: Even though I've done it already, doing concerts is still my big goal.

 

HHT: What do you do in your freetime?

 

TAEYEON: I watch the news, do house chores, or just run some errands in my daily life.

 

HHT: K-POP was and still has a big influence over the world music market, what do you think about the talents and chances of rookies within the last 5 years?

 

TAEYEON: I think it's like a world full of new and brilliant ideas. Combined with the personal basic skills as a foundation, there is great syngery overall. I think all the artists who are active lately are doing very well.

 

HHT: As an SNSD member, you showed yourself as an idol. So as a solo artist, what kind of image do you want to express?

 

TAEYEON: My passion for music is still the same. It's just my color and my direction in music that keeps changing.

 

HHT: A message for Taeyeon of the next 5 years?

 

TAEYEON: “You are always trying your best to become a good singer. Taeyeon ah~ Be proud of yourself!”

 

HHT: Thank you so much for this interview. We wish you a lot of energy and vitality to keep going on your precious music journey!

 

 

Source: Hoa Hoctro Magazine

Translation by ileakty³⁹

 

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[LYRICS] Taeyeon's 4th Mini Album 'What Do I Call You'

 

'What Do I Call You' - The 4th Mini Album

 

Tracklist

 

1. What Do I Call You

2. Playlist

3. To the moon

4. Wildfire

5. Galaxy

6. Happy (CD Only)

 

Listen to the album here!

 

[Lyrics translated by SonexStella]


 

1. What Do I Call You

 

Hello, you stranger 
There's not much left  
Memories, memories, memories 
We said goodbye 
Why are you by my side?  
As is, as is, as is  

In the awkward air 
I laughed, why?  
You were too close 
You were mine  
My honey 
My daisy 

What do I call you 
You're a stranger  
As if not much happened  
I strike up a conversation  
I embraced you tightly like that  
So what do I call you now 

What do I call you 
When it's like this  
Will your name be easy 
As expected   
You were my lover 
My honey 
My daisy 
My only 
So what do I call you now 

It's a complicated night 
With half anticipation, for fun, I 
Call you, call you, call you  
I lean on you who came to get me 
I think, I'm curious 
What's the right distance?  

Cause this isn’t natural 
Seeing you every day  
Now you're someone I know 
You were mine 
My honey 
My daisy  

What do I call you 
You're a stranger  
As if not much happened  
I strike up a conversation  
I embraced you tightly like that  
So what do I call you now 

What do I call you 
When it's like this  
Will your name be easy 
As expected   
You were my lover 
My honey 
My daisy 
My only 
So what do I call you now 

Everything has changed  
It's not comfortable  
You're by my side 
What do I call you now?  
My baby 
My honey 
My daisy 
My only 

Da da da da da da da da 
Da da da da da da da da 
Da da da da da da da da 

So what do I call you now 

Da da da da da da da da 
Da da da da da da da da 
Da da da da da da da da 

So what do I call you now 

What do I call you 
You're a stranger  
Will your name be easy 
As expected   
I embraced you tightly like that  
So what do I call you now

 


 

2. Playlist

 

Listen to my favorite song 
I want to listen with you 
I put it in thinking of you 
The story of two of us  

I'm shy at the familiarity 
Words I couldn't say to you 
Fill it with words of songs 
I want to let you hear it all  

Play this song for me 
Can you hear my heart? 
Melody that resembles us 
I place it as is by your ears  

Can you feel it? 
That moment, that day's feeling 
Oh I love, Oh I love, 
Oh I love the way we flow 

La da da la da di 
Oh I love, Oh I love, 
Oh I love the way we flow 
La da da la da di 
Oh I love, Oh I love, 
Oh I love the way we flow 

All of my seasons 
All of your moments 
Contained in the songs and remain as is 
Blow over like the wind 
Becomes a dream that you can't wake from, with you 
I want to sing a song for you that won't change  

Play this song for me 
Can you hear my heart? 
Melody that resembles us 
I place it as is by your ears  

Can you feel it? 
That moment, that day's feeling 
Oh I love, Oh I love, 
Oh I love the way we flow 

La da da la da di 
Oh I love, Oh I love, 
Oh I love the way we flow 
La da da la da di 
Oh I love, Oh I love, 
Oh I love the way we flow

 


 

3. To the moon

 

I don't have words I want to say, vacantly 
My thoughts stop, as if it's broken 
I'm lethargic, my two feet are heavy 
Let's go wherever, open that door 

Today and tomorrow that's like yesterday 
Like sighs that repeat 
Round and round, I'm bored 
Will you take me out?  

