Just Bananas About: Week of 12/5/16

Goblin started its run on tvN this weekend and although it’s quite early, I’m impressed and optimistic about it.  Unlike Kim Eun Sook’s previous dramas, this one is a fantasy drama.  Sure, Secret Garden had fantasy elements but both of the main characters were human.  Unlike this drama, where there are gods mixing with humans who have superpowers.  The first two episodes clock in at an hour and a half each and I’m not sure if the subsequent episodes will follow suit but there was a lot of backstory that’s covered in the first two episodes.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 12/2/16

There have been so many idol groups who have released new albums this Fall.  It’s been impossible for me to not only keep up but I’ve barely had a chance to even feature them on this post.  So here’s a post that’s dedicated to the boy idol groups who released new songs recently.

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Just Bananas About: Week of 11/28/16

About a year ago, it was announced that Gilmore Girls would be making a revival on Netflix.  This is finally what prompted to sign up for Netflix again.  Waiting patiently through all the exciting casting news about who would return, the release of promo stills and the trailer, it was finally premiere day.  I nearly spent all of Friday alternating between watching on a tablet on my bed and watching on the TV on my couch before I got through all the episodes.  While this post is not meant to be a complete recap of the episodes, I will be going through some major plot points so be forewarned that there are spoilers ahead.

Carole King – Where You Lead (Full Version)

Carole King – Where You Lead

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[Review] Monster – 몬스터

I LOVE YOU BABY, I’M NOT A MONSTER

Born into a wealthy family, Lee Guk Chul (Kang Ji Hwan) was a spoiled, chaebol heir.  However, he loses his eyesight in a car accident that also takes the lives of his parents.  Shortly after, his aunt is murdered as well and although he survives several murder attempts his greedy uncle, Byun Il Jae (Jung Bo Suk) steals his inheritance.  Having lost everything, he grows up as a beggar, relying on his wit and superhuman hearing to survive the streets.  Years later, he undergoes surgery with the help of a Chinese arms dealer and adopts a new identity as Kang Ki Tan in order to exact revenge on the people who have taken everything away from him.

Cha Jung Eun (Sung Yuri) first meets Guk Chul when she works as his maid.  Though Guk Chul is initially rude to her, he develops feelings for her.  Due to the numerous attempts on Guk Chul’s life, they become separated.  Years later, she also takes a new name and as Oh Soo Yeon she applies for an internship at Dodo Group.  She meets Ki Tan but the two are unaware of their shared past.

Do Gun Woo (Park Ki Woong) is the illegitimate son of Dodo Group’s Chairman Do Choong (Park Young Kyu).  He has lived most of his life in the US with his mother and abusive stepfather.  After a violent altercation, in which Gun Woo ends up murdering his stepfather, his mother takes the blame and commits suicide.  He returns to Korea with Byun Il Jae’s help who intends on using him as a tool to takeover Dodo Group.  Gun Woo develops a mutual rivalry with Ki Tan.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 11/25/16

I hope everyone has had a happy Thanksgiving!  This week, I’m featuring some soulful ballads by artists who have a great history with bringing out emotion.

I always look forward to a new Standing Egg single and mini album.  Not only do they collaborate with a lot of different artists but as indie musicians, I think they have a mainstream appeal.  What’s special about their latest mini album is that rather than focusing on loungy pop or acoustic pop/folk, my favorite songs on the album are the tracks that have a more classic ballad feel.

The title track, “VOICE,” is a dramatically, emotional number as depicted in the music video below.  In fact, unlike the typically Standing Egg songs, this song has an incredibly epic sound with the addition of a string orchestra.  The song reflects how hard it can be to see the pain and hardships that other people go through.  And yet, there’s some comfort in knowing that there’s one person out there who can help you through that darkness.

The music video is quite heartbreaking to watch because it seems to be about these lost children.  However, there’s something beautiful in seeing these two young teenagers who try to save each other.  There’s the literal in which the boy saves the girl from being hit by a car and the girl saves the boy from domestic abuse.  There’s also the figurative element in which he shows her that her blindness doesn’t stop her from being free to continue dancing and she shows him that she sees him and she will be by his side.  No matter what they face, there is an unspoken promise that they’ll face it together.

