2018年9月23日 星期日

賞爵士音樂、說月亮情話 |EET 中秋節特輯

賞爵士音樂、述說月亮情|EET 中秋節英語特輯


這次中秋,不論是烤肉賞月、或是窩在家裡,就讓我們來賞樂、對所愛的人說些月亮情話吧~ :D

還記得小時候常聽到嫦娥奔月的故事,這次 EET 小編也要飛向月球,

Fly Me to the Moon, Happy Moon Festival!

(帶我去月球,中秋節快樂!)





這次構圖的設計,我們的靈感是來自於「Fly me to the moon 帶我去月球」這首爵士樂老經典,由 喬·哈內爾 (Joe Harnell, 1963) 製作,曾獲得葛萊美獎最佳管弦樂演奏,小編也整理出最愛這首的五個版本如下:

一、Joe Harnell 純演奏版:


二、輕柔優美的鋼琴版:(Piano de BOSSA)


三、小編最愛的復古演唱版 (由美國著名男歌手 法蘭克·辛納屈, Frank Sinatra 詮釋):



英文歌詞:
Fly me to the moon.
Let me play among the stars.
Let me see what spring is like on Jupiter
and Mars.
In other words, hold my hand.
In other words, darling, kiss me.

Fill my life with song and let me sing for ever more.
You are all I long for, all I worship and adore.
In other words, please be true. In other words,
I love you.

Fly Me To The Moon - Joe Harnell (1963)


四、濃郁浪漫的男女對唱版 (由Rick Hale & Breea Guttery 合唱):



五、童聲版,由安吉麗娜·喬丹 (Angelina Jordan)詮釋:


(以上影片皆分享自 YouTube網站)


關於月亮的情話,小編要再特別加碼介紹這句很有 fu 的用英文表達「我愛你」的方式:


Love you to the moon and back.

(愛你的程度,就像往返月球一趟那般深遠.)



最後,EET 也特地製作了本篇介紹的二種月亮情話的賀卡 (神秘紫、月光藍和經典軍綠款),供大家下載,寄給你所愛的另一半或家人: 
(點進小圖,即可看到更大張的原圖)


神秘紫款:Love you to the moon and back

經典軍綠款:Love you to the moon and back
月光藍版: Fly me to the moon, love you!
(本款尚有神秘紫版,請至我們的官方推特下載:https://twitter.com/bosetw)
神秘紫款:Love you to the moon and back



你喜歡哪一個爵士樂版本呢?和賀卡一起寄給你的愛人,表達甜蜜蜜的 2018 中秋~

Happy Mid-Autumn Festival!
中秋佳節快樂!  


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2018年9月4日 星期二

雙語教育的可行性 |Alex Chen (國立大學兼任講師)|EET睿騏英語獨家刊登


        
雙語教育的可行性  


         稍早行政院長賴清德宣布,明( 2019 )年將確立台灣「雙語國家」的政策,台灣將成為「中文」與「英文」的雙語國家亦是所謂的:雙語制。在討論可行性之前,我們是不是該先釐清何謂「雙語」?根據國家教育研究院對「雙語」的解釋乃是:大約於西元一世紀,凡受過教育之羅馬人,都應熟悉兩種語文即希臘文與拉丁文。而維基百科認「雙語」乃社群或個人,使用兩種或兩種以上語言的現象就可稱為雙語。而言簡意賅的「雙語」解釋則是在官方文宣中必須有兩種語言並行,方可視為雙語國家。諸如新加坡使用英語華語,以及加拿大魁北克的法語跟英語並行,則是國人所周知的。雙語有其定義,但在此要更近一步探討的是混沌的雙語教育真的可行嗎?
         筆者在大學任教,身邊亦有許多在國高中任教的朋友,都感覺到力不從心。且原因有以下幾點,假如能夠改善這幾點,我想到大家都願意嘗試此法的可行性!
         第一點:我們該探討的是既然我國目前已經將英語教學延伸自國小三年級,為何我國學生的英語程度還是被認為落後?而為何補習班卻能逆勢成長從此成為決定學生英語能力的機構?每每聽到大學老師嫌說國高中老師沒把英文教好,我都替我朋友叫屈。殊不知這些老師教是教了,但認真努力學進去的學生又有幾人?台灣的英文一直著重於文法考試,而老師真正清楚地瞭解文法原理的又有幾人?不是懷疑老師的能力而是假如老師都把學生教懂了,補習班照理說應該就無用武之地了。在學校,老師一個班上有這麼多學生,而現在又提倡常態分班,所以老師變成了一個吃力不討好的教育家,且因父母都希望兒女成龍成鳳,只注重段考成績,升學與否,導致在校老師管得了前段學生的升學,管不了後段學生的疑問,久而久之這差距越來越大,只剩補習班能給予實質上的救援!而到學校上課的學生在一縣一大學、人人有大學念的前提之下,這些學生不想用功奮發向上,也是造成學科平均低落的另一原因。

