Tuesday, June 10, 2014

[mixtape liner notes] 빛과 용기를. Light, Courage.



빛과 용기를. listen to it here

It's been a while since the Sewol Ferry sank, yet there are still families still waiting for their loved ones to return to them.

"제가 제 딸을 이렇게 억울하게 잃었는데 어떻게 견딥니까, 어떻게 잊습니까. 이겨낼 수 있겠습니까? 이겨낼 수 없습니다. 적응해야죠. 제 딸이 없는 세상을 살아갈 수 있도록 스스로 적응하고 최면을 걸어야 합니다. 어떤 말도 위로가 될 수 없습니다. 다만 이렇게 이야기해주십시오. 
“한 달 뒤에도 잊지 않겠습니다. 1년 뒤에도, 10년 뒤에도, 평생 잊지 않겠습니다.” 
그것이 저희에게는 가장 큰 힘이 됩니다. 저희가 가장 두려워하는 것은 잊혀지는 것입니다. 우리 아이들이 잊혀지고 우리가 잊혀지는 것입니다. 그러면 대한민국이 잊혀질 수밖에 없기 때문입니다. 잊지 않겠다고 위로해주십시오."
"I lost my daughter like this, how am I supposed to endure, how am I supposed to forget. Will I be able to win over it? I can't. I need to adapt. I must adapt, and tell myself to go on living in a world without my daughter. No words can comfort us. But please, say these words. 
"I won't forget after a month. After a year, after 10 years, I won't ever forget."  
That will be the biggest support for us. Our biggest fear is being forgotten. Our children being forgotten, us being forgotten. Because then, Korea will be forgotten. Comfort us by telling us you will not forget." 
- Yoo Kyung Geun, Father of Yoo Ye Eun & Spokesperson of the families of the deceased 

This is a reminder for those whose duty is to remember. To remember to always have hope, to fight for a better world, to move forward for a brighter world.

01) "Try" - Zitten
The pestering gestures of desire / the voice of oppression forcing you to bow down / they could not close your shining eyes / you grabbed my key / oh, try
02) "See The Light" - Dear Cloud 
The times of sadness, and the times of happiness / revolve around you, shining / I can see the light 
03) "The Song Being Sung By The World" - Daybreak
This beautiful chorus / the song created by the world / chorus 
04) "Healing Song" - Casker
My path will always / my heart will always / my life will always / my dream will always / be the power that will lead me to walk forward 
05) "Different Sky (Follow)" - The Ratios
 Father, all the truth / follow, the path you take / Mother, all the love / follow, like your wish
Love is just another sky / tough, but brilliantly / it shines, like that star / it shines brilliantly
06) "Tree of Life" - Park Ji Yoon
The songs we have build up / grow into a forest / they will build a life of peace, and sing 
07) "To Me, All Your Burden" - Toy feat. Yoonsang 
 The weight of the world / A harsh world / I'm here so / your heavy burden / ...to me
Give all of them to me
08)  "Going Home" - Kim Yoon Ah
To you and me / this world is a cruel and a scary place / so come back to this place any time / you have a home, you have me. / I really hope tomorrow / something good is waiting for us / that a new sun will rise / that the thing we want the most will happen / I pray. 
09) "Way To The Light" - TwoMyung feat. Siwa 
 God, guide us to the light 
10)  "Mother's Sea" - Yoo Hee Yeol feat. Kim Yoon Ah
Piece written by Yoo Hee Yeol in tribute to the lives lost in the Sewol Ferry Incident. 
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Some songs on this mixtape are from the playlists I've played on my internet radio show after the accident.Others were largely inspired by the May 23, 2014 broadcast of Yoo Hee Yeol's Sketchbook, which can be streamed here in North America. Kim Yoon Ah performed "Going Home" on the show, and Yoo Hee Yeol performed "Mother's Sea" as well. This mix took months for me to compile, mainly because I was very uncertain about posting it. But on the other side of the globe, there wasn't much for me to do, and this was one of the few things I could do. So here it is.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Half-way Check Point: 2014 in Korean Music So Far.

I wasn't planning on writing this post, but since a commentor asked for it in my previous update post and I was in a blogging mood lately, I thought I would give it a go. But first! I've been posting a lot over at my new film blog Cinematriarchy, so if you are into movies at all, please do check it out, and if you've seen the movies I've talked about, please do let me know what you thought about them, I'd love to hear.

This is going to be a simple, but messy post because I usually don't keep a good track of all the music I check out during the first half of the year. But I do keep a general annual 'liked tracks' playlist on iTunes. And although I really slacked off on it in 2013, I've been better with it so far in 2014. I'll base this post off of that playlist, and just kind of freestyle my way through some notable songs and albums that caught my attention, along with debuts, comebacks, etc.

Then, just some music and musicians of January - May 2014 I want to talk about!


Wednesday, May 28, 2014

REPLY 2013: Top 20 Korean Albums of 2013


After weeks and months of pushing off on it, I've finally decided to just go ahead with it and post it: the Top 20 Korean Albums of 2013. Unfortunately, I was terrible at keeping track of everything I listened to in 2013, but from what I could remember, I listened to just over 100 albums released between December 1, 2012 ~ November 30, 2013. Which is probably a dozen or so fewer than what I listened to from 2012 for that year's round-up post. Which isn't bad, but still, it probably could've been better. Also, I was terribly uninspired in 2013 (as you could see from the dire lack of updates on this wee blog) which ultimately resulted in these awfully late round-up posts. I am not proud of myself. But let's get this over with and move on. Few important notes about this post:

  • This list includes albums released between December 1, 2012 and November 30, 2013.
  • Unlike my previous round-up lists, this list is not ranked. The list is in alphabet order.
  • This is a subjective list.
One interesting thing to note about this year's list is that it's unranked. It was really difficult to rank the albums, hence, alphabetical.