E編:誰說情人節的歌裡唱的都是別人的故事?很多時候,往往是在歌詞中找到共鳴,來自英國的線上家教Finn Jones老師,不只推薦了這首出現在1998年的電影City Of Angels中的歌曲Iris,也分享她充滿變化、別具意義的情人節。

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“And I'd give up forever to touch you/ Cause I know that you feel me somehow”

Love how it starts with “and,” do not attempt this at home, kids! The track sounds familiar, doesn’t it? Lead Goo from the American rock band, Goo Goo Dolls, Johnny Rzeznik wrote this song for the 1998 film City Of Angels, where it is sung from the perspective of Nicolas Cage's character. In the film, Cage plays an angel sent to help humans make their transition to the afterlife. When he falls in love with a human, he must choose between love and eternal life. Tough call, really.
我很喜歡這首歌使用and作為開頭,沒有底子的人可別輕易嘗試。這個曲調應該不陌生吧?美國樂團Goo Goo Dolls的Johnny Rzeznik為了1998年的電影City Of Angels寫了這首歌,是以Nicolas Cage所飾演的角色心境唱出來。在電影裡頭,Nicolas Cage扮演一個幫助人類過度到死後世界的天使。而當他愛上了一個凡人,他被迫從愛情和永生之間做出選擇。

“You're the closest to heaven that I'll ever be/ And I don't want to go home right now”

This verse hits home for me. After all, I’ve removed myself from my comfort zone, bade goodbye to the home I built, the island I’ve came to love just to be physically close to my valentine.

“And you can't fight the tears that ain't coming/ Or the moment of truth in your lies/ When everything feels like the movies/ Yeah, you bleed just to know you're alive”

The second stanza pertains to the hardships in love, the mundane moments as well as the lurking distrust, fear of betrayal. So many things can go wrong, but then again, nothing ventured nothing gained. 
At times, we are faced with this dilemma; we wish to take risks to change for the better, yet at the same time, we don’t want to steer away from what defines us and is familiar to us, least we’d end up with nothing. This leap isn’t for everyone. Some choose to have blind faith where others have reservations.

“And I don't want the world to see me/ Cause I don't think that they'd understand/ When everything's made to be broken/ I just want you to know who I am”

Even though I am out of my elements at the time being, I’m not too worried of losing myself, because the deep understanding we share makes me feel stronger than perhaps I actually am. I do not crave for others’ attention or approval, it’s the least of my concern. Knowing that I am on the right path with an ally, I’m happy to go for the road less travelled by.
Not unlike an angel giving up heaven, I reduced my living essentials to what I could carry, and for months, coping with a foreign lifestyle and living out of suitcases in the hope of rebuilding a home with my beloved, (under Trump leadership, may I add.) Today is moving day for us, we’ve secured a spot in Redwood, right by the coast. In a few hours, we’ll finally see the city in broad daylight, I’m sure it’ll be a lot to take in. 

How exciting and terrifying is that?
So this Valentine’s Day is quite interesting, despite the peculiar circumstance leaving almost no time for conventional celebration that is overwhelmed by fancy flowers, fine dining and extravagant gifts, it is unforgettable in its own right. Perhaps this suits me better as well, since I don’t normally go above and beyond to celebrate this holiday.

Grand gestures embarrass me for the most part, and I believe in expressing affection in a British manner—subtly. A card with some bits and bobs like chocolate and wine is obligatory— a mere routine, if you may. Hence, I’m very thankful to have something out of the norm this year, to be able to enjoy a breath of fresh air at the end of our house hunt and honour this adventurous milestone of our relationship… by having a quiet one! It’s the most terrible and wonderful V-Day by far.

Finn Jones老師

來自英國的線上英文老師Finn Jones,針對學生需求與程度準備教材,也會有耐心地引導學生在聽、說、讀、寫上進步。





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