         第二點:英語程度好壞,是大學考試一次能夠評斷的嗎?英語能力的指標為何,假如是用多益來評斷除非你加考口說及寫作,不然意義不大。稍早之前,政治大學也因以英檢做為畢業門檻一是交付討論,後來也如大家所願,廢除英檢門檻。假如雙語制度是像政府所言跟國際接軌,那中國學霸出國不敢張口一事,我們難道不應該以此為前車之鑑並審視此制度的可行性嗎?

         第三點:英語教育到底該著重在哪?單字量?考試能力?文法準確度?作為一個在台灣教英語的老師而言,可以說:台灣課堂上的英語教育不管如何改變皆沒有辦法讓學生準備好可以用自身的英語能力直接與英語系國家的人對話。因為在課堂許多老師其實欠缺讓學生練習發表和獨立思考的能力,很多老師喜歡直接講授,當然更多的學生喜歡「只聽課」。導致許多學生沒有自己的中心思想,人云亦云。

         而這三點之中,第三點尤為重要!我輩有學外語的人都明瞭,考試學霸型跟能夠即時的將腦中所思用言語道出之人少之又少,適當的選擇詞彙及正確的口氣來配合場域,那是需要多年的時間、環境、對談才能夠達成的目標。而這點,我覺得才是目前各學界應該要正視並且真正坐下來討論的關鍵性問題。而不是像老師家長拿著學生在校分數來評定學生的優劣,也不是在那邊空談說增加師資而不討論實質教學的方式就能達成的。

            身處在台灣的我們,成天都討論國際觀的重要性以及必要性,好像學會了英文就可以瞭解全世界一樣,而進一步選擇性的忽略掉世界上還有許多國家不講英文。如果「雙語」制度真想可行,那重要的是,國家的觀點是什麼?學校要教什麼?想讓這個國家更有競爭力,那倒不如訂下規則:例如在幾年內讓多少人通過各類語言能力檢定,分配考試人數,或補助或獎勵或調整教學。假如執政者只想速成,而忽略了文化底蘊,無疑因噎廢食。語言只是工具,但不是唯一的工具。假如是要跟國際接軌,那所有外語應該都一視同仁。台灣如果真有心要走向世界,需要培養民眾的不僅僅是英語能力,其他外語教育同等重要。所以,執政者應該鼓勵提升全民參與外語學習的動機,而不是一昧的以英語為唯一選擇。

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作者名:Alex Chen (國立大學兼任講師)
學歷背景:
國立政治大學英語博士生
刊登日期:2018年9月4日
(本文 EET 睿騏 獨家獲得授權刊登,轉載分享請註明文章出處 )  
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大學,該醒醒了!(2018/8)
讀好你的菜英文  (2017/3)

從莎士比亞看台灣  莎翁401年特輯 (2017/2)


Enrich English with a Different Approach 用不同的思維和方式,增加英語實力



2018年8月11日 星期六

大學?該醒醒了!|Alex Chen (國立大學兼任講師)|EET睿騏英語獨家刊登

 

大學?該醒醒了!


