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.

B1A4 just recently released their latest studio album in over a year.  They’ve all been busy with their various projects whether they’ve been producing their solo albums or acting.  I hate to bring this up but I must.  I’m really sad that they’ve been swept up in this SNL Korea controversy.  I feel awful for what happened to them and now it’s in the hands of the authorities to investigate the matter.  I’ll leave it at that but what should have been a time of celebration, excitement and joy for the release of their new album seems to be marred by this scandal.  For the purpose of this post, I’m just going to talk about their music.

The thing I’ve always loved about B1A4 is their catchy music.  Even today, songs like “Solo Day” and “이게 뭇은 일이야 (What’s Going on Here?)” play a constant loop in my head.  As much as I was originally charmed by Jin Young, the group’s leader, the news that he was responsible for writing, composing and even arranging the group’s most famous hits made me love him even more.  This album is no different and although “너에게 한 번 더 반하는 순간 (The Moment Where I Fall for You Once More)” is dripping with saccharine sweet confessions of love, the song seems to capture my own sentiments for B1A4 themselves.  What is there to not like about them?

B1A4 – 너에게 한 번 더 반하는 순간 (The Moment Where I Fall for You Once More)

비원에이포(B1A4) – 너에게 한 번 더 반하는 순간

너에게 한 번 더 반하는 순간

내 눈앞에 이쁜 한 소녀가 서 있어요
맑고 투명한 눈 속엔 절대로
거짓이 없어 너에겐 거짓이 없어
이렇게 매력적인 네게 난 또 반했어
이렇게 사랑스런 네게 모든 맘을 줄래

밥 먹을 때 입에 묻히고 먹어도
신발 끈 제대로 안 묶어서
걷다 풀려도
부족해도 그게 내 눈에는 예뻐 보이나 봐
나 지금 네게 반했나 봐

반하는 건 한 번이면 충분하잖아요
look at me
더 이상은 매력 흘리지 좀 마요
baby look at me
너에게 한 번 더 반해 헤어나오지를 못해
너와 함께라면 난 좋아 모든 게 lady
난 또 반해 자꾸 눈앞에 아른거리니
네가 보고 싶단 말야
너와 함께라면 난 좋아 모든 게 모든 게

함께 보낸 많은 시간들이 아깝지 않았어
나 보란 듯이
David Beckham 부부처럼 널 데리고 살래
내가 그 정도가 아니어도 이 손 놓지 않을래
가끔 쉽지 않더라도
쉽게 가지 않을 거야 너와 만든 행복
I wanna I wanna protect her
so I’m forever you
이런 게 사랑인가 봐 I’m in love with you

이렇게 매력적인 네게 난 또 반했어
이렇게 사랑스런 네게 모든 맘을 줄래
우리의 사랑은 이렇게
더 빠르게 빠르게 커져가
이런 게 바로 사랑이겠죠 I’m in love with you

반하는 건 한 번이면 충분하잖아요
look at me
더 이상은 매력 흘리지 좀 마요
baby look at me
너에게 한 번 더 반해 헤어나오지를 못해
너와 함께라면 난 좋아 모든 게

이제 곧 펼쳐질 너와 나의 이야기
우린 손 잡고 느끼고 있어 이 thrill
매일 밤마다 밤마다 네게 반하고 있어
이렇게 너를 원해 내 옆에만 있어

오직 난 너 하나만 원해 너 아닌 다른 건
다 faraway
나는 너란 늪에서 이젠 빠져나올 수 없어

반하는 건 한 번이면 충분하잖아요
look at me
더 이상은 매력 흘리지 좀 마요
baby look at me
너에게 한 번 더 반해 헤어나오지를 못해
너와 함께라면 난 좋아 모든 게 lady

난 또 반해 자꾸 눈앞에 아른거리니
네가 보고 싶단 말야
너와 함께라면 난 좋아 모든 게

너에게 또 반해
la la la la la la la
세상을 환하게 비추고
la la la la la la la la la
날 믿어 주는 그댄 나의 사랑 yeah

The Moment Where I Fall for You Once More

In front of my eyes, a pretty woman stand before me
In those pure and transparent eyes, there’ll never be
Any lies, there’s no lying with you
I’ve fallen again for your charms
I’ll give all my heart for the lovely you

Even if you smear food on your lips as you eat
Because you don’t tie your laces well
if they untie as you walk
Even if you’re lacking, in my eyes that looks beautiful
I’ve fallen for you right now

Just falling for you once should be enough
look at me
Stop dripping with charm
baby look at me
Falling for you once more, I can’t recover
If I’m with you, I like it all, lady
I fall again, why do you keep wavering in front of my eyes
I’m saying I miss you
If I’m with you, I like it all, all

All the times we shared, it wasn’t in vain
Proudly, I
want to live with you like the David Beckham couple
Even if I’m not at the level, won’t let go of this hand
Even if it’s occasionally not easy
Won’t take it lightly, the happiness I’ve made with you
I wanna I wanna protect her
so I’m forever you
This must be love, I’m in love with you

