Sungha Jung’s Philippine Tour

Sungha Jung is coming to the Philippines!

Better yet, he is coming to my City!!!! Yay! Hurray!!!

sungha jung concert

Anyway, if you aren’t familiar with him, he is a Korean finger guitarist. I have wrote several entries about him and his videos. I am very impressed with how he plays his guitar and I have been a fan since I saw his videos since he was about 12 playing his guitar. He has grown and his music too has evolved.

I would really really love to see this concert! The venue is just like 15 minutes maybe 10 by taxi from my house.. But first I need to find someone to go with me who is as impressed with him as I am. Did that make sense? haha… Who wants to go to the concert??

Anyway, check this poster for the ticket prices. Boy am I glad it’s not as expensive as watching all the other Kpop groups perform! ๐Ÿ™‚

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**check ticketworld to buy your tickets!

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Cosmic Girl – Kim Tae Woo (MV)

LSchool here is finally ending! Hurray!!!! But I have to relocate again for further studies.. oh no! I know I have to move but I am slacking. But that doesn’t mean I don’t have time to post on my blog ๐Ÿ™‚

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The post for today is Kim Tae Woo‘s comeback song Cosmic Girl.

The Video

When this video came out, I watched it immediately. I like Kim Tae Woo’s voice and his song. Liked it since he was in G.O.D. As the video played I was holding on to my seat because it stars Lee Dong Wook. Ok so I’ve been fan girling over since being in Strong Heart! His humor one of the best, but maybe not as fast as Lee Seunggi yet. The video started just fine, promising a story for us. But when the the video ended I was like WTF! Pardon the language dear readers.. but this video is one of those moments you have to say it! Could they explain to me: What’s with the concept!

Honestly, it was such a waste of Lee Dong Wook in the video. If not for him, I would not have sat through all of it. This is one of the videos I really don’t want to see again. Big mistake! Also, the scene where Kim Tae Woo is singing with a cosmic/outer space backdrop… it was well to put it not believable. If you are going to put a green screen backdrop make sure it’s done properly and make sure it’s not too obvious. Why do I feel like this video was made with a very low budget! ย Not watching it again!

The Song

Hmm, how do I put it.. I like Kim Tae Woo but this song doesn’t do any justice to his voice. Comparing it to his previous songs like Love Rain and Echo, this one is really an average one. Don’t get me wrong. After listening several times, I’m liking it. But it doesn’t have that WOW factor that I had after listening to Love Rain and Echo. If you’ve just started listening to Kim Tae Woo’s music, maybe you won’t feel that way. But I know he has one of the most powerful voices in Korea. So this song.. I think is a wrong song for him. This is a miss for me… I think he deserves better songs — those that especially bring out his voice and singing style (soul).

And oh.. just a side note they really have to work on the Engrish of the song. I know it’s a Korean song, but there are a lot of people who understand and speak perfect English who are listening to Kpop songs. It’s not a biggie really, but they owe it to their international fans to at least get the correct words. Fan-service ya’ll!

Anyhow.. this song really grows on you and it’s gotten it’s roots attached to me.. I kind of like it now.

Final Verdict: It’s not really a wow-kind of Kim Tae Woo song! (blame it on Love Rain for making me feel this way) But this song kind of grows on you! WARNING: DO NOT WATCH THE VIDEO! Unless you want to Lee Dong Wook, else it’s a waste of time!!!

**credits: Loenent@yt + as tagged

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Backtracks: Holding On To the End of the Night by Solid (MV and lyrics)

I am bringing back old Kpop songs to my blog. I know there are a lot of new song in the K-music industry. But it’s always nice to know the songs of the past. I think it would be nice too especially for new Kpop fans to appreciate not just Kpop but the Korean music in general.

Today, I am posting a song from the 90s. Actually you may have heard this song if you still remember Fly to the Sky, but they aren’t the original singers of the song. The song I am talking about it “Holding On to the End of the Night” (alternate title: After the End of Tonight). It was originally sung byย Solid.

Solid was one of the earliest Korean R&B groups in the 90s.. right about the the same time that Jodeci or Boys to Men was popular in the Western world. I actually wasn’t a fan of Korean music in the 90s. But I liked Fly to the Sky ย and this I liked this song… And well through some snooping I knew they weren’t the original singers of the song. Solid is an R&B group made Lee Joon, Kim Johan and Jeong Jaeyoon. I am familiar with Kim Johan as he is one of the Korean rnb/ballad singers I really like. He makes occasional appearances on the music shows, but not as often. Anyhow, this group is know for their soulful voice. However, they didn’t last too long — so many may not be familiar with them.

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There are a lot of Korean singers who did covers of this song, I think… if I remember correctly JYJ was one of them.. or was it DBSK — I can’t really remember. But I like the original song just thes same so that is why I am sharing this one.