       欠缺求知精神、瘋迷線上遊戲、大學生忙著拜金、老師忙著計劃案——你認識這樣的大學

      當我從那典雅莊嚴的建築旁走過,再深入到自己的學習環境和學校其他地方後,我發現這個地方與我之前在書中讀到的寧靜的大學校園不同,這裡紛紛擾擾、汽車進進出出,隨處可見各式各樣的商業海報以及廣告,草坪上遛狗的主人悠然自得。
      正式開始教書之後,我更加見識了大學裡很多人是怎麼樣上課的:早晨上課鈴響了之後有很多人穿著拖鞋邊吃早餐悠閒地晃進教室,吃完早餐後看看講台上面的老師,講得沒意思,於是趴著再躺一會。有的學生乾脆一睡不起,大學裡有句話是這樣流傳的:「一覺醒來一看錶十點了,乾脆睡到十一點半,起來連早餐、午餐一起解決了!」晚上十一點過後,遊戲已經成為了大學裡男生的主要「學習內容」,而且不少人發奮用功地「遊戲」了四年!女生呢?看韓劇,不少女學生的主要學習內容就是看韓劇等各種連續劇、宮廷劇,一部接著一部。你能想像這就是「大學」

      當然,並不是所有的學生都這樣混日子,大學裡還是有許多人依然相對用功的學習,但是他們也一樣困惑:讓他們努力學習的原因主要是「恐懼」和「壓力」:怕自己畢業後找不到好工作。

      大家都說就業很困難,但是很少有學生努力學習是因為 追求智慧,追求真理。這些用功的學生雖然沒有「遊戲人生」,但是卻生活在沈重的壓抑心理狀態下,思維往往呆滯,慢慢地走上一條被大學生們嘲笑的「越學越傻」的「傻博士」道路。事實上,每年大學裡輕生的大學生,往往不是「不用功」的「壞學生」,而是這種心理嚴重壓抑,用功學習的「好學生」。他們一樣,從一進大學開始就碰到很多無法解決的困惑,同時被灌輸著一些所謂「正確的發展方向」,他們只是願意服從這些「權威結構」,以自我的壓抑而不是以心靈的呼喚來「學習」,這難道就真的比「玩遊戲」、「看影集」更好嗎?大學的學習到底是要達到什麼目的?大學生們為何都迷失了自己的理想

      照本宣科的老師一學期也見不到幾次,大學裡面真正關注教學品質、關心學生、有上課水準的老師越來越少了,不知道這些老師都在忙些什麼。不知道這個號稱專業的社會發展方向和主流是什麼?也不明白這個專業培養的目的是什麼樣的人才需求?不知道該怎樣進行大學的學習,更不知道前面的路在哪裡。學習者該怎樣去一步步實現自己的理想?我碰到過很多的大學生皆是如此。他們對於自己所選擇的專業瞭解甚少。其實我覺得許多老師也根本不瞭解這些專業到底要做什麼,後來才知道大學裡的管理階層,看專業叫什麼名字容易吸引學生,就改個名字。看什麼專業熱門好找工作,就趕快「辦」一個專業,拼湊一些「課程」和系別出來糊弄大眾就完事了。

      很多學生只是為了就業的方便而「選擇專業」,但是當他們真正想去定位自己的時候,就反而陷入了「專業思維」而不能自拔。多數人只是為了一份工作而讀一個熱門的專業,卻忘了去關注自己的興趣、愛好,甚至綜合能力的培養和理想的思考。

      德國二百年前的教育宣言曾經如此說道:教育的目的,不是培養人們適應傳統的世界,不是著眼於實用性的知識和技能,而是要去喚醒學生自身的力量,培養他們自主學習的積極性,抽象的歸納力和理解力,以便使他們在目前無法預料的種種未來局勢中,自我做出有意義的選擇。教育是以人為最高的目的,接受教育是人的最高價值的體現。

      問一問親愛的朋友們,在台灣目前的小學、中學和大學校園裡,有像德國這樣的教育嗎?沒有,台灣太缺乏真正的教育、缺乏真正的大學了。缺乏真正的學校教育導致了社會上很多人盲目逐利、精神空虛,各種社會問題層出不窮,傳統文化精髓遺失,後面兩者又反過來影響著學校的教育,如此的惡性循環會把我們帶向哪裡?後代將會生存在一個什麼樣的社會

      究竟,是這個社會的發展正在瘋狂地走向一個極端的境地,還是有人在危言聳聽?

