Jive Monkey Playlist: 7/6/15

It’s hard to not reflect back when look at old relationships.  When you’re thinking about old flames, you can’t help but wonder if there was something you could have done to change the outcome or if there were signs of betrayal lurking behind their smile.  And yet, looking back is part of the process of moving on.  This week’s playlist have some of these similar themes even though it a completely different sound.

MBLAQ is back but as a 3-member group.  In the last 6 months, they’ve lost Lee Joon and Thunder so that they could focus on acting or go back to school.  Clearly, it seems that there are unresolved feelings.

I don’t know if the idol group was a stepping stone for Lee Joon and Thunder to move on to better things but I can see the difficulties in trying to adjust from 5-member group to a 3-member one.  You got to change your dance and your harmony to fill in the gaps of the missing members.  From the remaining members’ point-of-view, it seems that they had no idea that these two wanted to leave and I can understand why they feel betrayed and hurt.

Having said that, I don’t blame Thunder for wanted to go back to school to study again.  He is attempting to improve himself.  And as for Lee Joon, he’s quite talented in acting and I don’t mind that he wants to focus on that either.  There are too many idols who do too many things in order to diversify their resumé but they don’t do any one thing to perfection.  If he’s going to continue to pursue acting, I hope and eagerly await to see him perfect the craft.

Back to MBLAQ though, talking about the pain is definitely a device that may help them to move on and perhaps wish their former members well and mean it.  It’s interesting about how the album and this song is called “거울 (Mirror)”.  In the lyrics, they point out the other person’s image in the mirror and ask if they can see themselves?  However, it’s a look back to their own image and the pain that they feel.  Misery loves company and sometimes a little bit of that understanding can help the hurt parties move on.

엠블랙(MBLAQ) – 거울

거울

오늘도 텅 빈 방에 쓸쓸히
들리는 시계바늘 소리
아무 의미 없는 하루가
또 지나고 있어
이젠 웃는 것도 어색해
모든 게 다 허탈해졌어
어떻게 어떻게 어떻게
넌 아무 말도 없이
그렇게 날 떠났고
그토록 널 믿어왔던 내 맘이
무너져 내려 아직 아픈가 봐
누구보다 믿었었던 너였으니까
상처가 더 큰가 봐
미안해 한마디도 없이 넌
거울 앞에 네 모습이 보이니
너는 아무렇지 않은척해도
생각은 나겠지
누구보다 아낀 너였었는데
정말 아파 나는 어떻게 no
너 없이도 괜찮다고 난
잘 살고 있어
행복한 듯이 내 주변인들
네 얘길 묻지
모르겠지만 잘살고 있겠지
바빠서 밀려있거든 내일
너를 신경 쓸 겨를 없어
더러운 옷을 벗고
이제서야 나다운 게 뭔지 깨닫고
시작해 밝은 내일
너도 적당히 좀 해
주변사람들에게 내 욕
내 귀에도 꾀나 들려
너의 가식적인 태도
하긴 내 앞에서
거짓말만 늘어놓다가 넌 떠났지
돌아오고 싶을 꺼야 다시
근데 이제 니가 필요 없어
넌 아무 말도 없이 그렇게 떠날 만큼
우리 사이는 멀어졌었나 봐
이제야 너의 맘이 다 느껴져
누구보다 닮았었던 너와 나였으니까
상처가 더 큰가 봐
미안해 한마디도 없이 넌
거울 앞에 네 모습이 보이니
너는 아무렇지 않은척해도
생각은 나겠지
누구보다 아낀 너였었는데
정말 아파 나는 어떻게 no
미친 사람처럼 웃다가
다시 아무렇지 않은 듯
그렇게 또 하루가 간다
사람들이 나를 보고 슬퍼 보인다고
아무렇지 않은척해도
슬픈 눈빛에 내 맘은
가릴 수가 없나 봐
하루가 지날수록 조금씩 잊겠지만
아직도 내 맘이 아파
나는 어떻게 no
너 없이도 괜찮다고 난

Mirror

Again today, lonely in an empty room
Listening to the sound of the ticking clock
The meaningless day
Passes again
Now even laughing is awkward
Everything has become down in the dumps
How, how, how
Without saying a word
Could you leave me?
Through all that, I’ve come to trust you, my heart
Crumbles, I must still be hurt
Because I believe in you more than anyone else
The scar must be bigger
Without saying I’m sorry once
Do you see yourself in front of the mirror?
Though you pretend nothing is wrong
You must think of me
Because I treasured you more than anyone else
Really hurt, how can I, no
Without you I’m fine
I’m doing well
Like I’m happy, the people around me
Ask about you
Don’t know but I guess you’re doing well
Because I’m busy, got a backlog of work
Don’t need to concern myself because of you
Take off dirty clothes
Now I know what it means to be myself
Start off a bright tomorrow
Do things moderately
The people around me curse about me
Hear it in my ears a lot
Your fake demeanor
Really, in front of me
Just expanded your lies and left
You’re gonna want come back again
But now I don’t need you
As much as you left without saying a word
Our relationship must have grown far apart
Now I feel your heart
Because we resembled each other more than anyone else
The scar must be bigger
Without saying I’m sorry once
Do you see yourself in front of the mirror?
Though you pretend nothing is wrong
You must think of me
Because I treasured you more than anyone else
Really hurt, how can I, no
Like a crazy person, I laugh
Then again, pretend nothing happened
Again that’s how the day passes
People say that I look sad when they look at me
Even though I pretend nothing’s happened
With a sad look, my heart
Must not be able to hide it
As each day passes, might be able to slowly forget
My heart still hurts
How can I, no
Without you, I’m fine

