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Let Me Hear Your Song: Episodes 1-4 Open Thread

KBS’s newest mystery rom-com just premiered, and yes, it’s every bit the genre mash-up we were expecting. With a little bit of music, a lotta bit of humor, and a whole lot of mystery — so far it’s a well-told story with some great characters (and a lot of questions).

  
EPISODES 1-4 WEECAP

The drama opens with our amnesiac + insomniac heroine HONG YI-YOUNG (Kim Se-jung) counting upwards of 45,000 sheep. For a girl with a sleeping problem — and a memory problem — she’s an absolute gem. She practices on her timpani with determination and discipline, even though she’s already failed 17 orchestra auditions. She works odd jobs, mostly as a designated driver, and remains remarkably persistent and optimistic. It’s her voice that narrates the drama, and it’s her story that’s about to unfold.

One rainy night, a stranger in her neighborhood offers her an umbrella. We later learn that he’s the pianist JANG YOON (Yeon Woo-jin), but to start he’s just a weird guy in a black hoodie. Yi-young and Jang Yoon run into each other regularly in the neighborhood, and one interaction is more hilarious than the next. He tells her he will do anything for money, and winds up with the nightly job of calling her at 11:50PM to sing her to sleep.

Even when Yi-young catches a break, she can’t catch a break. The new “passionate” orchestra director NAM JOO-WAN (Song Jae-rim, killing it so far) might have let her into Shinyoung Orchestra as the second timpanist, but it’s going to be an uphill climb. Not only is she off to a rocky start (once again accidentally flinging her mallet across the room), but the orchestra is a microcosm of drama.

There’s a hierarchy akin to any high school, a secret paparazzo that wreaks social havoc on the orchestra’s forum — and there’s a new first chair violinist (and obvious female antagonist), HA EUN-JOO (Ji-yeon). Oh, and Yoon also shows up as the orchestra’s new pianist. He and Yi-young sure seem fated to meet, and if this was just a rom-com the story would rely on that — but the mystery half of the drama makes it clear to us that Yoon knows a whole lot more about her past than Yi-young does. Ahh!

While we’re being entertained with scenes of Yi-young and Yoon interacting (these two are so great together onscreen), we’re also slowly clued in on Yi-young’s backstory.

“This is definitely not a love story,” Yi-young warns us, “It’s the story of a journey. The dark, vague, cruel journey to find my lost memories.” Though she marches forward as though nothing is holding her back, she’s actually lost all her memories from the summer of the previous year. And occasionally, those repressed memories (a creepyass knife, a ring on a man’s finger) are triggered by stimuli around her.

For a genre oversaturated with stories of repressed memories and bouts of amnesia, I really liked this drama’s take on it. It felt mysterious (instead of eyeroll boring), and the genre mash-up helped keep it feeling new. While a part of me feels like maybe I should have gotten tonal whiplash, for some reason it totally worked.

And not only did it work, but I enjoyed it to the max, and was actually pretty impressed with how the drama switched tones with so much agility. You’re crying with laughter one second, as Jang Yoon sings in the most godawful voice-cracking way you can imagine (it’s even funnier the second time!). Then, half a second later when he opens his piano bench to reveal a creepy secret, you’ve got the goosebumps instead.

I couldn’t have enjoyed these premiere episodes more. The characters are great, and the storytelling is quite well-paced. And there’s also the music component, which adds such a nice dimension to the drama. From Mozart to Tchaikovsky to Chopin, Let Me Hear Your Song uses some great classical music not only in the drama, but as a soundtrack to it.

Sometimes strange things lure me into watching a drama, and with Let Me Hear Your Song, it was entirely the fault of this poster featuring Kim Se-jung with a tortured facial expression, and some fluffy sheep around her as she tries to sleep. Can a poster really set the tone for a drama? Can Let Me Hear Your Song be every bit as cute, comical — and creepy — as the poster promised? *Cue the orchestra* So far, the answer is a very dramatic yes.

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I have only seen Sejong in School 2017 and I loved her!!! Tell me she looks and sounds older here! Because the RL age difference of 12/13 years between the leads is really making me super uncomfortable!

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Me too, and she's just as fantastic here! (Also, I felt no squickiness)

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Me too, I loved her in School 2017. In fact she and Kim Jung-hyun were amazing in that drama.

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She looks and sounds older here. Sejong's character here is 24/25 n international age, Sejong herself is days away from her 23rd birthday? She's the right age for 5he character. Yeon Woojin on the other hand, does look older/to be in his 30s. No mention of what his age is.

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Her character is 27 years old... It was mentioned clearly in episode 3/4 when she was helping Nam to buy necklace. Nam asked how old she is....

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Yup, that's in Korean age. Wait so that makes her 25/26 in international age. Sejong turns 23 in a couple of weeks so I think age-wise, she's good.