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作者名:Alex Chen (國立大學兼任講師)
學歷背景:
國立政治大學英語博士生
刊登日期:2018年8月11日
(本文 EET 睿騏 獨家獲得授權刊登,轉載分享請註明文章出處 )  
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瀏覽作者其他文章:
讀好你的菜英文  (2017/3)
從莎士比亞看台灣  莎翁401年特輯 (2017/2)


Enrich English with a Different Approach 用不同的思維和方式,增加英語實力

2018年7月26日 星期四

商用英文家教課|課後作業練習:給人力資源部門的一封信|EET 睿騏英語學員 Cameron


商用英文家教課|課後作業練習:給人力資源部門的一封信|EET 睿騏英語黃老師學員 Cameron



工作不順心嗎?假日還要上班、老闆很不友善,讓這位 Cameron 決定要寫封信向公司的人力資源部門反應他的心情......... 學員目前上EET家教課二個月/第9週,寫出的第一封商用英語短篇書信練習,整篇是靠自己的力量寫的和修改的 (沒辦法,他的老師改作業總是不給答案呢!)


Dear Human Resources Team,              

I am the camera operator. The best part of my job is to travel to different places. The work is full of fun and challenges. No two days are the same. Different places, different roles and different stories make my work interesting.

I am fine with the working hours and the often-missed meals. But there are two things I don’t like in my job, one is working at weekends. I need to take a rest after long and hard-working day. The weekend work also makes me unable to attend some activities of my family, and that is disturbing. The other thing I feel unhappy is my boss. He is not a friendly person and that makes me stressed when I am doing my job.


Best regards,
Cameron


 
那你呢?你想向公司人資反應的不滿有哪些呢?快試著用英文表示看看吧! (EET 小編也想知道中 : )



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2018年6月29日 星期五

Song Lyrics Interpretation: Up & Up by Coldplay | EET Teri (English Lecturer)


Song Lyrics Interpretation: Up & Up by Coldplay

(Click the words in blue to see the definition in Cambridge Online Dictionary)
Recently, we have been plagued with a lot of suicide incidents by famous people like the world famous chef Anthony Bourdain, fashion designer Kate Spade, and the rock band Linkin Park’s lead singer Chester Bennington among others. Reports show that the reason or one of the major contributing factors behind these people taking their own lives, despite their fortune and fame, is depression. Now I am no expert and this post is NOT in any way about how to deal with depression. For more information about depression and related cases, I suggest you visit this site: http://tspc.tw/tspc/portal/English/
 
This post is about finding a bit of light if you are going through a rough patch in life.
If you are in any way like me and you find comfort through listening to music and currently need a dose of positivity and encouragement in your life, then this song might just be the song that you need right now! 
Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Up_%26_Up#/media/File:Coldplay,_Up%26Up,_Artwork.jpg
The title of the song is Up & Up by the American Band Coldplay. The song was released in April 2016. This particular song is not as popular as their other songs such as Hymn For The Weekend, The Scientist, Yellow etc. but the lyrics of this song is just something that definitely gives hope. Here is a link to the official music video of the song:

Just like mentioned in my previous post, the underlined words in blue in this article are all relevant links to the meaning of the words. You can click on them to help you understand the words better. I suggest that you listen to the song first (or a few times if you want to!) so you can get a feel of what the song is like before reading the article while the song is playing on the background so that you can really feel the emotions of the songwriter.

