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[Editor’s Pick] No love, no life

Known for his brand of humor and optimism, Crowd Lu has created a bunch of light-hearted and energetic songs. However, as revealed during an interview in 2016, the sunny singer-songwriter was originally a passive child bullied by his classmates. Hoping to be loved, the little Crowd started to develop his own peculiar sense of humor. Sharing similar sentiments with the unassertive Hwa Jia from his family drama A Boy Named Flora A, the musician beautifully conveys the character’s intense yearning for family love in the drama’s theme songs He-R and Bin A Tsai.

A Taiwanese word meaning “small fish,” He-R (Track 1) is a poignant monologue of a lonely man who lives a peaceful life in a new city but finds his life incomplete without love. Comparing the protagonist to a fish migrating back and forth repeatedly, the singer-songwriter reminds people of the fundamental importance of having love in a happy life. Serving as the drama’s opening theme, He-R is an upbeat song featuring a spirited guitar-plucking tune that fits both the drama’s humorous vibe and Hwa Jia’s positive personality. The single version featured in the album, on the contrary, reveals the inner sorrow behind Hwa Jia’s cheerful mask.

While crooning the song Bin A Tsai (“Tomorrow”) in the drama, Hwa Jia expresses a simple yet unachievable wish: watching the sea on his grandmother’s motorbike. With just five lines of lyrics, the depressing guitar-accompanied ballad (Track 2) offers an impactful depiction of the protagonist’s deep longing for his dying grandmother, which provides a strong contrast to his uncles’ bitter dispute over their inheritance.

Mostly written in Hwa Jia’s Taiwanese mother tongue, He-R and Bin A Tsai frankly reflect the character’s feelings of loneliness and depression. Taking a spiritual look at life, Crowd Lu explores the value of love and tells people to treasure their time with loved ones.

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