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I actually don't mind this paring. I don't know, when I watch a Clean with a Passion, I felt awkward. This one not so much.

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I have been waiting for this one. For me the hook was how a stranger was going to be her insomnia cure.....with his bad singing. Now though all the mishmash parts have me interested.
I am so glad the amnesia is centered on a certain time frame and from her recent past as it makes it much more compelling and creepy. It helps that we start after the incident and are, for the most part, following Yi Yong so that we are just as much in the dark as she.
I think that Kim Se-jung is doing a great job and holding her own in the middle of all these characters. The other actors are new to me but they did not come to play, especially the men at the forefront. They have definitely brought some charisma even if one of them occasionally turns creepy. That moment after the first lullaby call made me gasp.
Also, though a bit confused as to how everyone knows each other I appreciate that the writer respects the audience enough to just start the story with out any awkward exposition or a ton of flashbacks.
I do wish that our heroine was better at the timpani. It was hard to watch the practice scene when everyone was glancing at her and she is so happy playing though in the blind audition they responded well.

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Between this and Devil, which one should I start?
decisions. decisions.

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My vote is clear ^^

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They are the two dramas I'm watching. So far I like them both, so I vote just watch both.

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Have too many dramas on my plate! Will start with this one since many people said positive things about the classical music. I am not music trained but I enjoy dramas/movies with classical music.

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Pop music vs classical music, if you really have to choose one.

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I enjoyed the premiere. The cast are doing a solid job. I like the characters so far. Yi Young is spunky and she has a very nice family (uncle,aunt and I assume cousin). She is very positive but also realistic. I rolled my eyes when Yi Young said she spent 800dollars with a 10 month installment to but her young boyfriend a jacket, but...that is what some people do: spend ridiculous amounts of money for loved ones but save money when it comes to their ownselves.

The age gap I can deal with for now. I don't know how old the characters are, they might be about the same age in the drama. Hahahah

I have a soft spot for T-ARA and was intrigued by the intial character stills. I don't think I've watched any SJR, JY and KSJ projects, the only YWJ role I remember is Jae Kyung's bro from YWCFTS.

Other than that, I like that music is embedded in the storyline. I hope it remains true to the music theme and we get see as much music moving forward as the mystery unravels. I really like the art in the recent bunch of KBS dramas, I still can't let go of how full of art Perfume was. 😆

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For me, this one had a good start, but has the potential to be a complete train wreck. It's a mishmash of genres right away - Sejong appears to be in a slice of life, whereas everyone else is in a makjang - and I don't know what route the show will end up taking. So I'm cautiously optimistic.

Gotta say the soundtrack here is fantastic. Classical music through and through. Very fitting for the show. Music is interwoven into the fabric of these two episodes like it was in To.Jenny, and ultimately that is what is bringing me back for the next episode, next week.

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Yes to the interwoven music. Add to that the musical perspective is from a timpanist, which I haven’t seen before. Really promising!

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I had no expectations going into the premiere week, and was pleasantly surprised at how much I enjoyed it. I loved the music (Minus the tone deaf singing. My goodness that was bad, and kudos to whoever did that so masterfully. I will, however, be muting that in future episodes.)

I would also like to say that I'm liking this trend of wee-caps to give Beanies a place to discuss dramas that DB just doesn't have the capacity to fit in the full recapping schedule.

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I enjoyed the first two eps (4 new count) more than I expected... I look forward to see where this will go, but so far I really like what I'm seeing! I like the music, I like the suspense aspect and the comedic/drama aspect, and I am interested in all the characters (especially the 3 main characters). This has the potential to either turn out really good or a complete mess, and I'm really hoping that it will turn out good!

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I missed so much charming Yeon Woo Jin! He was so serious in Judge vs Judge.

Otherwise, the story is really weird and can become a big mess, but the characters are fun for now.

The first classical piece took me back to Nodame Candabile (Japanese version) :)

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I enjoyed it a lot ..and the classical musician side of me is going to watch it till the end even if it becomes a mess LOL.(Not to mention that I was getting so tired of watching prosecutors, defective,CEO ....in the dramas ). The paradox between the geners is interesting to me if the writer manages to keep it steady . The female lead iThe male lead is SO misterious and I love it . ..And I'm also loving jenny ^_^ (she was Chan's no . 1 fan in 30 but 17 and she's CUTE^_^)

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I have trust in KBS Monday dramas. I have yet to be dissappointed since My Fellow Citizens. I hope IWHYS continues the streak 😆 hehehe

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No wonder Jenny looks familiar 😂

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I liked some aspects of the premiere, but for me a lot of times it verged on turning into disjointed mess, I liked Sejoeng daily shenanigans and orchestra drama, but mystery part wasn't executed that good imho, maybe because I didn't feel Yeon Woo Jin acting in those parts.

