I was looking through some of my files today, and came across this list of songs for the series Soulmate, sorted by episode. (I’d found it compiled on a Korean site when first watching the drama, and translated the list.) Those of you who’ve been reading this site for a while know how much I ADORE SOULMATE. Until Flowers For My Life came along earlier this year, it was my favorite all-time drama; now they both share that spot.
Soulmate is also a series that makes serious use of its music; Coffee Prince doesn’t hold a candle to it. CP uses music very well, but it’s rarely a story point; Soulmate lives and breathes music. Songs are woven into the series not only as well-timed background music, but thematically as well. Each episode is, furthermore, titled after a song that is used at some point (with some significance) in the series.
SONG OF THE DAY
Basement Jaxx – “Broken Dreams” [ Download ]
Aside from being genuinely funny and moving, Soulmate takes on the philosophical question of whether soulmates and fate exist, demonstrating the point with each of its pairings. Far from being romanticized, the series doesn’t take up one stance (i.e., True Love is destined) and hammer it home with all its characters — instead, each person occupies a different part of the spectrum on the “Fate is real/Fate is fiction” spectrum. The drama also demonstrates various love truisms via its couples — insights that may sound a bit froofy here but are incorporated well into the storytelling.
For instance, Nouvelle Vague’s “This Is Not a Love Song” acts as the theme song to Episode 1, as one of the characters is tempted to cheat on a lover, and thinks, “The five years I’ve put into this relationship comes crumbling down in this moment.”
Shin Dong Wook, THE consummate player, who knows just how to make women fall for him, starts off treating love as a game, thinking to himself, “Romance makes the lips tremble, but love makes the heart tremble.” The image below encapsulates his romance philosophy, reading, “In the game of love, the one who loves less always has the advantage.”
On the other hand, Lee Soo Kyung, going through romance issues of her own, learns the hard way that “Love isn’t something you need to confirm; it’s something you’re sure of.”
“There’s no such thing as a perfect man or a perfect woman. There are only imperfect men and imperfect women, who come together to make a perfect love.”