Throw away the thoughts  
Throw away, disappear  
Wherever it is, I like it  
Take me away 

Drive into the moon 
Drive into the moon 
To above the clouds, woo 
Drive into the moon 

Fluttering ears, sulking mouth 
If I'm with you, everything is new 
I will take you out, no 
Will you take me out? That's what I want.  

Fly away, goodbye 
Fly away, wave your hand  
Do we need any more words? 
Hurry and take me away  

Drive into the moon 
Drive into the moon 
To above the clouds, woo 
Drive into the moon 

On a day when your mood is dragging on the ground 
On a day when my heart doesn't feel like my heart 
Lift your head and look at the sky 
Close your two eyes and into deep sleep  

Dive into the moon 
Dive into the moon 
This song is for you 
This song is for you 

Dive into the moon 
Dive into the moon 
This song is for you 
This song is for you

 


 

4. Wildfire

 

It burns even more red 
It's okay if it spreads farther 
So that my surprised heart 
Burns up 

Spreading the parched emotions 
Long past the frigid seasons 
Spreading my heart into the night 
Your very red shudders 

Flutters that will become the wind 
Filled with it, when we stand facing each other 
The small and delicate embers inside of me  
Run the wide fields afar   

Cause we’re wildfire 
Spread toward each other  
We’re wildfire 
Embrace even more and burn up  

With each breath of yours, burning  
When I feel your heart  
I feel like I love you yeah 
I feel like I love 
I feel like I love you yeah  

Move without a moment's hesitation 
Your unhindered appearance pulls me in  
Between the open hands  
In the even deeper gazes 
When we're engulfed  

Like the red waves that crash 
And overtake our souls 
Deep hearts are jumbled up in that night 
A pull that I can't keep at bay  

Beyond warmth 
I want that temperature 
A trail of fire that's already into dawn  
Swallowed the deep darkness  

Cause we’re wildfire 
Spread toward each other  
We’re wildfire 
Embrace even more and burn up  

With each breath of yours, burning  
When I feel your heart  
I feel like I love you yeah 
I feel like I love 
I feel like I love you yeah 

I feel like I love you yeah 
I feel like I love you

 


 

5. Galaxy

 

It's a small, remote island here 
Even if you look around  
In the long endless night 
I lose my way again 

Crouched body  
Footsteps that have reached me 
With that familiar warmth 
Wake, wake, wake me  

In the same place 
Waited together every day 
In my world 
With your warm voice 
You told me to dream good dreams now  
I don’t wanna fall asleep without you 

Only galaxy 
Light that embraces me 
After darkness passes 
I see, see, see you 
Warmth getting closer with each step 
Spreading out inside of you 
My small, small, small universe  
Like you 

With your back turned, 
You motion to me with your hand to follow  
As if letting me know the answer 
The star lights hang in the sky  

My yesterday that was lonely 
Becomes the background in the shining night 
I'm not afraid anymore 
It's filled with you 
The place I've been searching for a long time 
Rest comfortably here before you go  
I don’t wanna fall asleep without you 

Only galaxy 
Light that embraces me 
After darkness passes 
I see, see, see you 
Warmth getting closer with each step 
Spreading out inside of you 
My small, small, small universe  

That night I made a wish 
It reached me as one ray of light  
Coming across and meeting you 
At the end of this long journey 
The dream that unfolds in the eyes that have met 
Now it's clear  
I need someone like you 

Shining galaxy 
Light that embraces me 
After the cloud passes 
I see, see, see you 
Warmth getting closer with each step 
The voice that called me  
My small, small, small universe

 


 

 

Lyrics translated by @SonexStella

Graphics by @309KTYSS

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