For this post, I am putting the lyrics, if you want to sing a long. Translations were made by askakorean@blogspot. Romanizations are done by me… so please credit chipskjaa@wordpress when using it.

Holding on to the End of the Night – Romanization

Dashin neol bul su eopgetji

Naui ipsuri neoui hayan eokkaereul gamsa aneumyeo
Geureoge orin i bam-ui kkeuteul jabgo sarangheatjiman
Majimak ibmatchumi ashwi-ume tteollyeodo
Binsuneuro on naege sesangi junseonmureul
Neoran geol algi-e chamayagetji

Nae mam apeuji ange
Geu nuguboda deo haengbokhage sarayahae
Modeun geol itgo
I bam-ui ggeuteul jabgo itneun naui sarangi deo isang chorahaji ange
Nareul wihae uljima nan gwaenchana

[Narration]
Geurae eojjeomyeon
Urin oraenjeonbuteo uri-ui sarange eojjeolsu oebneun ibyeori chaja oljido moreundago saenggakhasseo
Hajiman uljima
I bam-ui ggeuteun naega jabgo isseulteoni
Neon geureoke eonjena useumyeonseo sarayadwae
Jebal uljimago nareul weohae useojwo
Jebal

Majimak ibmatchumi ashwi-ume tteollyeodo
Binsuneuro on naege sesangi junseonmureul
Neoran geol algi-e chamayagetji

Nae mam apeuji ange
Geu nuguboda deo haengbokhage sarayahae
Modeun geol itgo
I bam-ui ggeuteul jabgo itneun naui sarangi deo isang chorahaji ange
Nareul wihae uljima nan gwaenchana

Naui gaseumeuro neowa hamkke nanueobdeon i bameul ganjikhan jae
Jamshi neo mudeoya hagetji
Naui nunmuri neil butjabgo itjiman
Niha himdeulji ange useumyeo bonaeya getji
Naemam apuji ange gue nugubodadeo haengbokhage
Modeun geol itgo
Naruel wihae uljima nan gwaenchana

Holding on to the End of the Night – Translation

I will never be able to see you again

My lips hugged your white shoulders
Although we loved like this, holding onto the end of this night
The last kiss might tremble in longing
To me, who arrived with empty hands, the gift the world gave me
It was you, I know, so I must endure

So my heart does not break
You must live happier than anyone else
Forgetting everything
So my love holding onto the end of this night does not become more pathetic than it is now
Don’t cry for me, I am ok.

[Narration]
Yes, perhaps
We since long ago have thought the inevitable separation will come to our love
But don’t cry
I will hold onto the end of this night
You must live on, always smiling like that
Please don’t cry, smile for me
Please

The last kiss might tremble in longing
To me, who arrived with empty hands, the gift the world gave me
It was you, I know, so I must endure

So my heart does not break
You must live happier than anyone else
Forgetting everything
So my love holding onto the end of this night does not become more pathetic than it is now
Don’t cry for me, I am okay.

Keeping this night that my heart shared with you
I must bury you for the moment
My tears are holding you now but
I must send you away with a smile so that you no longer feel pain
So my heart does not break, be happier than everyone
Forgetting everything
So my love holding onto the end of this night does not become more pathetic than it is now
Don’t cry for me, I am okay.

Holding on to the End of the Night ์ด๋ฐค์˜ ๋์„ ์žก๊ณ ย – Hanguel

๋‹ค์‹  ๋„ ๋ณผ ์ˆ˜ ์—†๊ฒ ์ง€

๋‚˜์˜ ์ž…์ˆ ์ด ๋„ˆ์˜ ํ•˜์–€ ์–ด๊นจ๋ฅผ ๊ฐ์‹ธ ์•ˆ์œผ๋ฉฐ
๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ฒŒ ์šฐ๋ฆฐ ์ด ๋ฐค์˜ ๋์„ ์žก๊ณ  ์‚ฌ๋ž‘ํ–ˆ์ง€๋งŒ
๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰ ์ž…๋งž์ถค์ด ์•„์‰ฌ์›€์— ๋–จ๋ ค๋„
๋นˆ์†์œผ๋กœ ์˜จ ๋‚ด๊ฒŒ ์„ธ์ƒ์ด ์ค€ ์„ ๋ฌผ์€
๋„ˆ๋ž€ ๊ฑธ ์•Œ๊ธฐ์— ์ฐธ์•„์•ผ๊ฒ ์ง€

๋‚ด ๋ง˜ ์•„ํ”„์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ
๊ทธ ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ๋ณด๋‹ค ๋” ํ–‰๋ณตํ•˜๊ฒŒ ์‚ด์•„์•ผ ํ•ด
๋ชจ๋“  ๊ฑธ ์žŠ๊ณ 
์ด ๋ฐค์˜ ๋์„ ์žก๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” ๋‚˜์˜ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘์ด ๋” ์ด์ƒ ์ดˆ๋ผํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ
๋‚˜๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•ด ์šธ์ง€๋งˆ ๋‚œ ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•„

