TEARS STOOD in her eyes. Her dew-lit eyes were speaking the happiness of finding melody and the musician within her life. Park Sae-byul (Jr., Dept. of Psych.) is a musician who will be making her debut in the latter half of the year 2008 with her first album, which she has composed, wrote, arranged, and performed. She seemed pretty excited about the first interview of her life with The Yonsei Annals, as are we to be granted such and exclusive scoop.
Her life has been full of music and lyrics with a composer mother, a pianist sister, and a father who has a musical absorption. This makes it hard to conclude when exactly she began her musical studies and first displayed her talent in music. Though she had always dreamed of living in the world of music, she had to stop her from processing dreaming any further as she struggled with trying to meet her parents’ high expectations as well as the social stereotype of a proper young woman. So at first, tradition and filial piety carried the day as she postponed her music and focused upon entering college.
It was the psychology class she took in her freshman year, which let her first step into her musical career. There was an assignment to write an autobiography and she states, “The assignment was a chance for me to look back upon the past and find the happiest and saddest moments of my life.” When she found out that she was on cloud nine whenever music was involved, she was strongly convinced to believe that she was born to become a musician.
Soon after, she had a chance to interview one of her favorite musicians, Scott Wilkie, and this encounter gave her conclusive determination to pursue her new goals and dreams. While seeing Scott Wilkie, her heart was too full for words and she realized that she had no reason to stop herself from living the life of a musician and being happy. She made a promise to her parents that she would keep up with her academic life besides music, and thus she kept it. One day, her mother came to see her performance at Lucid Fall’s concert and said that she was proud of her daughter.
She is a talented pianist with an absolute sense of pitch. Yet, having talents did not make the start of her career any easier. She mentioned that it was fortunate that one of her very close friends from the concerts introduced her to Antenna Music, an agency working with musicians who have both spirit and soul of true musicians. Throughout that year, her agency gave her enough space and freedom to develop her stage presence and talent. She soon appreciated and respected her own color and taste for music. She states, “Thank you”, to her respectable mentors, Lucid Fall, Yoo Hee-yeul, and the president Dong-in.
She refers to music as a tool of expression, a tool that allows audiences to communicate with her music. She is confident about creating music, in which her philosophy and thoughts are expressed. She hopes that audiences will be able to sympathize with her thoughts and share her world of music. She states, “I want a mutual relationship with audiences through my music, in which we understand and love each other.”
Her last comments to Yonseians are as follows, “I consider all Yonseians to be decent and respectful people. They all should have their own visions as well as dreams for the sake of living their blissful lives. Do not give up upon your dream but have confidence and strive towards it.”