I’ve fallen again for your charms
I’ll give all my heart for the lovely you
Our love is like this
Grows bigger faster and faster
This has gotta be love, right, I’m in love with you

Just falling for you once should be enough
look at me
Stop dripping with charm
baby look at me
Falling for you once more, I can’t recover
If I’m with you, I like it all

Now the story of you and I will unfold soon
As we hold hands, we feel it, this thrill
Every night after night, I fall for you
If you stay beside me, I want you like this

I only want you, everything else but you’re
all faraway
In the bog with you, now we can’t escape

Just falling for you once should be enough
look at me
Stop dripping with charm
baby look at me
Falling for you once more, I can’t recover
If I’m with you, I like it all, lady

I fall again, why do you keep wavering in front of my eyes
I’m saying I miss you
If I’m with you, I like it all

I fall for you again
la la la la la la la
You shine brightly on the world
la la la la la la la la
You who believes in me, my love, yeah

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The first moment I heard “저주인형 (Voodoo Doll)” I was just hooked on that song.  And from that moment on is when I started following VIXX.  Similar to Jin Young’s B1A4, the members of VIXX are also talented and I was particularly taken with the funky track, “Milky Way”.  Written by Ravi and Hyuk, the song is about the group expressing their love for their fans.  I’m particularly taken by lines like, “More than the affection I’ve received, I’ll repay with greater affection” and “More than the time that has passed, the time that will pass is long,” which not only describes the love between celebrities and their fans but how infinite that love is.  Cheesy, I know.  But pretty darn sweet.

The metaphor of the Milky Way is used to describe their fans who are the bright stars that litter the sky.  I love this role reversal metaphor.  And yet, while the fans adoration makes the group shine, it’s the group that wants their fans to shine a bit brighter and be more dazzling which is their way of saying they want to pay fanservice.  And that was done for the lucky 600 fans who were invited to join the group for to be a part of the music video shoot.

빅스(VIXX) – Milky Way

*어깨가 으쓱해지고 – It means to make your shoulders go up and down, like in an excited manner, but this idiom doesn’t have an English language equivalent.  A comparable idiom would be “standing tall and upright” which is meant to reflect a feeling of confidence.

Milky Way

Yeah, you’re my bright light
We’re walking on the milky way

너와 발을 맞춰 걷기 시작한
그날 후로 Everyday
괜히 어깨가 으쓱해지고*
뭘 해도 자신 있게 돼
혹시 내 머리에 들어와
나를 간지럽히고 있니
자꾸 입꼬리가 올라가
내려오질 않잖아

(girl you are my bright light)
빛나도 너를 더 빛나게 할래 tonight
(girl I am your bright light)
넌 그저 빛나기만 해줘 girl
no more question, answer
서로에게 정답이야

Yeah, 우리들의 관계를 의심하지 마
난 네 앞에선 절대 돌아서지 않아

새까만 밤하늘의 별을 모두 모아 모아
너를 더 눈 부시게 할래
baby you’re my, you’re my
네 눈 속에 비친 내 얼굴
그 속엔 반짝이는 미소 뿐
세상에 빛나는 무엇보다
난 너야 너야

네 매력은 끝도 없이 몰아쳐
러블리한 허리케인
쉽게 널 벗어날 수가 없어
자꾸 빠져들게 돼
넌 또 내 가슴에 들어와
내 온도를 높이고 있어
자꾸 내 심장이 요동쳐
진정을 못 하잖아

(girl you are my starlight)
세상을 전부 다 푸른 빛으로 tonight
(girl I am your star, right)
영원히 빛나게 해 줄게 girl
no more question, answer
서로에게 정답이야

내가 받은 감동보다
커다란 감동으로 보답할 거야

새까만 밤하늘의 별을 모두 모아 모아
너를 더 눈 부시게 할래
baby you’re my, you’re my
네 눈 속에 비친 내 얼굴
그 속엔 반짝이는 미소 뿐
세상에 빛나는 무엇보다
난 너야 너야

아 네가 좋아서 주체가 잘 안돼
맘이 너무 예쁜 너 애기 누나 해
아 너무 너무 너무 좋아 부숴버려 아파트
너무 너무 좋아 부숴버려 지구
말했잖아 이 바닥을 갤럭시로
만들 거야 난 너 아니면 싫어
오늘도 밤하늘에다 빌어
지나온 시간보다
지나갈 시간이 길어

매번 상상하지 못한 선물처럼 다가가지 my girl
별을 향한 설레는 걸음 빛나는 Highway
You’re my milky way 이런 기분일까
넌 마치 아이처럼 내게 미소 짓는 걸
그런 너를 담은 맘이 녹아버릴 것 같아

Whenever 너를 바라보며 빛나 줄게 so bright
Wherever 함께라는 그거 하나면 돼 so bright
슬픔보다 행복할 날이 지금보다 앞으로가 더
우리에게는 웃을 일이 더 많잖아 so right