스탠딩 에그(Standing Egg) – VOICE

VOICE

끝없이 어둠이 밀려올 때
앞이 보이지 않아
발을 떼지 못할 때
누구에게도 손 내밀지 못해
겨우 버티고 서있을 때

네가 무너질 때 손을 잡아줄게
너의 목소리가 들려 어둠 속에

I can hear your voice, your broken heart
기억해줘 모두다
사라져도 내가 네 곁에 있을게 언제나
네 곁에 있을게 이렇게 언제나
널 웃게 해줄게 기억해 언제나 언제나

끝없이 슬픔이 밀려올 때
더해지고 휩쓸려 가슴이 패여갈 때
누구에게도 말할 수가 없어
겨우 눈물 참고 있을 때

네가 무너질 때 그 손을 잡아줄게
너의 목소리가 들려 어둠속에

I can hear your voice, your broken heart
기억해줘 모두다
사라져도 내가 네 곁에 있을게 언제나
네 곁에 있을게 이렇게 언제나
널 웃게 해줄게 기억해

어둠속에 너만 혼자 남겨두지는 않을게

Can’t you hear my voice, my broken heart
기도할게 모두다
사라질 때 너도 내 곁에 있기를
그래 나 너의 아픔 지워주진 못하지만
항상 너의 곁에서
너와 함께 울어줄게 언제나
네 곁에 있을게 이렇게 언제나
내 곁에 있어줘 이렇게 언제나 언제나

VOICE

When there’s an endless surge of darkness
When you can’t see in front of me
And your feet aren’t able to take a step
When you can’t reach out to anyone
When you’re just standing to endure it

When you fall down, I’ll hold your hand
I heard your voice in the darkness

I can hear your voice, your broken heart
Remember it all
Even if I disappear, I’ll be by your side always
I’ll be by your side like this, always
I’ll make you laugh, remember, always, always

When there’s an endless surge or sadness
Plus, when you’re swept up by your heart caving in
Unable to tell anyone
When you’re just holding back your tears

When you fall down, I’ll hold your hand
I heard your voice in the darkness

I can hear your voice, your broken heart
Remember it all
Even if I disappear, I’ll be by your side always
I’ll be by your side like this, always
I’ll make you laugh, remember

I won’t leave you alone in the darkness

Can’t you hear my voice, my broken heart
I’ll pray for it all
When I disappear, hope you’ll be by my side
Yeah, I can’t erase your pain but
Always by your side
I will cry with you always
I’ll be by your side like this, always
Be by my side like this, always, always

“Nothing but Sunlight” is not as epic as “VOICE”. In fact, most of the track is subdued except for the end but it is just as emotional. There is apparently a known thing amongst the fans of Standing Egg in that the last track of the album is typically the highlight of the album. Honestly, I didn’t really notice this trend as I’m just used to my music player shuffling the music but upon reviewing the play count for previous Standing Egg albums, I can actually believe that to be true. The singing style for this track is also quite different and reminds me of the Antony & The Johnsons with their husky but comfy voice.

Standing Egg – Nothing but Sunlight

스탠딩 에그(Standing Egg) – Nothing but Sunlight

Nothing but Sunlight

눈감으면
움츠렸던 가슴에 기억이 내려앉아
움켜쥐던 시간들이
한줄기 빛처럼 사라진다
눈을 떠도
볼 수 없는 태양이 또다시 날 비출 때
기억 속에 눈을 감고 걷는다

nothing but sunlight with me anymore
nothing but sunlight with me anymore

봄이 오면
찬란했던 태양이 다시 날 찾아올까
붙잡았던 그 시간들이
몇 번의 꿈처럼 잊혀 질까
눈을 떠도
알 수 없는 시간이 또다시 날 깨울 때
어둠 속에 나를 향해 희미한 빛이 다가온다

nothing but sunlight with me anymore
nothing but sunlight with me anymore

nothing but sunlight with me anymore
nothing but sunlight with me anymore

nothing but sunlight with me anymore
다시 날 찾아올까
nothing but sunlight with me anymore
꿈처럼 잊혀 질까

Nothing but Sunlight

When I close my eyes,
memories come down on my shirking heart
Seizing time is
like the disappearing beam of light
Even if I open my eyes,
when the sun I can’t see shines on me again
In my memories, I close my eyes and walk

nothing but sunlight with me anymore
nothing but sunlight with me anymore

When spring comes,
the radiant sun find me again
The moments I’ve held on to,
how many times, like a dream, will I forget them
Even if I open my eyes,
when the unfamiliar moments wake me again
In the darkness, the hazy light comes for me

nothing but sunlight with me anymore
nothing but sunlight with me anymore

nothing but sunlight with me anymore
nothing but sunlight with me anymore

nothing but sunlight with me anymore
Will it find me again?
nothing but sunlight with me anymore
Will I forget it like a dream?

