Jive Monkey Playlist: 12/9/11

He only did one round on I Am a Singer before getting booted off.  Then he came back to do a duet with rocker Kim Kyung Ho and a new bromance was born.

Then he rocked the Korean-Australian community during their I Am a Singer concert there.

Now he’s back with a 4th album.  God, I love to watch and hear Kim Yeon Woo sing.  He looks so effortless but his voice is so powerful.  Hmm, there are so many choices on his new album, “Mr. Big”.  Which one to pick?

I did originally want to feature “My Darling (Narr. by Jung Sung Ho)”.  His voice actually sounds so different from the way I’m used to hearing him.  Especially when he hits the low notes.  Apparently, Kim Yeon Woo wanted to challenge himself with a soul blues number and mimic Lim Jae Bum.  Honestly, I’m not sure if he succeeded on the Lim Jae Bum front but at first, I doubted that it was actually Kim Yeon Woo that was doing the singing.  It was that different.  However, the classic Kim Yeon Woo vocal chords peek out when he reaches the higher octaves.

Kim Yeon Woo – My Darling (Narr. Jung Sung Ho)

The classic Kim Yeon Woo voice doesn’t play hide and seek in “Hello My Friend”, this week’s feature.  I chose it because it’s so upbeat jazzy.  It’s got that 1930’s Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers flair.  A little ballroom dancing and glamour of old Hollywood.  Plus the lyrics have this sweet innocence of yore.  It’s positively vintage.

Kim Yeon Woo – Hello My Friend

Hello My Friend

정말 오랜만이야 반가워
나도 나일 먹었나봐
보고 싶었다고 니 생각 많이 했다고
그런 말을 하기엔
사실 나 조금 쑥스럽나봐

가끔씩 너의 소식이 궁금할 때면
친구들에게 물었어
만나는 사람 있는지
어디 사는지
너무 궁금해서 잠도 못 잤어
넌 몰랐겠지만

그리웠나봐 함께 했던 시간들
동화 속 얘기들을 꿈꾸던
순수했던 그 날로 돌아갈 수 있었다고
다시 만나 반가워 Hello My Friend

널 만나면 무슨 말을 할까
지루하지는 않을까
조금 변한 내 모습이
어색할까봐
너무 긴장해서 잠도 못 잤어
넌 몰랐겠지만

그리웠나봐 함께 했던 시간들
동화 속 얘기들을 꿈꾸던
순수했던 그 날로 돌아갈 수 있었다고
다시 만나 반가워 Hello My Friend

설레였나봐
함께 할 시간들이
하고 싶은 말이 많았는데
순수했던 기억 속
주인공은 너였다고
그땐 말 못했지만
용기내서 말 할게
다시 만나 반가워 Hello My Friend

Hello My Friend

It’s been too long, nice to see you
I, too, must have gotten old
Wanted to see you, I thought about you
To say that out loud
Honestly I must’ve been a bit embarrassed

Sometimes I wonder what you’re up to
I asked my friends
If you’re dating someone,
where you’re living
I was so curious that I couldn’t sleep
You probably had no idea

Must’ve wished for time with you
The dreams of a fairytale like story
We can return to those innocent days
Nice to see you again, Hello My Friend

If I meet you, what would we talk about?
Won’t it be boring?
Since my looks changed
will it be awkward?
I was so nervous that I couldn’t sleep
You probably had no idea

Must’ve wished for time with you
The dreams of a fairytale like story
We can return to those innocent days
Nice to see you again, Hello My Friend

Must’ve been excited
to spend time with you
I had tons I wanted to say
Deep inside my wholesome memories,
you were the star
I couldn’t say it back then
but I’ll gather the courage to say it now
It’s nice to see you again, Hello My Friend

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One thought on “Jive Monkey Playlist: 12/9/11

  1. I was so excited when Kim Yeon Woo first appeared on I Am a Singer. Too bad he was voted off so soon. I’m glad that he’s received more recognition though. I think he’s always been a recognized, respected singer in Korea, but not as well-known as some other singers. I’ve always liked him. His voice is so pretty yet powerful. Thank you for sharing a few tracks by him 🙂

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