I can’t remember the last Korean drama I finished (not even Descendants of the Sun, gasp!) before this one, so I’m feeling pretty strongly about this right now—”this” being the 16-episode Age of Youth, which is currently on Netflix as “Hello My Twenties!”
I can’t remember when exactly I heard “Autumn Leaves” for the first time, but there’s a good chance it was in an assembly during middle school. I think our student jazz band performed it, and then I bugged my jazz band friend about what the song was, eager to hear it over and over again after that. The song, all about loss and longing, transpiring parallel to the natural, inevitable progression of the seasons…makes feeling wistful feel so damn good.
So I return to it every fall. Only this time—for the sake of this blog—I discover that it was actually originally a French song! (Pardon my cultural ignorance…) The French version, titled “Les feuilles Mortes” (literally “dead leaves”) gives me all the same wonderful chills. Sadly, I can’t seem to find any covers in Chinese or Korean, but I did find it in Japanese, Spanish, and Italian.
Here now, a few lovely renditions, in English and French.