LYRICS
EXPLANATION
**In this song, we’ll come across the lyrics “up & up” a lot. It just simply means that we should look up (better things, be positive etc.) instead of being negative and looking “down”. J
Fixing up a car to drive in it again
Searching for the water, hoping for the rain
Up and up
Up and up
Here, at the beginning of the song, the songwriter talks literally about simple problems that we encounter in our daily lives such as fixing our cars so we can drive it again and hoping for rain to come when the weather is too dry so we can have enough water just like what happened recently in Taiwan. These 2 examples can also be interpreted as us people facing problems that 1) we can fix ourselves such as fixing our car and 2) Problems and situations that we do not really have control over such as not having enough rainfall and water supply and that all we can do is just hope for rain. But still “up & up”! Be positive!
Down upon the canvas, working meal to meal
Waiting for a chance to pick your orange field
Up and up
Up and up
A teacher teaches for a living, a driver drives, a sales person is after a sales target, and so on. “Down upon the canvas” symbolizes a painter doing his job. This line in the song is saying that we do what we have to do in order to live.
“Meal to meal” is a famous English expression that describes a situation wherein someone is unable to meet his/ her financial obligations and has to constantly work to make ends meet. A similar expression is “paycheck to paycheck”. For example: “I am living from paycheck to paycheck because I have so many bills to pay.”
Waiting for a chance to pick your orange field” means that as people, we are all waiting for the right time to get the result of our hardwork.
Put together, this couple of lines from the song means that it is okay for us to work hard and do our jobs even if we feel like we are getting somewhat tired because the time will come when we can already get the reward from all the times we had to work so hard.
See a pearl form, a diamond in the rough
See a bird soaring high above the flood
It’s in your blood
It’s in your blood
Pearls are not formed very easily; that’s why they are very precious and expensive. Same goes with diamonds; it takes a long time and a lot of effort to dig up a diamond. But these are part of nature’s work and that’s just the way it is.
As for birds, they just fly flawlessly even if there is a flood beneath them.
“In your blood” is another famous English expression that means to come naturally. Usually used to express a talent that someone has. For example: “Singing is in your blood.” Meaning, you naturally have a good singing voice even if you don’t really practice.
So this means that as people, we are naturally resilient. Even if life gets us down sometimes, we have the natural ability to bounce back and be okay again.
Underneath the storm an umbrella is saying
Sitting with the poison takes away the pain
Up and up
Up and up, saying
This means that when we are facing a problem (storm) we should try to protect ourselves (underneath an umbrella). But no matter how much we try to protect ourselves we will still get affected like even if we use an umbrella when there is a storm or when it is raining, we still get a bit wet.
But even if this happens we have to face and solve our problems because we cannot run away from them. This is what “sitting with the poison takes away the pain” means. It means that when we “invite” our problems (poison) to “sit with us”, it is the only way we can solve them –by facing them.
We're gonna get it, get it together right now
Gonna get it, get it together somehow
Gonna get it, get it together and flower
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
We're gonna get it, get it together I know
Gonna get it, get it together and flow
Gonna get it, get it together and go
Up and up and up
“Get it together” is another famous English phrase that means to take steps to better the situation or solve a problem. For example: “You have to get it together or else you will lose your job.
Lying in the gutter, aiming for the moon
Trying to empty out the ocean with a spoon
Up and up
Up and up
This part of the song talks about hope:
Gutter is the side of a road where water flows.
This line means that we have to dream big and aim high; that we always have to just keep looking up even if we feel down and sad. That even if we feel sad and hopeless (lying in the gutter), we still have to keep our hopes up (aim for the moon).
So just how much hope should we have? This line in the song answers it! We all have to have a lot of hope to the point that we have to think about “trying to empty out the ocean with a spoon”. I think there must be so much hope there to even think about emptying the ocean using a spoon!
See the forest staring at every seed
Angels in the marble waiting to be freed
Just need love
Just need love, when the going is rough saying
Photo Source: https://www.mypsdc.com/product-tag/large-marble-angel-statues.html
Here are a couple more of symbolisms that songwriter used:
The forest staring at every seed on its ground and angel statues that we often see in grand and fancy places. These angel statues often look really really nice and are made out of expensive marbles but despite their beauty and price, they cannot move at all and all they want is to be free.

We're gonna get it, get it together right now
Gonna get it, get it together somehow
Gonna get it, get it together and flower
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
We're gonna get it, get it together I know
Gonna get it, get it together and flow
Gonna get it, get it together and go

And you can say what is, or fight for it
Close your mind and take a risk
You can "it's mine" and clench your fist
Or see each other as a gift

We're gonna get it, get it together right now
Gonna get it, get it together somehow
Gonna get it, get it together and flower
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
We're gonna get it, get it together I know
Gonna get it, get it together and flow
Gonna get it, get it together and go
Up and up and up
We're gonna get it, get it together right now
Gonna get it, get it together somehow
Gonna get it, get it together and flower
Oh oh oh oh oh oh
We're gonna get it, get it together I know
Gonna get it, get it together and flow
Gonna get it, get it together and go
Up and up


Fixing up a car to drive in it again
When you're in pain
When you think you've had enough
Don't ever give up



This is honestly one of my favourite songs at the moment. If you think the original version of the song is quite sad, here is a remix version that is more upbeat:
https://open.spotify.com/album/46ElgN92j4wktUnUkxUFKR



Have fun and never EVER give up!

