Some songs touch your deepest core just because they are extremely relatable. ‘Whalien 52’ (by BTS) is one such song that resonates with me deeper than the ocean. I didn’t originally favour it due to the beat not being to my liking. But when I read its lyrics, especially during a time when I felt the loneliest and the most misunderstood, the song climbed high up in my ‘favourites’ chart.
‘Whalien 52’ is a title that summarizes the metaphor used in this song. The term is a combination of two words – ‘whale’ and ‘alien’. The song refers to an individual whale of unidentified species that calls out at a much higher frequency of 52 Hz, which is a very unusual frequency among whales. It has been detected in the Pacific ocean. However, scientists have not yet been able to identify its species. Its movement is similar to that of a blue whale, but timing similar to that of a fin whale. hence, it is speculated that it is either a healthy but malformed whale or a hybrid of blue whale and fin whale. Due to its unusual frequency, its whale call is hardly heard by other whales (blue whales communicate between 10 to 39 Hz while fin whales communicate at 20 Hz). Hence, it is called ‘the world’s loneliest whale’.
(You can read more about 52 Hz whale here.)
Now, why the word ‘alien’? Most of us imagine extraterrestrial intelligence straight out of sci-fi movies or books whenever we hear this word. But ‘alien’ also means someone or something that is foreign, and is beyond the understanding and comprehension of the majority.
I think most of us have experienced being ‘whaliens’ at some point in our lives. The 52 Hz whale whose calls were never heard by his or her fellow beings. The ‘alien’ whose weirdness, craziness and perspectives couldn’t be comprehended by those around. Some of us constantly feel like ‘whalien 52′ trapped in a world that remain deaf to our cries. Many a times, our voices are not heard. Many a times, our words are misunderstood…our feelings and emotions get ignored. Even by the people of our own kind.
Those are the times when we feel the loneliest. But just because the world chose to be deaf to our cries, we don’t have to mute our opinions. Just as the song says, we must believe in the ’52 hertz’ call that we raise. For one day, it will definitely be heard.
If you know songs rendering a similar message, please share with us here.
Also, I’d like to share this little clip of pure joy…of three goofy pals having fun at Osaka. This video was shot and edited by Jungkook (the youngest or the ‘maknae’ of BTS ; ‘Golden Closet’ is his own studio) and features some of the members of the group, especially the second youngest ones – Jimin and Taehyung. The song featured in the background is ‘Your Side of The Bed‘ by Loote. It is a beautiful sad song with a catchy beat. Please check it out. (The song has nothing to do with the video, by the way.)
As always, thank you for reading. Stay blessed!
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