[Narration]
๊ทธ๋ž˜ ์–ด์ฉŒ๋ฉด
์šฐ๋ฆฐ ์˜ค๋žœ์ „๋ถ€ํ„ฐ ์šฐ๋ฆฌ์˜ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘์— ์–ด์ฉ”์ˆ˜ ์—†๋Š” ์ด๋ณ„์ด ์ฐพ์•„ ์˜ฌ์ง€๋„ ๋ชจ๋ฅธ๋‹ค๊ณ  ์ƒ๊ฐํ–ˆ์–ด
ํ•˜์ง€๋งŒ ์šธ์ง€๋งˆ
์ด๋ฐค์˜ ๋์€ ๋‚ด๊ฐ€ ์žก๊ณ  ์žˆ์„ํ…Œ๋‹ˆ
๋„Œ ๊ทธ๋ ‡๊ฒŒ ์–ธ์ œ๋‚˜ ์›ƒ์œผ๋ฉด์„œ ์‚ด์•„์•ผ ๋ผ
์ œ๋ฐœ ์šธ์ง€๋ง๊ณ  ๋‚˜๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•ด ์›ƒ์–ด์ค˜
์ œ๋ฐœ

๋งˆ์ง€๋ง‰ ์ž…๋งž์ถค์ด ์•„์‰ฌ์›€์— ๋–จ๋ ค๋„
๋นˆ์†์œผ๋กœ ์˜จ ๋‚ด๊ฒŒ ์„ธ์ƒ์ด ์ค€ ์„ ๋ฌผ์€
๋„ˆ๋ž€ ๊ฑธ ์•Œ๊ธฐ์— ์ฐธ์•„์•ผ๊ฒ ์ง€

๋‚ด ๋ง˜ ์•„ํ”„์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ
๊ทธ ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ๋ณด๋‹ค ๋” ํ–‰๋ณตํ•˜๊ฒŒ ์‚ด์•„์•ผ ํ•ด
๋ชจ๋“  ๊ฑธ ์žŠ๊ณ 
์ด ๋ฐค์˜ ๋์„ ์žก๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” ๋‚˜์˜ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘์ด ๋” ์ด์ƒ ์ดˆ๋ผํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ
๋‚˜๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•ด ์šธ์ง€๋งˆ ๋‚œ ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•„

๋‚˜์˜ ๊ฐ€์Šด์œผ๋กœ ๋„ˆ์™€ ํ•จ๊ป˜ ๋‚˜๋ˆ„์—ˆ๋˜ ์ด ๋ฐค์„ ๊ฐ„์งํ•œ ์ฑ„
์ž ์‹œ ๋„ ๋ฌป์–ด์•ผ ํ•˜๊ฒ ์ง€
๋‚˜์˜ ๋ˆˆ๋ฌผ์ด ๋„ ๋ถ™์žก๊ณ  ์žˆ์ง€๋งŒ
๋‹ˆ๊ฐ€ ํž˜๋“ค์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ ์›ƒ์œผ๋ฉฐ ๋ณด๋‚ด์•ผ ๊ฒ ์ง€
๋‚ด ๋ง˜ ์•„ํ”„์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ ๊ทธ ๋ˆ„๊ตฌ๋ณด๋‹ค ๋” ํ–‰๋ณตํ•˜๊ฒŒ
๋ชจ๋“  ๊ฑธ ์žŠ๊ณ 
์ด๋ฐค์˜ ๋์„ ์žก๊ณ  ์žˆ๋Š” ๋‚˜์˜ ์‚ฌ๋ž‘์ด ๋” ์ด์ƒ ์ดˆ๋ผํ•˜์ง€ ์•Š๊ฒŒ
๋‚˜๋ฅผ ์œ„ํ•ด ์šธ์ง€๋งˆ ๋‚œ ๊ดœ์ฐฎ์•„

Oh and if you’re wondering, this is the version of Fly to the Sky from their last album together:

**credits: askakorean@blogspot + breendon89@yt + KoreanConvert@yt

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One Spring Day – 2AM (MV)

Yay! their officially back with a new track. I don’t know about you but I am happy to see 2AM back with a new song.

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The new track is called One Spring Day.

The MV

One thing I really look forward when I know 2AM makes a come back is the story of their MV. I love how it always tells a story and not just a group singing the song showing their faces only.. though they did this in the past, but their concepts for their recent MVs have been different.

