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Duduk dengan Senyap

~nggak ada yang bisa ngalahin suara deru mesin, angin yang berhembus, klakson, mesin lagi, angin, klakson~
Pengguna spotify non premium pasti akrab dengan iklan di atas. Walaupun menjengkelkan, perlu diakui bahwa penulisnya cukup mindful ya.
Tidak mudah lho untuk sekedar mendengar suara angin, karena isi kepala cenderung ke sana kemari atau sibuk terisi bagaimana cara mencari distraksi. Iya nggak? 🙂
Secara tidak langsung, si iklan sebenarnya mau memberikan sugesti bahwa kesunyian itu menjemukan.
Bertolak belakang dengan pemikiran tersebut, pada tahun 1952 seorang komposer eksperimental bernama John Cage justru membuat komposisi musik dimana seluruh pemainnya tidak melantunkan nada apapun. Suara apa saja yang muncul selama pertunjukan malahan menjadi komponen utama dari komposisi itu.
Karya yang berjudul 4’33” ini dikenal sebagai karya John Cage yang paling penting dan fenomenal, karena dianggap memunculkan gagasan baru bahwa musik dapat tercipta dari suara apa saja.
Bagi saya gubahan tersebut sangat menarik, terlebih karena ia memaksa kita penontonnya untuk duduk diam bersama sunyi yang sering kita hindari, sehingga akhirnya kita sadar bahwa dalam sepi ada keramaian tersendiri.
Hal serupa bisa ditemukan pada film A Quiet Place. Selain alur cerita dan eksekusinya yang apik, poin horor utama terletak pada bagaimana film garapan John Krasinski ini mengkondisikan kita untuk terpaksa bercengkerama dengan sunyi yang berjalan sangat lambat dan asing.
Secara tidak langsung, sang sutradara sukses membuat kita ketakutan bukan karena suara yang ia ciptakan, melainkan karena ketiadaan suara yang membuat kita tidak nyaman.
Jadi mungkin penting ya untuk menambahkan porsi senyap dalam komposisi satu hari.
Siapa tahu selain bisa menyadari suara deru mesin, angin yang berhembus, dan klakson, kita lebih bisa menyadari suara hati, tanpa perlu merasa asing dan tidak nyaman lagi.
Sudahkah kamu duduk dengan senyapmu hari ini?

Dialog Perahu Kertas

“Carilah orang yang nggak perlu meminta apa-apa, tapi kamu mau memberikan segala-galanya.” – Remi, Perahu Kertas, halaman 427

“Carilah orang yang bisa ngasih kamu apapun, tanpa kamu harus minta.” – Remi, Perahu Kertas 2 The Movie

Mungkin ada alasan mengapa dialog di buku dan di film diputarbalikkan. Atau mungkin mereka sebenarnya diciptakan komplementer satu sama lain.

Male Protagonist in KDrama and Patriarchy

Asia, not to mention this whole world in general, is one of the continent which has a strong patriarchy concept in daily life. Since we’re a kid, they told us a story about Adam, which is a man, was created as the first human, followed by Eve, which is woman, who has to obey all of Adam’s rules. Later on, we will learn that a father is the head of a family, the back bone to support the life financially and usually work outside, and a mother who is role domestically at home. The next thing a little kid can learn is a girl can easily cry anytime she wants, and a boy supposed to hold his tears since he was a boy. Have you heard anything similar? That sounds so unfair for me. Crying is human right, no matter what your sex is.
Nah, since at the very young age, society told us things that create this strong patriarchy concept in our mind, I think it’s natural if we grow up to fill up the role. Men will act tougher; think deeper about the future, make a good career path, how to build the family, and so on. And women will unconsciously believe that the best man will pick her up and bring her up in the next level of life, someday, so she will wait for him beautifully. It’s not how the whole society act actually, it’s just a generalization based on my own observation.
To fulfill the market demands as I describe above, entertainment industry (in this case is KDrama industry) create the story line which mostly put the male protagonist as a hero to take the female lead from zero in the beginning of the movie to be heroine in the end. But then, gradually KDrama industry being greedier and becoming unrealistic to spell all the hopeless audience. I will explain what I mean.
1. Full House (2004)
Male protagonist is a well known actor in Korea named Lee Young Jae meets Han Ji Eun, a clumsy, naive, not really brilliant writer. After series of coincidental luck, Ji Eun becomes a famous writer and married to Young Jae.
2. Princess Hours (2006)
Lee Shin, a crown prince of imaginary Korean Monarchy meets an optimistic girl named Shin Chae Kyung which comes from full of debt family. After series of a very good luck, they end up together happily.
3. Boys Over Flower (2009)
A super wealthy and good looking boy Gu Jun Pyo meets a poor yet full spirited girl Geum Jan Di. After series of megatons of luck they belong to each other in the end.
4. You Who Came from Another Star (2013)
As if a famous actor, a prince, or a super wealthy boy is not enough, KDrama industry create an alien who is able to teleport, live almost like forever, can easily heal himself, have a super power energy, and ability to stop the time, not to mention super smart as well, named Doo Min Joon whom meets a beautiful model with not really beautiful attitude, not to mention not that smart at all, named Cheon Song Yi. After series of bad lucks vs all of alien’s ability, they end up together for certain amount of time and so on.
As I mention above, gradually KDrama become greedier and greedier. In a point of view, they create a very nice story line, brand new series of nowadays Cinderella, so that they’re increasing attention of international market too. But in the other hand, it produces not really good food for people heart (and mind), which is mostly women. It creates delusional perspective that woman at a certain point will meet handsome and/or brilliant and/or super wealthy and/or alien to fulfill her needs. And it creates another burden for man, that he has to be someone like that before meet the right girl. That’s completely fine if you want to think like that actually, but then we have to realize that live is not always happen like a Cinderella story, isn’t it?
Sooo, to balancing perspective from those very patriarchal movie, I will suggest some movies that has quite balance character for both male and female.
1. Reply 1997 (2012)
It’s about a boy named Yoon Yoon Jae and a girl named Sung Si Won that being friend since childhood. They belongs to normal family, so the setting and story line is quite normal compare with 4 previous dramas I told you above. After high school they’re separated for 6 years, and make their own career path then meet up again after.
2. A Gentleman’s Dignity (2012)
An architect named Kim Do Jin meets high school teacher Seo Yi Soo. They meet at their late 30s – early 40s, so they have their own life already, and try to find the way to be together.
As a conclusion, it’s better to set up our own life with or without any partner yet. Learn as many skills as possible so that we don’t have to depend on someone else for so long. Saving so we don’t have to depend or wait for someone else money. Watching KDrama happily, but don’t be fallen into it’s trap that far. Haha. This way, I think life will be much more easier, because hope and hard work are walking hand in hand.

