Lee Seung Chul: Happy New Year in Vancouver + Heeya

Happy First Monday of the year!

 

Today is a very special Monday, and this is a special post, where I will be going to the first K-Pop concert in 2016 *and showering you with a glimpse of it*. And I’m not talking about just any K-Pop artist, but it’s going to be a concert of the legendary – award winning singer 이승철/Lee Seung-Chul. Yes my friend, I’ll be rushing to  Lee Seung Chul: Happy New Year in Vancouver, right after work.

 

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Credit: Ciel Entertainment

 

Before anything, I would have to say that 2016 is going to be a great year for Korean music *ehem-KPOP* aficionado in Vancouver. It’s only the beginning of the year, and we already have big K-POP names like, A-Pink (January 5th, 2015), Infinite (January 7, 2015), and EXO (February 12, 2015), lining up to showcase their music and performance to their fans in the Vancity. Can I just simply say: FIIINALLLLYYYYYY!! Ah I wish I could go to each concert so I can share it with you all *and be broke each month, ended up with a cup of ramyun a day lol*.

 

But it feels right to have one of the biggest name in the Korean music industry to lead the way into sharing the Hallyu fever in 2016 to the rest of Vancouver.

 

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Credit: Ciel Entertainment

 

My friend and I bought the cheapest ticket for this concert, so we might need a binocular to see Lee Seung Chul’s face. But his voice and sentimental songs will be big enough to fill the whole orpheum theater. But still, follow this post as I will post my thoughts, pics, and snippets after the concert today!

 

Lee Seung Chul is one of the most respected singer in South Korea. He debuted as the main vocalist of a soft rock band: 부활/Boohwal *I like their songs too*. After leaving the band, he continued on with his solo career as a singer with hit songs loved by many (mostly sentimental , if not romantic, songs. If you do not follow *the older* K-pop music scene, then you might recognize him as a judge of the reality survival show: Superstar K. *or if you are a sone, you would know that Girls Generation used the name, and covered of his song with the same name as their lead single for the group’s debut *

 

Out of his hit songs, one of my favourite is a song from the time when he was still with Boohwal band: 희야/Heeya. Oh how do I wish he will sing this song tonight.

 

 

Lyrics + Translation

 

희야 – 이승철/부활

Heeya – Lee Seung Chul/Boohwal

 

희야 / Hee-ya

날좀 바라봐 너는 나를 좋아했잖아 / Look at me for a bit, didn’t you use to like me

너는 비록 싫다고 말해도 / Eve if you say you do not like me

나는 너의 마음 알아 / I understand your heart (better)

 

사랑한다 말하고 떠나면 / If you say you love me before you leave me

나의 마음 아파할까봐 / (you’re afraid) It might hurt my heart

뒤돌아 울며 싫다고 말하는 / turning around, crying, when you said you hate me

너의 모습 너무나 슬퍼 / the way you look was very sad

빗속을 울며 말없이 떠나던  / weeping in the rain while you were leaving without a word

너의 모습 너무나 슬퍼 / the way you look was very sad

 

하얀 얼굴에 젖은 식어가는 너의 모습이 / the way  you looked, your white face was drenched and turned cold

밤마다 꿈속에 남아 아직도 널 그리네 /  It still remain in my dream every night, I apparently still long for you

 

희야 날좀 바라봐 오 희야 오 날좀봐 / Hee-ya, take a look at me. Oh, Hee-ya, please look at me!

오 희야 희야 오 희야 오 희야 / Oh Hee-ya, Hee-ya, Oh Hee-ya, Oh Hee-ya

오 나의 희야 / Oh my Hee-ya

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keep checking this post and stay tune for snippets from the concert here

 

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Credit: Ciel Entertainment

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As promised, here I am back in my room, contemplating and remembering the concert I just went to. I will try to organize this so you could comprehend me *brain dead alert*. Right off the bat I would have to give my standing applause for Lee Seung Chul whose voice, music, and stage presence transcend beyond just one or two generations. Ok let’s walked through my train of memory. Here are my thoughts, not so much of a review, as a foreign fan/concert goer. *pics uploaded, uploading videos now*

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I felt like my friend and I were the only foreigners who came on our will. A few others we could spot came with their partner/significant other. Proud foreigner fans!

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Lee Seung Chul’s entry/opening stage was like baaam! It was so awesome!

I sat at the upper balcony of the Orpheum Theatre. I could not see his face, but his stage presence was felt so close and his voice and emotion filled the whole room amazingly. Supa solid!

