Harriet Chung spins a heartfelt tale of star-crossed lovers with her longing ballad and animated lyric video Through My Tears — showcasing today on Tinnitist.
Based on a Chinese fairy tale, the award-winning Toronto pop artist’s latest single pays tribute to the aching bittersweetness of being far apart from the person you love. Chung’s ethereal vocals float above dreamy piano and soaring, meandering flute as she narrates the story of the Cowboy and the Weaving Girl, who fell in love on Earth but were separated against their will.
“The Weaving Girl was forced back to heaven by her mother, and the cowherd remained on Earth,” Chung says, explaining the fairy tale as she remembers hearing it. “Their love was so strong that they remained faithful to each other for eternity. And once a year they appear in the night sky as the stars Vega and Altair.” In fact, those stars form a bridge of stars that we all know as the Milky Way. “Together they form a bridge to reunite and dance the night away until they are forced to disappear with the rising of the sun,” Chung says.
She was attracted to the sad longing and the relatable universality of the tale. “The song is like a dream about missing the one you love,” she explains. “And in that dream, you reunite in the sky like the Cowboy and Weaving Girl.” Her angelic vocals is accompanied by Christopher Siu’s arrangement and piano, and Mailynn Jenkins’ beautiful flute.
Chung is an international singer, actress, and award-winning performer. Her single A World Away (Remix) won Best Original Song at the Hollywood Gold Awards, and its video has won 10 awards from film festivals around the world. She has appeared in many musical theatre productions, including The Phantom of the Opera (Toronto), Cats (Germany), The King and I, Iron Road and Golden Lotus, for which she has received numerous awards and nominations. She is also an accomplished dancer, choreographer, director, and teacher.