Redeeming Myself, Maybe

So, yesterday I posted probably the worst video possible for those of you outside of Korea because now all you've been exposed to is the current strangeness that is the K-Pop scene. Of course, G-Dragon is still a hot little muffin and maybe you might think so if you saw him in one of his other videos, with his band called Big Bang. Here's one of the songs that I can actually listen to while I watch the video of his perfect teeth. So what if the man wears headbands and ponytails?

But anyway, I wanted to give you a little taste of what we're listening to in our house. My taste is mainly informed by Kenny's preferences, obviously. But I like this music. I've decided to give a short video playlist for your listening pleasure. You can thank me in the comments.

First up, here's Lucid Fall. He is my favorite Korean artist and I love ALL his songs. Every single one. If I had to pick a Korean artist to listen to for the rest of my life and I could only pick one, it'd be this guy.

Okay, and this is simply the happiest song in the history of happy songs. No matter what it makes me smile and dance. I like Kim Jong Kook (김종국) in this video because he's not being all manly and obsessed with working out. So, turn up the volume and do a happy dance!

This is from a band called Rollercoaster (롤러코스터)and this is their song Last Scene. They're kind of old school, but I enjoy it.

For another seriously happy song, here's Humming Urban Stereo with Hawaiian Couple. The video is quite cheesy, and so is the song from what I can gather. But I like it anyway. In the beginning of the video, the guy is saying, "I'm sorry. I don't know what I did, but please forgive me." And later, the announcement in the train station says something along the lines of, "The love is train is coming. So hug each other." Listen to this song and go hug somebody!

Last of all, this is a freaking awesome song you should go listen to. The embedding has been disabled, but click on this link and go listen. It's incredible. Seriously, start your day with this. Or end it with this. Or split it in two with this. It's by Jeon Ja Yang (전자양). It's perfection.

So, that's kind of what's going on in our house, Korean music wise. Besides all the G-Dragon YouTubing that's going on. Hope you enjoyed this foray into Korean music. I find that even if you can't understand the words, you can always hear the feelings. I can pick out certain phrases and words, but I often just enjoy the sound. My Korean classes begin tomorrow though! The free ones I get through my freaking awesome school. So, maybe I'll be able to sing all of these at the noraebang the next time we go! (Noraebang is karaoke in Korea. It literally means song room. And you go into your own room with your friends and have drinks and snacks and sing your heart out.)

On a P.S. sort of note: I was observed by my principal for the first time today. And basically all I did was the exact same thing I always do. Except, um, I ignored the fact that she was there. I feel like it went pretty well. The kids were great. They didn't freeze up or act any different. Perhaps they participated with a little bit more enthusiasm than usual, but hey, it could only help, right? Still loving my job. Wonder when the new will wear off?


  1. Why do I still think that this is so bizarre? I mean, the videos all seem the same, they are all singing and dancing. It's not theatrical like most US music videos, nor are they really interpretive.

    That said, they are cute!

  2. I think the reason you're finding it so bizarre might be because I posted things from 10 or 15 years ago. These videos are much different from say, what's being made NOW, such as the Big Bang video I linked to. It's definitely the theatre/interpretive joint you've come to expect from the US music industry. You'll have to forgive me. My taste in Korean music is automatically dated by my thirty year old husband (who, by the way, cannot hear lyrics. He just can't understand what's being said most of the time).

  3. First time comment, but long-time reader.

    I like your music taste, and after the first video and the fact that you mentioned you like every one Lucid Fall's songs, I immediately thought of Jaurim. For me, not only the best Korean band I've heard, but one of my favourite overall bands. Just a suggestion if you want something new. :)

  4. Cassandra! Thanks for your lovely comment and for your long-time reading!! I do, in fact, listen to Jaurim. She is one of our favorites. But my bud Rob, from Roboseyo, just posted a video of her. So, I left that out because it is already wandering the K-web. But thanks for the suggestion! You are awesome!

  5. Such a sweet reply. :)

    If you and Kenny have the chance to see Jaurim live at any stage, you should. Their fans are great, and the shows are always wonderful.

  6. I always wanted to be able to sing a song in Korean at noraebang, but alas, my Korean sucked and it never happened. I sang all the English Wonder Girls parts with my Korean friends though.

    I hadn't heard of any of these Korean artists but a few I loved were Nell, Sugar Donut and My Aunt Mary. ^^


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