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His 멘트(?) that thing when he told a story/explaining a song, etc…they were all in Korean. I could understand 70-80% of it(yay practice and hard work are worthwhile). He thanked everyone for coming, even though the ticket prices were so expensive. And he promised, if there will be an encore show in Vancouver to make ’em cheaper (hopefully by half ㅋㅋㅋ). From what i could understand, his fan service is at its best. He sounded down to earth, yet entertaining (funny), and engaging. He mentioned of liking Vancouver and wanting to live here and how – compared to the size of his concerts in Seoul – it feels like having a concert in a neighbourhood. And speaking of neighbourhood, he commented that most people in the concert hall might know each other a which was true. I saw a lot of “Oh Hi” and delighted faces greeting and calling each other. He also allowed people to take pics and videos, unlike other concert where you are not allowed to document anything. Yay!

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He also mentioned that last year (?) out of 300 sth concerts in Seoul, he was #2. With Psy as the #1. I would have to say he is truly (songs wise, performance, voice, technique, emotion, everything wise) a legend.

The songs. I thought I would know 2 songs max. Nope, I know quite a number of pieces he sang tonight. Yay,to sing a long. I also thought it was gonna be super sentimental. But he mixed his upbeat-mellow songs, new and old with great balance it was not boring at all, nor did people feel too exhausted from standing and jumping for too long. Its still showing the rocker side of him while pleasing the crowds with well thought repertoire for the night. There was even a trot song:

He mixed some western top 40s to the preludes of some of his songs, and I have to say its quite impressive. The age range of people who attended the concert was real wide. But I could see that each and everyone of the age group was able to enjoy them self. I mean, to have fans from inter-generations like that. Just one word. Legend. Oh add another three: true super star. It was really interesting to see family who came together, ajummas fangirls *have you heard ajummas yelling “oppaaaaa” oh.so.cute!*, to young peeps, everyone was dancing, clapping, if not nodding.

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Some of the favourite songs I got to record to share with y’all:

 

Favourite ending (that made me think: ah so this is the Korean Jeong of being one nation united in music):

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Who would have thought that waving the South Korean flags would be so touching and yet would create a rock and roll kinda ending? I’m a bit jealous lol. Everyone was waving their hands too:

 

The super – fan service- encore *people has started leaving the hall and suddenly he picked up the mic, talked to the pianist.You could tell it was super unplanned a.k.a candid a.k.a impromptu. That and that song he sang made the prefect encore/ending performance:

I am officially in love with this song 😍. #onrepeat

 

And everything else:

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ps: his next stop would be Toronto | January and 9, 2016. Tickets here.
Now. Even if you’re not Korean, nor a crazy long time fan (unlike most of the ahjummas and ahjussis), going to Lee Seung Chul concert will still be a good idea. I have no regrets, and actually did enjoy it. It was fun, entertaining, and touching (감동). I keep on thinking.. woah he is super cool and he sings really good. like super good! and his voice!!!! *say hi to your new foreigner fan*.

 You would recognized most of his hit songs from all over the places in drama, reality shows, remake of newer singers, etc. It’s a given, that he has 30 years of experiences under his belt, but you would honestly be able to enjoy a performance of a really good singer who can fluently utilize his experiences in delivering  not only a song, but also emotions; to bring a connection or a bridge between the two, with his voice, for the audience to relate to (the lyrics and meaning of the songs). It was an impressive concert. Now I’ll go and buy some of his music and say good night!

 

Until Friday,

Med

 

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Korean Indie Music Scene

2 weeks ago, a friend who is currently working with 우벤유 (우리 벤쿠버 유학생/Our Vancouver) came with me to the Jumbalaya show that I host every Friday.

I will give a little bit of background about woobenyu (우벤유). Woobenyu started as a online cafe (somewhat a facebook group, if you want to compare it to sth more familiar) that helps Korean students who are going to or already in Vancouver. They provides a lot of informations about housing, immigration, life style, etc. Over the years, they have grown into an agency the helps students to settle into the Vancouver life style. Its daum cafe is still famous for students in Korean for looking such information that I mentioned before, and for the Korean students here, woobenyu is the Mecca for those who are looking for jobs, share accommodation, used furniture, new clothes and accessories, etc. The downside is: if you don’t know Korean or how to join the on-line cafe (which can be considered pretty painful because you have to register for certain korean e-mail), you can’t understand what’s going on there. BUT not to worries my friends!,taking the words from my friend, woobenyu is now serving students outside of Korean nationality and they are now in the process of developing the site in English.

OK, so we’re back to what i wanted to tell you. *by now you prolly know that I get distracted easily! ㅋㅋㅋㅋ*

Yeah.. my friend came with me because she wanted to know how does the on-air radio kinda thing feel like. Because I don’t want her to just sit there and watch me for the full 1 hour, I asked her to prepare some music to air so we could talk about her work at woobenyu and also discuss the music she chose.

She picked Korean Indie Songs! =D *yeah that’s how I like it!!*. She picked Ra.D/라디(http://www.myspace.com/radh80 , http://realcollabo.com/artist/114) with I’m in Love and 10 CM (십센치) with Americano. In some ways, Ra.D is more known as his works is used and often sung by the idols in the popular-dance genre.  