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I’m not really sure where Tei has been all these years.  I’ve heard that he’s been busy hosting a radio program and I suppose he’s released singles for OST’s here and there.  However, it’s been years that he’s released an album and it made me realize how much I missed his charismatic voice.

I’m glad that he’s with a new management company and hope that the release of this latest album means that we’ll get more from him in the near future.  Literally, I have been enjoying the entire album but if I had to pick just one song to feature in this post, it would have to be “그리운도 사랑이다 (Longing is also Love)”.  He’s always been great at expressing how it feels like to love from a far which is probably why he does a lot of emotional ballads for OST’s when we realize the moment that the OTP can’t be together.  He does the same for this track and it’s hard not to sympathize with the pain of loving someone when you can’t be with them.

Tei – 그리운도 사랑이다 (Longing is also Love)

테이(Tei) – 그리움도 사랑이다

그리운도 사랑이다

미쳤나봐 널 그냥 보냈어
바보처럼 망설이다가 잡지 못했어
그저 낯설기만한 뒷모습에
덩그러니 남겨졌어

눈을뜨면 넌 나를 찾아와
차가워진 이별로
나를 깨워서일까
아파온다 죽을것처럼 무너진다
눈물은 너를 놓기전에 멈추지 않아

떠나간다 난 너에게 추억이 된다
니가있던 그 시간들은 두고가라
난 끝내 못난 사람이라 나에겐
그리움도 사랑이다

끝이란건 끝나지않더라
너에게서 멀어지는법 알수가 없어
아파온다 지각한 마음 미련이라
이별은 그날 그때부터 멈추지 않아

떠나간다 난 너에게 추억이 된다
니가있던 그 시간들은 두고가라
난 끝내 못난 사람이라
나에겐 그리움도 사랑이다

무너져 내린다 마음 가누지 못한 체
결이 달라진 시간과
잘려버린 세상 끝에 혼자 남아

뒤돌아본다 숨 내쉬듯 널 되내인다
꿈결같던 그 기억들과
눈물나게 고마운마음 모두 사랑이라
내맘이 멈추질 않아

그리움도 사랑이라

Longing is also Love

Must have been crazy for just letting you go
Like an idiot, hesitated and didn’t hang on
From the back, just an unfamiliar image
The only thing remaining

When I open my eyes, you’ll come find me
With a cold goodbye,
will that wake me up?
It’s becoming painful, like I’m gonna die, it’s crumbling
Tears don’t stop until before I let you go

It’s leaving, I’ll become your memories
Leave behind those moments where you reside
End it because I’m an awful person, to me
Longing is also love

The end does not mean things end
Don’t know how to get away from you
It’s becoming painful, that a tardy heart has lingering affection
Breakups don’t stop thing from that day, that moment

It’s leaving, I’ll become your memories
Leave behind those moments where you reside
End it because I’m an awful person,
To me, longing is also love

Crumbling down, my heart can’t keep me steady
With the changing time
Alone at the end of the world that’s been cut away

Turning back, as if let out my breath, I repeat you
With those dream-like memories, tearfully
With a thankful heart, I love all
that my heart doesn’t stop

Longing is also love

Just Bananas About: Week of 11/21/16

I was a little worried when I saw the new cast of the Three Meals a Day with Lee Seo Jin.  I guess I was so used to seeing the chemistry between Lee Seo Jin, Ock Taecyeon and Kim Kwang Kyu but I’ve been enjoying watching Eric, Yoon Kyun Sang and the cats, Mong and Kung.

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Jive Monkey Playlist: 11/18/16

It’s an all-SM featured post today.  A lot of the SM artists, especially singers who are in big idol groups, have been releasing a lot of their solo albums and singles recently.  It’s to be expected that many of the songs are gonna be about love but the common thread I’ve been finding in the tracks for today’s playlist is the inability to forget about that person, whether thinking about that person makes you happy or whether it pains you to think about that person.

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