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Hahaha. Yesss. I love it. It's so weird. The characters are wack. Like, what is Yeon Woo-jin's deal? I should just be creeped out by him, but instead I'm only about 25% creeped out and 75% amused, charmed, ecstatic because finally he is getting a charismatic, fun, intriguing character in a drama I'm actually interested in! I'm sorry, guys. It's just...it's been 5 years since Marriage, not Dating and clearly I have been waiting for a role precisely like this one for him.

Back when many were snarking the show for its ridiculous genre mashup, I was admittedly in the minority of being drawn to the insomniac in need of tone-deaf singing plot. Because I found it quirky and I have not been disappointed. Lol, I also found YWJ's horrible singing hilarious in MnD so low-key just loved that they cast him for this.

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Yasss, I cracked up when he sang that song. I love him in marriage, not dating too, and he looks pretty myteriously interesting here too.

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I really like the mash-up of genres this show has given us so far because it works! This show reminds me of The Last Empress, except this one isn't a makjang (at least, not yet).

But it was episode 1's ending scene that sold me. What is Yoon exactly? Is he just a man needing a job that coincidentally got involved with the incident Yi-young was in? Or is he a detective/private investigator that knows how to play the piano? Or is he a killer!? I HAVE SO MANY QUESTIONS!

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I think he knew the victim. But yes, his part is very mysterious for now.

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The victim was his bro. The synopsis is his bro got killed, bro's girlfriend is Yi Young. The dress Yi Young wore the night she witnessed(?) the murder is the same dress as the one Yoon has of bro and Yi Young in the phone. Story has it, bro was going to introduce Yi Young to Yoon. But he got killed....and mystery....source: soompi forum ahaha

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Soooo..Yoon approached Yi Young fully knowing who she is, and has an agenda..to uncover the truth of the incident. Though I do wonder where are the cops in the murder case, considering Yoon seems to be investigating on his own, and he has a piece of crucial evidence. Unless he's also an undercover cop...*theory running wild* hahahaha

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Class of Lies and makjang shows made me think anyone can be an undercover cop/lawyer. HAHA. And I do not go to Soompi forums so this clears some things up. Thank you, Katak! I'm thinking the knife was only used by Yoon to stimulate Yi-young's memory or he just likes it...

I do want to know how both Joo-wan and Eun-joo fits the equation too. We haven't been given clues on that yet.

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@sensationalfantasy I think Yoon thinks Yi Young is the murderer. Luckily Yoon is not murderous per say, if he was he would have killed Yi Young from the get go. Hahaha. Seems like he genuinely wants to know the truth.
This is Yoon's real identity as per drama synopsis

His real name is Jang Dohun. 1 year ago, his brother died from a suspicious accident after orchestra practice, on the day tested he wants to introduce someone. Dohun knew who is the person his brother wanted to introduce. It was Iyoung, his brother's lover. After the brother's death, Iyoung is the key to solve all the mysteries related to death. He is now trying to approach her as it's a confidence and dig out the secrets that lie in her lost memories...

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Thanks for this! HAHA. I actually watched this drama without reading the available character descriptions so this opened my half-closed eyes

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The victim was not a girl?

That Yoon approached Yi Young with a goal is pretty obvious.

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Nope. Not a girl. The ring is the clue. The victim wore the same ring as the one in the picture. Hence the reason they show the hand during the flashbacks.

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@katakwasabi I remember the ring but I thought the body was a girl.

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@kurama The ring was worn by the guy in the pic. At first, I didn't know the gender too until I read the drama synopsis. Then it all clicked..hehe

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Yeon Woo Jin creeps me out as Jang Yoon. Like is this the same fluffy, adorable bosseu in Introverted Boss lol. If I was Yi Young I'll move out from the neighbourhood :/

Anyway hopefully this drama stay interesting till the end and not making me drop in the middle.

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I am really enjoying this drama so far. I binge watched the first 4 episodes and time just flew by which is a good sign. Also, as a Kim Se Jeong fan, I like how the drama has given her the opportunity to show her acting range (which has been exceptional given that this is only her second drama). Hoping the show doesn't go sideways due to the weird mashup of genres.

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I'm enjoying it so far. The comical aspect makes me lol (there's nothing funnier than Jang Yoon singing very badly with such serious expression and gestures) and the creepy aspect creeps me out.

The cast is good with good chemistry. Song Jae-rim ❤

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This bizarre little show is much better than I thought it would be. I'm enjoying it so far, but I have no idea if it'll continue being good or devolve into a nonsensical mess later. Either way, I'm along for the ride.

I like the quirky characters a lot. Yi-young is a lovable mess, and I feel her pain on the insomnia front. Watching her trying to fall asleep was almost stress-inducing for me it felt so familiar. Yoon is so strange but also likable. I'm interested in his goal in approaching Yi-young. Is he just trying to find out the truth or is there more he's trying to accomplish?