I now discovered more names in the K-indie music scene: (psst.. for songs sample from the artist below, just copy paste each name to YouTube!)

–  커피소년/Coffe Boy http://www.iamcoffeeboy.com/

제이 레빗/J Rabbit

글렌체크/ Glen Check

도트/Dot

가을 방학/Fall Break

I find K-indie music to be more refreshing and to have a better and a more meaningful lyrics. Not saying the Idol-songs are all bad tho! It’s just like how I love the west coast youtubers who compose more easy listening, easily related songs with acoustic feels to it. But the big question for me is: WHERE DO I GET THEIR MUSIC?! well.. I havent’ checked the itunes… but yeah.. If anyone knows where I could buy the digital album of these people, PLEASE let me know. I never agree with downloading indie artists’ music for free!! You gotta support their efforts and originality that hasn’t been tainted my commercial and profit driven ego! *agghh my Communications professor overtook me for just a sec there! hahah* Anyways. If you know more names in the K-Indie music and where to BUY their music, please let me know!

well well … until then.. xoxo

Rain – 비 – Hujan, a source of an inspiration

This admiration started from my k-drama addiction when I was still in Indonesia. I was watching Full House *from which, I started my self serious learning at Korean in concentrating how to master the three bear songs, taught by my friend’s bf who’s a korean. yeah I asked the translation as well. and yeah you may laugh out loud!*  when the 비 craze started to come and take over Asia, well.. at least it came in, to Indonesia. Everybody was like screaming his name and kinda mesmerized by his dance and all. How about me? well, my response was like, nah.. he’s okey, just alrite, nothing special for me. And soon I got scolding from my friends who had became his fans back then. I got a lot of  the ‘what are you saying? his so cool!!’s, ‘have you seen his dance, oh my gosh’s, and all that stuffs. 

See, I’m not the type of person who could easily fall for a star. Well, my only real obsession was Westlife when I went through all that growing up thing and rebellions and the hard times of being a teenager. And maybe with Kwon Sang Woo since my mom was a fan of him and fed me with his posters to be posted all over my bedroom wall *usually I could never posted anything there. My dad is kinda strict about that rule*. Or Jang Dong Gun, because All About Eve is my first fave K-drama/dream motivator of mine and he’s super good looking! =P.

I mean I can be a fan, but not that a great of fan that remebers every step and  everything that that star has made or making or WILL make. Anyhow, I’m not a faithful fan/super fanatic/obsessed type of fan *at least that how I see my self now*. I’m super picky.

So yeah , back to the 비 craze. I didn’t think he’s that good looking. And I didn’t listen to any of his music cause I couldn’t get any when I was back home. But now, he’s back! He’s current hair style suit him best! yeah..I think it’s the hair! HAHAHA. But there’s something more than just the look. There’s something glowing from inside. Something I didn’t know what. 

After watching 패밀이가 돘다 with 비 as the guest, I started looking for his other videos on YouTube. *Thx for the subber, or else I will get nothing =)*. I watched Yamshinmanman with the ‘new’ Him. I’m amazed with his personality and story. *once again, to hell with my knowledge of sugar coated image*. In my opinion, he deserved the fame in all over the world that he almost 100% get right now for he truly work hard for it. I think many fans will have to agree with me on this one. =)

His songs are actually great. His dance is unquestionabled. Still, I don’t like his old version style but I admire his strong will. I heard there are some turbulence here and there of him emerging to the US market?! Don’t worry. I believe you’ll make it for sure! You’re there already, no? with all your movie and stuffs. You’re just a prayer away from becoming a big hit there! *why am I writing as if He will actually read this.. 아!바보!* But by any 1/1. 000.000.000 chance that he will read this: Don’t make this one picky fan disappointed by giving up or changing to a real ‘bad boy’ *ah now that song stuck in my head!*! You’ve inspired many *including me* and given hope and motivation to many *again, me included* Just move forward with the love in your backpack now! 지훈 *his real name* 오빠 아자 ! ah, and your English is super great now! woot!

Yeah.. okey.. I’ll take my first impression away and I’ll say it. 비 is a great guy with good personality and…… handsome! There! I said it! =)

So here’s The profile I got from the official site  *gotta stick to the dependable source on this one!* This is the guy, a halyu star with blood and sweat he pours to keep the fire in the kitchen burning. HAHAHA *blabbering has started now.. >o<*

Not complete without a picture, eh?!

 

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May your dreams showered by the rain of your hard work be fruitful. I can’t compete with billions of fans trying to say the same thing right to your face *to get noticed? no, I dare not put a hope like that* that ‘you’ve inspired me’. well, a prayer is stronger. One day, I hope I can work with you, or with people as outstanding as you. *maybe I should start translating my poems and make it into lyrics, no? yeah rite, dream on, girl.. dream on!*


The ninety and nine are with dreams, content. But the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true” 
-Edgar Allan Poe-