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Sunday, February 05, 2012

This is probably the Chinese song I have heard that I happen to like the most. Again, it's a song from Kelly Cha; this theme of modern lifestyle and how it ...interfaces... with the deepest emotional bonds seems very common in her thematics, and I think the topic is wonderfully dealt with in this lyrics. I waited a bit before deciding to translate this song because I am still very early in my study of the Chinese language; so, in case I got something wrong, I apologize and I am eager to get some comments.

First, let's deal with the details. The title is "每个人心里都有一个路卡", literally, "Every person has a (network) card in the heart". The term "interface" as in "connector" has another "preferred" word in Chinese (which is 接口 - jiē​kǒu - connection port); however, 路卡 - lùkǎ - is still used by specialists to describe the computer cards, especially the network cards, and it's also used sometimes to refer to the user interface (GUI) of a program. It bears an idea of motion and roadways, ad 路 - lù - literally means "road". It is evident that Kelly is using the meaning of "networking, interface" which is associated with this word.

The music is a gentle, cherishing electronic trance tune, where Kelly's warm, embracing voice is just perfect. If you're curious, you can easily find it on Youtube or on the net.

This song tells a story of how's life in this electronic era, in the Age of Information, where humanity is, on one side, pushed aside and turned into bits (in IT terms), but on the other, exalted and important like never before. In this age where computers seems to rule the order of the universe, staying human has become even more important than ever, and while it might be more difficult to hold our own humanity, we became able to express it through new means, or we may say now, through new media.

In this sense, we might now recognize a true interface in our soul ("heart", "soul" and "core" are interchangeable concepts all grouped under the Chinese word 心 - xīn), which allows us to communicate with other human being as never before. While there is a risk to lose our own humanity in the process, there is also the opportunity to enrich it and bring it to a new level of understanding, that was never so near and achievable as in this information era.

And in fact, when listening this song, I feel a bit like being One with the singer, as she probably wanted.