EET Teri


{ End of Song Lyrics Interpretation: Up & Up by Coldplay }

Author (作者):  EET Teri (English Lecturer, Enrich English Tuition/睿騏英語講師 Teri )

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Song Lyrics Interpretation: Vanilla Twilight by Owl City | EET Teri (English Lecturer, Enrich English Tuition)



Song Lyrics Interpretation: Vanilla Twilight by Owl City


Some of the good ways to improve fluency in English are to speak to people using English, watch talk shows, reality shows, and sitcoms in English (In my opinion, watching talks shows, reality shows, and sitcoms are better for fluency practice than watching movies because people talk more naturally here than in movies which are heavily scripted.), watching English movies (This helps if learners can distinguish which words or expressions are used in everyday life and which words aren’t.), and my personal favourite: Breaking down and analyzing lyrics of songs that I like to listen to. 
 
Often times, we listen to a particular song and think “I wonder what this song is all about…” “Do the lyrics mean something else than the words the artist used?” etc. etc.

Well, you’re in luck because I will share my love of doing this with all of you; and hopefully this will help you get to know the English language more. Together, let us try and interpret what song lyrics really mean –or what they mean to us because the interpretations may vary from one person to another.

The underlined words in blue in this article are all relevant links to the meaning of the words. You can click on them to help you understand the words better. I suggest that you listen to the song first (or a few times if you want to!) so you can get a feel of what the song is like before reading the article while the song is playing on the background so that you can really feel the emotions of the songwriter.

Here is a link to the official music video of the song:


The title of the song we are doing for this article is Vanilla Twilight by Owl City. Owl City is the pseudonym of an American Electronica singer-songwriter Adam Young. The song Vanilla Twilight was released in January 2010. I personally like this song because the melody is really soothing and the lyrics are not literally what they are in words so it is a very good song to interpret and to try to understand the deeper meaning of the lyrics.
But first, let us talk about the title of the song: Vanilla Twilight.

Photo Source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vanilla_Twilight#/media/File:Vanilla_twilight.jpg

The word vanilla literally means a type of sweet flavour or scent that comes from vanilla pods. Vanilla is usually used as flavouring for ice cream or coffee and scent for perfume or candles. Vanilla can also be used as an adjective to mean something that is ordinary or regular but still pleasant. 

Twilight means the short time when we can see the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is about to set –when it is not very dark yet but also not very bright and light anymore. (see photo) In this case, twilight represents uncertainty --about not being sure of something or of something existing only for a short fleeting moment then disappearing. So if we put vanilla and twilight together, the title probably refers to a period of time that is ordinary but pleasant and something that happened during this period only lasted for a short time but it is special even if it didn’t last long. (Click the words in blue to see the definition in Cambridge Online Dictionary)

LYRICS
EXPLANATION
The stars lean down to kiss you
Stars –In general, when the word star is used in poetry, it symbolizes something that is higher than us or something we adore.
So this line means that the stars are bending down to kiss someone (“you”) that is special to the songwriter. It also means that this “someone special” is not with the songwriter now because he/ she is already with the “stars”. This can mean that this person has already passed away.
And I lie awake and miss you
And while the stars are kissing this someone special, the songwriter cannot sleep because the songwriter is missing this “someone special” very much.
Pour me a heavy dose of atmosphere
The songwriter is begging to be taken back to reality because he is missing someone special that is not around anymore so much that he cannot sleep and he cannot function properly.
The songwriter wants to have a huge amount of realness slapped into his face; thus the phrase “heavy dose of atmosphere”.
'Cause I'll doze off safe and soundly
But I'll miss your arms around me
Doze off means sleep. Safe and sound means in not in danger and really well.
The songwriter is saying that, in time, he will still manage to be able to sleep well even without this “someone special” but that he will miss sleeping beside, on the same bed, and being hugged by this “someone special” who has already passed away.
“Arms around me” means being hugged by someone.
I'd send a postcard to you, dear
'Cause I wish you were here


