It isn’t quite the timing of graduation as the song title implies, but recently I have been listening a bit to Kim Dongryul, and this track was one I found to be interesting, particularly because Kim Dongryul wrote this song with his own impending graduation from Yonsei University in mind, and I felt the song’s lyrics intriguingly relatable to a [romantic] break-up in addition to a graduation. Something about the uncertainty of ends to things like graduations often makes me afraid or at least uneasy about them – I’m not sure if this only pertains to a graduation, or ends in general, but there’s a feeling of knowing that you need to move onto different (and perhaps greater) things twinged with hesitancy because you don’t know what exactly lies ahead and what exactly you will be leaving behind in going forward.
Some other Kim Dongryul songs that I have been listening to, some of which I’ll hopefully get around to translating sometime soon are ‘출발,’ ‘첫사랑,’ ‘그대가 너무 많은,‘ ‘귀향’ and ‘하늘 높이’ (Sorry for not translating the song titles, as I am unsure of some of the translations myself.) View full article »
As part of Yoon Jongshin’s Monthly Melody releases, Sung Sikyung covered Yoon Jongshin’s “Tomorrow’s Things to Do (내일 할 일)” and Yoon Jongshin covered Sung Sikyung’s “On the Road (거리에서)“; amongst the various Monthly Melody releases I’ve listened to over the year, this particular song stuck, with its melody, music video, and Sung Sikyung’s cover of it. The Korean title “내일 할 일” can perhaps be translated more simply to “Tomorrow’s Obligations” or “Tomorrow’s Tasks,” but I thought the term “할 일” most literally and precisely referred to things that one needs to or should do, and that “Tomorrow’s Things to Do” would aptly capture this meaning. (I’m still a bit ambivalent as to whether “Tomorrow’s Things to Do” or “Things to Do Tomorrow” is a more precise translation, though.)
On a side note, I think it’s quite significant and meaningful that the last line ends on the word “last.” (The sentence is structured so that it literally reads “[of] the many meetings we had, the last,” although I wrote it as “[in] the last of the many meetings we had” in my translation for clarity.) Ending the lyrics on the word “last” seems to sum up the content of the song lyrics as a whole in causing the listener to dwell last on the word “last”; because the parting described by the lyrics is exactly supposed to be that – the “last” of meetings between lovers and other accompanying emotions given a break-up. And that the last line isn’t a complete sentence or even part of one conveys a feeling of incompleteness, as if a break-up causes one to feel like he/she’s left to cling onto something unsubstantial with uncertain anticipation.
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About a month ago, Lee Haeri won the Park Sangmin episode of Immortal Song 2 with the highest number of votes ever obtained by a female on the show (435/500) through her cover of his song, “Sunflower.” Above is the performance (unfortunately of lower video quality) and below is my translation of the lyrics into English. View full article »
Already at the last part of this series! I’m glad I made it this far considering the schedule I have going on in life. This post will be centered around some more minor characters that I found a liking to, precisely Godo and Jukbang, and maybe anyone else whom I may feel like writing about. View full article »
There are many Hwarang featured and often seen in this drama, but I would like to focus and direct this post to Alchun and Sukboom, two of the more notable Hwarangs. I’m going to focus the majority of this post on Alchun because I have a huge bias towards him, but I guess I’ll give Sukboom some blog time too. (Warning: spoilers included!) View full article »
Getting onto some bigger characters now – Yusin and Bidam. Queen Seondeok’s right and left hand men, and the two who at one point received her love. I like to call these two frenemies – friends but enemies at the same time. They work towards the same goal and they both serve Queen Seondeok loyally, but they go against each other while doing so. Let’s dive in! (Warning: Spoilers included!)
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