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Ah... i tried to not watch it but this post totally motivated me. So... I'm back after watching those 4 first episodes...
It could become such a bad drama... But it's really surprising ? Like everything seems like it could be a drama we have already seen, but made in a new way. I don't know how scared i'm supposed to be of the ML. We just know "it's not a love story" when everything screams rom-com, from the poster to the genre it's supposed to be.
I'm loving the pace so far too. I hope it keeps being exciting like this.

Aaah... i really should stop testing new dramas when i should be writing my thesis... Why is everything more interesting than my thesis...

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Dramas are the bane of thesis-writers and procrastinators ;)

Speaking from experience, the only way I finished my thesis was giving myself a specific aim (say, write 500 words/read 3 articles in a day) and reward myself with dramas AFTER I had achieved my aim. Good luck!

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Definitely ! lmao

I honestly have pretty much given up... But i'm going to try that from tomorrow ! Thank you for your advices ! ;) Hope it work with me too !

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The first few eps were intriguing enough to make me watch the next episode. Jumping into this knowing nothing and being on the same page with Yi-Young regarding her memories keeps me interested.

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Yeon Woo-jin appears to be virtually unchanged since "Marriage not Dating" back in 2014. Which I guess shouldn't be surprising. That's only 5 years, after all. But it feels like 2 lifetimes ago in the K-drama universe.

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I enjoyed the first two episodes but throughout the orchestra I couldn't help but think they reminded me a _lot_ of Mozart in the Jungle (Amazon Original), so I re-watched a bit of it, and even the maestro's introduction with the rose scene was the same! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBwI6U8ZlFE

Mozart in the Jungle is a drama about the lives of the musicians at the New York Symphony. It's a love story, first and foremost between the musicians their music and all the hard work and sacrifices they make to keep playing, but we also see Rodrigo, the eccentric maestro and Hailey, the new oboist and their love stories as well.

Like in this drama, Hailey is given a chance to play with the Symphony after the Maestro is impressed with her passion, but the rest of the orchestra snubs her, assumes she slept with him to get the part, the first chair oboist is just nasty to her, and Hailey messes up on the stage. When she's desperate to be a part of the symphony at any rate, Maestro tells her he needs an assistant...

The preview for episode 3 shows us that we see something similar happening in this drama as well.

So now I'm really curious to see how they'll mash up this whole story line with the murder mystery, and if the similarities extend beyond this.

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It's like riding an emotional roller coaster watching this drama. A mixture of slice-of-life, musical, rom-com, and even melo with a massive hint of mytery along the whole way. Not sure if I like being pushed one way and then pulled to the opposite direction in a matter of secs, it's kinda confusing. Dont know if this is a trend for KBS because I felt the same with Dan, Angel's last mission, the previous drama on the network.

Anyway, I like the leads interaction and Yeon WooJin is as great as usual. Hopefully they can keep their charm as the mytery unfold.

As much as I like Song JaeRim, I even root for him to get a lead role, I have to complaint. But he is just being himself here-the same character he always take even in We Got Married. IDK, I just want to see him take a leap role and grow as an actor. Same goes for JiYeon. I'm wating for the day she can take off her eye liner (together with her icy face) and take some challenging role I know she is capable of.

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I’ve caught up to this week’s episodes and my first inclination was that Yoon was a grim reaper or ghost of the dead man in the memories. No fantasy in this one, right? I’m enjoying this one too. Impressed at the fake violin, piano, timpani and cello playing so far! And the music is all recognizable as well, but not overly played. Which is nice too!

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So no need for TwoSet to roast it? heheheh

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The only thing I would say is that the SL has a stiff bow hold, but technically correct. Also, she does a better job than most looking like her bow actually could play what you’re hearing. I should actually send them the clip if her playing in the jazz bar for them to tell everyone what she’s doing right!

And there’s a melon melona bar sighting in this one! Yoon looking oh-so-scrumptious eating it! I’ll have to gif it for the fan wall.

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Pfahaha yay! No sacrilegious awards today!

Oooh please do.

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Not completely hooked to this drama, but it's interesting enough.
I also think that Yoon believes Yi-Young to be the murderer, or at least to have caused (directly or indirectly) the murder.

What I don't understand is why the new maestro is also interested in Yi-Young since last year / the accident? Could he be the real culprit and is keeping an eye on Yi-Young?

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I dont trust Yoon at all. he knows who she is and her past and purposefully approached her. i hope he is not a bad guy/stalker but i am getting those vibes from him

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Who knew that my favourite part of this show would be the tone death singing? Yeon Woo Jin is such a versatile and talented actor.

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His singing is what I sound like with my headphones. I sound amazing, then they come off and I sound horrible.

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In EP 15 it starts with an instrumental song, can anyone help me with the name of the background song

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