Most the stories in their MVs are sad, but I think to complement this song, they had to make one that is not so sad (well maybe a little bit). The MV is a bit confusing at first. But if you look at the title and if you finish the video, you would understand it. My take on the story is that there is a man revisiting different times of his relationship with the girl. It shows the happy and the sad parts of their relationships. He opens one door for each important moment of that relationship. But the catch is, he is just revisiting it and he can’t go back to the past because the girl is gone already — I think she is dead, because there are 2 scenes showing the girl that vision is blurred. Most of the time in Korean MVs, this scene means the someone is dead.. so I’m gonna make that guess. In the end, as they are all memories, he leaves and goes on with this life.

I am quite happy with this video. But not as impressed as I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me. I think that would still be the best video of 2AM in my opinion. However for this song, I like this video very much. It’s always fun watching videos of 2AM. I must be too sentimental and romantic for liking these videos!

PS… i love how innocent looking they are in white! Jo Kwon especially in his Harry Potter inspired glasses!

The Song

My first thoughts when I heard this song is that there was something vaguely familiar of the tune! I couldn’t quite place it at first, and then I later realized, it was the piano sequence in the verse. If you’re a fan of DBSK, you would remember their last Japanese song sang as 5 membersย Stand By U. Listen to it and you would know what I mean.. it sounds familiar doesn’t it?

I know though that Stand By U and One Spring Day are both different songs. But I think it’s because of that, I am not getting the song too much. Maybe my expectations ย were too high especially because I really liked I Wonder If You Hurt Like Me a lot!!! This song is good, but not as good as the last one. With the latter I had the “Oh my god I love it” reaction after I first heard it. With this, I guess it would take some time getting used to and some time to forget how similar it sounds to Stand By U (which I love by the way, so I need time to process this). But don’t worry the song is not bad at all!!

What I did realize though with this song is that 2AM is reinventing their sound again. I think that’s maybe what I like about their music because if you listen to their albums in the past and in the present, their songs are all different. To me most K-ballad groups all have the same kind of music which I find boring at times. But with 2AM I am never bored of their songs because each time it’s different. I always want to listen to their new song.

Final Verdict: I need to listen to this song again and again to forget that it sounds like another song I love. It’s not my favorite 2AM song though. But this song is a change from their past tracks. I love the MV! ๐Ÿ™‚

**credits: ibighit@yt + as tagged

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Woohyun (Infinite) and Lucia – Cactus (MV)

I don’t know what is it with me and feeling sentimental these days, but I am on a roll of ballad and sad songs.

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But I am glad I found this song. I love it! It’s the new duet featuring Woohyun (Infinite)ย and Lucia ์‹ฌ๊ทœ์„ . It’s called Cactus ์„ ์ธ์žฅ.

The Video

OMG! I love videos like this. I love it that Korean videos are now exploring this kind of story telling in their videos. Such a unique video for a nice song. I love how artistic it is. Whoever thought of this is pure genius!

The video shows two frames. And if you look at it closely and slowly follow the story of each frame, you would see that the top one tells the story from the girl’s point of view and the bottom frame tells the story of the guy. Both stories start at different times, the girl from the present (or could be the future) and the guy from the past. Both of the meet at a specific moment, when the guy was trying to break up with the girl. From the girls view, you will see that she is tracing back her steps, while the guy is moving forward. My take on the story is that the guy is sick and he was breaking up with the girl to keep her from feeling the pain. On the other hand, the girl can’t take the break up but later on realizes that the guy was really trying to protect her from being hurt too much. In the end the guy died, and the cactus is there to remind the girl of the love the man had for her.

I love how beautifully the story was made into the video. Especially with the frames telling different stories past and future, but were related to each other. This is effective story telling. I still can’t get over how nice the video was and how well the director played with the symbolism in the video. And let’s not forget the reference of the cactus in the video.

I’ve read that some would have liked to see both singers in the video, but I think this video is just the right thing the song needs. If they were present, they would have ruined the concept and story of the video… I think sometimes, you don’t need to see the singer of the song to appreciate a good song or video.

The Song

I love Infinite, so I was really looking forward to this collaboration. But when I learned that the title of the song was Cactus. I had to do a double take. But after listening to it, I couldn’t believe the symbolism of the song. The lyricist’s way of telling us the story of a cactus — and giving it life is very beautiful. Who would’ve have thought of relating that feeling to the cactus! (Also, we have to thank Loenent for making the translation!)

The melody of the song though, is a bit simple. Something that we might have heard before. But, the feeling of sadness is still there. Also, though I love Woohyun’s voice, I would have loved listening to more of Lucia in the song instead of just the last part. I think the part where they did they’re blending, Woohyun’s voice was too loud that I could barely hear Lucia’s voice. Their blending would have been nice if both had the right volume.

Final Verdict: I’d never thought I’d listening to a song called Cactus. But don’t let the title of the song fool you, because the lyrics are very meaningful. This is one of the best videos I’ve seen (so far) for this year. I love that Korean MVs are trying out new concepts and not just the same old things they done in the past.

**credits: LOENENT@yt + as tagged

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