Before I get into this article, I need to direct you to a few other articles that I wrote, all of which are directly relevant to what I’m about to write. You will likely not understand some of the references in this article unless you read these other ones first (or are friends with me on Facebook, in which case you can skip these). Give them a read (or at the very least, skim through them), then come back to this one. Go ahead. I’ll wait.
- The #Coronavirus chronicles, part 6: Keeping spirits high #COVID19
- The #Coronavirus chronicles, part 19: Revisiting MIDI sequencing and songwriting #COVID19
- The #Coronavirus chronicles, part 21: 안녕하세요. 저는 김레몬입니다 #COVID19
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This morning, a friend of mine PM’ed me with this: “it would be epic to see LOTD in Korean.”
I sent him back this reply: “challenge accepted!”
So, I looked up K-Pop songs, and I came across this video. I will freely admit that what caught my eye was the artist’s name (take a look!). I listened to the song, and as it turned out, it’s a really pretty ballad that’s relatively close to my own writing style. I might end up buying some CDs (yes, I still prefer buying CDs, even if I do rip everything to iTunes) from this artist.
I ended up using the first four lines for my Lyric Of The Day (and I’m posting this mostly for my own reference and learning purposes).
"나를 사랑하는 법은 어렵지 않아요 지금 모습 그대로 나를 꼭 안아주세요 우리 나중에는 어떻게 될진 몰라도 정해지지 않아서 그게 나는 좋아요..." -- Roy Kim, "Only Then"
I was never a fan of pop dance songs. When I first heard K-Pop songs and saw related videos, my initial impression was that K-Pop songs were primarily pop dance songs, so I haven’t given the genre a lot of thought. This video that I found changed my mind.
It got me thinking: what would it take to write a song that’s not in my native English? There is some precedent for this; probably the most famous example is Ritchie Valens singing “La Bamba.” It would be a challenge for me; I’m still learning Korean (although I’ll admit that I haven’t been pursuing it as aggressively lately), and I’m far from being able to read it quickly or being able to carry on a conversation. Nevertheless, the idea is intriguing, and one that I’m considering.
This idea is making me consider several things. First, it’s encouraging me to get back into my Korean language lessons. Second, it’s making me want to revisit my songwriting and MIDI recording endeavors. Third, it’s inspiring me to break many bad habits directly related to pandemic fatigue.
And, if nothing else, it’s sparked an interest in K-Pop with me. I guess I’m going to have to go buy some K-Pop CDs.