Before we had smart phones and the internet where we can just upload or send photos of our vacation to our loved ones in real time, we used to send postcards to people we love when we travel. Sending someone a postcard means that you were thinking about them and you wish they were with you at that place and time.
I'll watch the night turn light blue
But it's not the same without you
Because it takes two to whisper quietly
Watching the night turn light blue means that the songwriter is ready to face a new day ahead but this new day will not be the same without his “someone special” because it always takes the two of them together to do things.
The silence isn't so bad
'Til I look at my hands and feel sad
'Cause the spaces between my fingers
Are right where yours fit perfectly

Photo Source: https://www.pinterest.ie/pin/389279961512391608/

Now, the songwriter is slowly getting used to the fact that he is now all alone in life. He is saying in this part that being alone (silence) is quite alright. But when he looks at his hands, he still feels kind of lonely because he can see spaces between his fingers and those spaces are specially made for his “someone special’s” hands. The songwriter is expressing that they are like two puzzle pieces: they fit perfectly together.
I'll find repose in new ways
Though I haven't slept in two days
'Cause cold nostalgia chills me to the bone
The songwriter says that he will try to find different ways to relax, be calm, and cope with his new situation but then he still hasn’t been able to sleep in two days because memories keep haunting him. He keeps remembering the old times they had together and it hurts him real bad and deep (to the bone).
But drenched in vanilla twilight
I'll sit on the front porch all night
Waist deep in thought because when
I think of you I don't feel so alone
I don't feel so alone
I don't feel so alone

Photo Source: http://www.wideopencountry.com/15-things-need-perfect-southern-front-porch/


The songwriter is very conflicted because he is feeling both sad and happy. Sad because the one he loves is no longer around. Happy because he knows that his “someone special” will always be in his heart and his mind.
He sings about “sitting on the front porch all night”, meaning he will always wait and sit and just think about all the good times they had together because when he thinks about this person, he doesn’t feel so alone anymore.


As many times as I blink
I'll think of you tonight

I'll think of you tonight
According to studies, on average, people blink once every 4 seconds. This part is where the songwriter is suggesting that he thinks about his “someone special” an awful lot.
The phrase “as many as” means a lot. For example: He can eat as many as 7 slices of pizza in one sitting.
When violet eyes get brighter
And heavy wings grow lighter
I'll taste the sky and feel alive again
Violet means purple and this color represents sadness. Here, when the songwriter says that when his sad eyes are no longer so sad and when he is able to lift the weight off his shoulders and fly again, he will be capable of living a normal life once more.
If we look deeper, it means that in time, when he gets better, he will be able to continue on and live his life like he once used to without being weighed down by the thought of losing someone he loved and still loves so dearly.
And I'll forget the world that I knew
But I swear I won't forget you
But even if he lost this “someone special”, life still has to go on at some point. We cannot live our lives being stuck in the past because that will do us no good. In this part, the songwriter is somewhat letting go of his “someone special”. He is saying that he will feel like he is living in a different world now but he will always remember and never forget this special person.
Oh, if my voice could reach back through the past
I'd whisper in your ear,
"Oh, darling, I wish you were here."
And so life goes on… but from time to time, the songwriter still wishes he could talks to his “someone special” and that he wishes that this person was still here with him.

In conclusion, this is really a bittersweet song about lost and life, about letting go and moving on.
I like this song a lot because it reminds me of my father who passed away 4 years ago; just in time for western father’s day which is celebrated on the 3rd Sunday of June every year which happens to be 17 June 2018 this year. This is different from Taiwan’s local father’s day celebration which is August 8th

{ End of Song Lyrics Interpretation: Vanilla Twilight by Owl City }

Author (作者):  EET Teri (English Lecturer, Enrich English Tuition/睿騏英語講師 Teri )

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