Long Vacation

M : Did you see the movie called “The Graduate”?

      The bride runs away with a man on the day of her wedding.
      It’s dramatic for the person who ran away, but I wonder how the other person felt.
S : There’s no spotlight on the supporting role.
     The camera don’t even go after the supporting role. What rigid rules.
M : The movie?
S : No, life.
M : When will it be my turn?
      What am I doing? I played pachinko all day.
S : Why don’t you think of it this way? It’s a long vacation.
M : Long vacation?
S : There’s no reason to rush.
     There are times when no matter what you do, it doesn’t work out.
     No matter what you do, it’s no good.
     At times like that, it may sound strange but..
     why don’t you think of it as a vacation from God?
     Don’t force yourself. Don’t rush. Don’t try harder.
     Just let everything to take its natural course.
M : Then?
S : Things will improve.
M : Really?
S : Probably.
M : Probably…

A Gentleman’s Dignity ft. Big Baby Driver

I’ve just finished a Korean romantic comedy drama after hibernated from watch any drama for months. And believe me, this drama is great, heart-warming, has something to tell behind its very light story line, just really fine source of entertainment.
The title is A Gentleman’s Dignity. It’s a story about 4 men in their early 40’s. At a first glance it will seems like F4 in middle aged. Haha. 2 of them are architects, with their own bureau, that’s actually the best appealing side from this movie for me. 😀 The smartest among them is an attorney. And the last one is married to a wealthy woman and has his own cafe.
Can you guess who are the architects? 😀
What’s nice about this movie is the story line is not only cycled on 2 main characters. That usually happen in many Korean dramas, when the protagonist’s friend seems like have no life and just appears when the heroine needs help or needs to be listened to. That’s actually seems pitiful, since there’s nothing like that at all in real life. Everyone’s absolutely has their own life. So that, every persons that considered as main role here has their own story line, and I think that the time for airing is quite equal for every characters.
(It will be a spoiler) And what’s great is AGD has a perfect slow motion ending. Usually, Korean dramas have a very critical climax from 2-3 episodes before the final, and just suddenly end whether happily or tragically at half end the final episode. I personally cannot find those kind of dramas is great because it will still left a big question of why, even after the drama’s end. I hate that kind of ending for a drama. And this one is absolutely has a nice way to come to an end.
Comic spoiler for the characters and the main story line. Source
I will just ignore all the mishearing, overhearing, unintended meeting in some random places, and everything like that, since it does happen in almost Korean movie, but still what’s happen here still tolerable. And I will just ignore how everyone have a very great happy ending, because it’s movie after all. We need a positive motivation from everything that we’re consumed, aren’t we?
Additional, the background soundtracks are lovely. Now I’m falling in love with one of the singer named Big Baby Driver. She’s Korean indie singer who’s usually do original soundtrack for dramas. She’s done for Dating Agency Cyrano and King of Dramas as well. Below is my favorite’s from AGD.
Spring I Love You Best
I wish I had someone who suddenly arrived
And show me how the flowers grow and come out in winter field
I wish I had someone new tender to my heart
Someone who will share me precious time
Someday you’ll find me in the hands of the wind 
Somehow you’ll lead me to the warmer nights
Someday you’ll find me in the hands of the wind 
Somehow you’ll lead me to the warmer nights
If I had pretty spring at the corner of my heart
I’ll say goodbye to winter land, you’re so cruel the winter wind
Check the weather through the phone, the number is 131
Don’t you know the truth is in fine weather
(I love you best)
(I love you best)
Someday you’ll (I love you best) find me in the hands of the wind 
Somehow you’ll (I love you best) lead me to the warmer nights
Someday you’ll (I love you best) find me in the hands of the wind 
Somehow you’ll (I love you best) lead me to the warmer nights

Kindly check her light floating voice here and her personal tumblr here. I believe that she should has more listener to her beautiful voice, because it just magically gives you both blue yet warm feeling at a time, it can’t easily describe actually. And she’s doing it perfectly with acoustic guitar.. ^^
The movie and the singer need more audiences, so just watch and listen to it soon.. 🙂 Goodbam, then..