Hey everyone, I am Bryan. Today on Write With Ink, I am going to design Xue Hua Piao Piao. This guy singing a 80s Chinese song somehow got the attention of people and became a meme. Fascinating.
This lyrics is sang by Fei Yu Ching in his song Yi Jian Mei, the part that became a meme is the chorus part. To be honest, I do not think that just the chorus contributed to it becoming a meme, but also the “egg-headed” person filming the Dou Yin (China TikTok). Before we go into the breakdown of the lyrics, I am going to read the lyrics.
雪花飘飘 北风萧萧 xue hua piao piao bei feng xiao xiao 天地一片苍茫 tian di yi pian cang mang
The translation is rather simple, it just means that on a snowy winter, the skies are bright. Yup, that’s it. But, if I change my perspective and look at it from the full context, this song is quite meaningful. From the song title Yi Jian Mei and the lyrics itself, it is a love song based on how a plum blossom works. Plum blossoms is one of the most famous flowers in China and it signifies hope and perseverance due to its special quality which allows it to bloom even during the harshest late winter.
After getting the general idea, there are two challenges presented in this part of the chorus that I am going write. One, the irregular phrase structure makes the arrangement of the words weird to think of. The phrase structure for this is 4-4-6 or 4-4-2-2-2 due to the style of the singer which is different from the typical phrase structure of 4-4 or 7-7-7-7. Two, the two repeated words of difficult structure. Definitely, I can simplify the second word by just drawing two dots after the word written (Yes, this is an applicable rule when writing Xing Shu), but this just looks lazy. So, I am up to the challenge to make them look special.
As usual, I will try out a few iterations, and I will pick two out. We will do some research first.
Here is my final product:
Tell me which one you like more, the one on the right or the one on the left. Leave a comment down below to let me know. If you think where can be improved also, please, feel free to comment down below, it helps me out a lot.
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