After all these Melody of Lyrics posts about love songs, I decided that today I have to do one on friendship. So for this post I chose Park Bom's solo single "You and I", which I've liked ever since it was covered by the cast of the drama What's Up?. The songwas released in 2009, gained a lot of popularity and was ultimately chosen as Best Digital Single at 2010 MAMA's. Though the music video is more about romance, the lyrics describe a close bond between two people who aren't necessarily lovers.
Ladies and gentleman, welcome to the first awards event here in Between Wor(L)ds - The Between Wor(L)ds Drama Awards 2012. It is an event meant to appreciate those crazy things about Korean dramas that often go unnoticed, like the best crying face or the worst couple of the year. This is where we get to point out the highlights and the...um...lowlights? of the drama year 2012. So without any further ado...
Warning: May contain some spoilers for dramas that aired in 2012!
January's Elle Korea is filled with gorgeous pictorials of actresses Yoon Seung Ah, Han Hyo Joo, Park Min Young and Song Hye Kyo. While Yoon Seung Ah and Han Hyo Joo experiment with edgy brightly coloured hair, Park Min Young and Song Hye Kyo look simply breathtaking in their romantic photoshoots.
The drama year 2012 has finally closed in and every Asian drama blogger out there is probably measuring the quality of the past year's dramas in their own year end reviews. I am writing a year end review for the first time. Overall, I think 2012 was a pretty good drama year. For me at least. I watched three dramas that made into my all-time favourites list and managed to avoid most of the bad dramas. And there were several other gems that made me very happy. My only regret is that I spent very little time watching Taiwanese and Japanese shows. It was hard to find J/TW-dramas that really interested me. And since new promising K-dramas kept on coming, I just had no time to spare for others. Better luck next year, I hope.
First of all, sorry for not posting this on a Friday like I always do, but since I wasn't able to use a computer yesterday and I don't want to skip this entirely either, I'm gonna post it today.
Lee Seung Gi is one of the most loved young male ballad singers in Korea and though I'm more familiar with his acting and variety works I do know a couple of his songs. "Because You're My Woman" is Seung Gi's debut song from his first album "The Dream Of A Moth" (2004), the ballad that pretty much caused the noona-romance madness we know today. The song is full of raw emotion and has a very lovely music video to top it.
I'm posting this week's Melody of Lyrics rather late since I've been quite busy these days. Anyways, today I chose a song by a Taiwanese singer Cheer Chen, also known as Chen Chi Chen. The song is "The Meaning of Travel"(A Fabulous Adventure, 2005), which I know only thanks to the film Miao Miao that I reviewed some time back. The lyrics are written by Cheer Chen herself.
Time for another Epik High post for the Melody of Lyrics series. I just can't help it because I truly love pretty much all the song lyrics from Epik High. Today I chose "Fan", which was released in 2007 on their "Remapping The Human Soul" album. It is one of my favourite songs from them and I also love the creepy music video.
By now, I think I have made it clear that Big Bang is pretty much my favourite K-pop group. I like that they have their own sound and actually take part in the production of their songs. G-Dragon is known have composed and written many of their songs, with T.O.P also writing his own rap parts. And for a K-pop group, Big Bang does have quite good song lyrics.
Today, I'm going to discuss "Love Song", which was released in 2011 on their special edition of "Tonight" album. It is not my all-time favourite song from them, but I like the lyrics (and the music video).
Sorry for the late post. I had to skip last week's Melody of Lyrics because of technical issues and today my internet connection has been real slow. So, I'm posting this quite late in the evening.
Anyways, this week's edition is 10cm's "Hold Me/Give Me A Hug", which was released on August 11, 2011. I love 10cm's easy-going musical style and all their songs I'm familiar with have sweet quirky lyrics with a very positive approach. And "Hold Me" is definitely a song with a very lovely message that leaves you all warm inside.
For the third week in a row, I'm going to discuss a drama OST song. This time it's Jung Yong Hwa's (CN Blue) "Because I Miss You" from the 2011 drama Heartstrings. It is a lovely ballad with simple, but moving lyrics. It isn't overly dramatic, but at the same time it really is a touching love song. The song was composed and lyrics written by Yong Hwa himself.
Miss A's Suzy, Yoon Eun Hye and f(x)'s Sulli feature in this month's High Cut, in three very different photoshoots. Suzy's playful and sporty, Eun Hye is classy while promoting new drama Missing You, and Sulli poses in a more romantic atmosphere.
I have loved each of the earlier VIKIcampaigns featuring the beautiful Han Hyo Joo and the winter photoshoot is no exception. With icy blue tones in the background, Hyo Joo looks amazing in the warm-coloured winter fashion.
I love Epik High. While Big Bang might be the male group I actually fangirl over, then Epik High is the Korean group I respect the most. Their music never fails to impress me, from melody to the rapping to the lyrics. So yes, I love them. Which is why I was absolutely thrilled to hear that they were going to release an album. When Tablo signed with YG Entertainment and released his solo work I got worried that Epik High might break up. But upon hearing that the whole group also joined YG I was a happy camper. And now they're out with the new album "99".
I heard "Byul/Star" in the 2006 romcom 200 Pounds Of Beauty where it was sung by Kim Ah Joong. In ways this wonderful ballad reminds me of something that you would usually hear in Japanese romance movies. Not sure why though. I find Ah Joong's shorter version of "Byul" in the movie to be most emotional, but in the official soundtrack it is actually performed by Youme, but with equally beautiful voice.
Wohoo! It's the first official birthday of this blog. Exactly a year ago I did my first awkward post (see the awkwardness here) and started off to an unsure start, wondering about what to write next and where I was going with this blog.
Block B is one of those rookie groups I'm keeping my eye on. They debuted with "Freeze", which I didn't/don't really care for, but when they released the oh-so-catchy "Nalina" I had to reevaluate them. The boys might be a little out-of-control in their interviews, but perhaps music-wise that kind of reckless image pays off. Because now that "Nillili Mambo", the main track of their album "Blockbuster", is out I can help but replaying the song non-stop. Talk about being catchy.
As I already stated in the first edition of this series, Epik High has one of the best written lyrics in my K-pop music collection. This time, I'm gonna discuss "Pieces Of You" (feat Jisun). It is a beautiful song with slow rhythm, delicate vocals, powerful instrumental track and wonderful rap sequences. "Pieces Of You" is from Epik High's "Pieces, Part One" album released on 17th of April 2008. The lyrics were written by Tablo and Mithra.