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The indie band that everyone is listening to right now seems to be the band called hyukoh.  As the Infinity Challenge members are preparing for this year’s concert, they did a parody of the popular mystery music program, King of Masked Singer.

I was initially excited for Zion.T until the leader of this band showed up.  I wasn’t surprised that IU knew who the band was but was surprised that she was able to correctly guess each of the singers behind the mask.  That just goes to show what a trained ear she has.  Other celebrity fans include Jang Ki Ha, which I had mistakenly assumed the voice was behind the mask.

Hyukoh is an indie band lead by lead singer, Oh Hyuk.  Their rise to fame has been purely through the word of mouth so much so that it’s only been less than a year since the band has debuted.  Even though many of the industry insiders know who the band is, many of the Infinity Challenge members didn’t recognize the band.

What’s even more hilarious is how shy all of the band members are.  I’m not sure if this is just because they’re in front of the cameras but it takes Oh Hyuk forever to answer a question.  So much so that they needed to get an announcer to introduce all of the band’s members.

Besides Oh Hyuk, there’s Lee In Woo on drums, Lim Dong Gun on bass and Lim Hyun Je on guitar.  Apparently, Oh Hyuk has been busy featuring and producing music like he did recently for Primary.  I’m not sure what they’ll be like with the Infinity Challenge member they team up with but I’m really looking forward to what they’ll produce for the concert.  Perhaps with a back-up narrator in tow.  Ha.

The title song off their last album “22” is called “와리가리 (Comes and Goes)”.  The song is about feeling hesitant over letting go.  He realizes that the relationship is over as he sees the signs but reflects on whether he could change the outcome.  The lyrics say, ‘familiarity is common sense’ which I take it to mean that some people hold on because there’s comfort in hanging on to that familiar feeling.  Unfortunately for him, she’s already so far away that he can’t salvage the dead relationship.

혁오(hyukoh) – 와리가리

와리가리

그런 슬픈 말을 하지 마요
아마 그럴 줄은 알았는데
이젠 좀 잔잔하다 했었는데
뒤도 돌아보지 않아

그런 마음을 낮추지 마요
저기 다가온다 기대했는데
또 한 편 언젠가는 떠나갈걸
이젠 슬쩍 봐도 알아

And we play comes and goes
’cause we did this
when we were child before
and we play comes and goes
’cause big boys still play
the game all the time

다 쓴 야광별을 떼어냈죠
옅은 빛을 살피고 있으면
내일이 그리 기다려졌는데
이젠 그렇지도 않아

어렸을 때 몰래 훔쳐봤던
아빠의 수첩 같은 일기장엔
오늘의 걱정이 적혀있던 게
이제야 생각나네

And we play comes and goes
’cause we did this
when we were child before
and we play comes and goes
’cause big boys still play
the game all the time

익숙하니 또 무뎌지네요
흘러간 장면이 펼쳐지네요
다시 그 순간을 마주한대도
그땐 또 지금 같진 않겠지

And we play comes and goes
’cause we did this
when we were child before
and we play comes and goes
’cause big boys still play
the game all the time

Familiarity is a common sense
I feel like I’m not here anymore
그냥 다들 안고선 살고 있더라고

woo woo

다들 그렇게들 떠나나요
이미 저 너머 멀리에 가있네
여기에는 아무도 안 올 테니
그냥 집으로 돌아갈래

Comes and Goes

Don’t say those sad words
Even though I knew you’d say it
Now I thought thing would get calm
Don’t even look back

Don’t cut back on those feelings
I was expecting you to come from over there
But you’ll leave again
Now I know by taking a peek at you

And we play comes and goes
‘cause we did this
when we were child before
and we play comes and goes
‘cause big boys still play
the game all the time

Tore off the fading glow-in-the-dark star
When I check the dim light
I waited for tomorrow
But now, not anymore

When I was young, secretly took a peek at
Dad’s notebook like diary
Today’s worry that was jotted down
Just thought of it now

And we play comes and goes
‘cause we did this
when we were child before
and we play comes and goes
‘cause big boys still play
the game all the time

Because I’m used to it, again become numb
The passing scene unfolds
Even though I face that moment again
It won’t be the same as now, right?

And we play comes and goes
’cause we did this
when we were child before
and we play comes and goes
’cause big boys still play
the game all the time

Familiarity is a common sense
I feel like I’m not here anymore
Everyone seems to live with it like that

woo woo

Does everyone leave like that?
You’re already far away, over there
Since no one is going to come here
Just want to go home

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