새까만 밤하늘의 별을 모두 모아 모아
너를 더 눈 부시게 할래
baby you’re my, you’re my
네 눈 속에 비친 내 얼굴
그 속엔 반짝이는 미소 뿐
세상에 빛나는 무엇보다
난 너야 너야

Milky Way

Yeah, you’re my bright light
We’re walking on the milky way

Starting to step in line with you, we walk
After that day, Everyday
Somehow I feel proud*
Whatever I do, I do with confidence
By chance, have you come in my head
And have been tickling me?
The corner of my mouth keep going up
It doesn’t come down

(girl you are my bright light)
Even if you’re bright, want to make you brighter tonight
(girl I am your bright light)
You just keep shining, girl
no more question, answer
We each other’s answer

Yeah, don’t doubt our relationship
In front of you, I’ll never turn my back

Pitch black night sky’s star gathers, gathers, gathers
Want to make you more dazzling
baby you’re my, you’re my
My face reflected in your eyes
Only smiles twinkling in there
More than anything shining in this world
For me, there’s you, you

An endless gust of your charms
A lovely hurricane
Can’t easily escape you
Keep falling for you
You again come into my heart
You raise my temperature
My heart keeps pounding
Can’t calm down

(girl you are my starlight)
The world is all filled with a blue light tonight
(girl I am your star, right)
Make you shine forever, girl
no more question, answer
We’re each other’s answer

More than the affection I’ve received
I’ll repay with greater affection

Pitch black night sky’s star gathers, gathers, gathers
Want to make you more dazzling
baby you’re my, you’re my
My face reflected in your eyes
Only smiles twinkling in there
More than anything shining in this world
For me, there’s you, you

Ah, because I like you, I can’t really cope
With a really beautiful heart, be my baby, noona
Ah, really, really, really like you, break the apartment
Really, really like you, break the Earth
I’ve said it, from this earth to the galaxy
I’ll make it, don’t want it if it’s not you
Even today, I ask the night sky
More than the time that has passed,
the time that will pass is long

Always, like a unimaginable gift, draw nearer, my girl
Nervous steps heading towards stars, shining Highway
You’re my milky way, is this the feeling?
You, like a child, smiling at me
Like I’ll melt from the sentiments that you’ve bottled up

Whenever, I look at you, I’ll shine, so bright
Wherever, the only thing is that we’re together, so bright
More than sadness, more happy days moving forward
We’ve got even more things to smile about, so right

Pitch black night sky’s star gathers, gathers, gathers
Want to make you more dazzling
baby you’re my, you’re my
My face reflected in your eyes
Only smiles twinkling in there
More than anything shining in this world
For me, there’s you, you

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I’ve been listening to KNK for a few months now and while they are still trying to attain recognition as a rookie group, I must say that they have pretty decent voices.  They are more known for being the idol group with the tall guys who have model-like features which is what their group’s name makes reference to in an alliterative sort of way. 크 (keu) and 큰 (keun) are both words meaning “big”.  In fact, the average height in the group is about 185 cm (~approx. 6 feet).

However, I think it’s been hard for the group to attain recognition for their singing.  They’ve received some recognition for “BACK AGAIN” and “요즘 넌 어때 (How Are You These Days?)” but I don’t think they were runaway hits.  Rather than featuring a fast, upbeat number, I opted to feature “웃어줄래 (Will You Smile)” which showcases the cadence of their voices nicely.  I think it’ll just take some time for people to get acclimated with them.  Plus, they’re all very easy on the eyes.

KNK – 웃어줄래 (Will You Smile)

크나큰(KNK) – 웃어줄래

웃어줄래

미안해하는 표정 더는 짓지마
오래 전부터 이미 난 알고 있었어
조금씩 변해가던 우릴
아무렇지 않은 척
다 알면서도 말 못했던 난

어쩌면 너보단 내가 너를 많이 사랑했나 봐
되돌릴 힘이 내겐 없기에
다시 돌아갈 수 없다면 이렇게 끝낼 거라면
이별이 아프지 않게

그냥 웃어줄래 마지막 내게 남을
그 모습이라도 간직할 수 있게
웃어줄래 다신 널 볼 수 없기에
처음 그 때 그 모습처럼
처음 만난 그 때처럼 웃어줄래

하루 이틀 시간이 지나면
이별이 좀 더 무뎌질까
수많았던 추억의 페이지를
모두 지워낼 수 있을까
미안해하지 않아도 돼 오랜 시간이 지난 후에
오늘을 다시 떠올릴 때면 내가 미소 지을 수 있게

어쩌면 너보단 내가 너를 많이 사랑했나 봐
되돌릴 힘이 내겐 없기에
다시 돌아갈 수 없다면 이렇게 끝낼 거라면
이별이 아프지 않게

그냥 웃어줄래 마지막 내게 남을
그 모습이라도 간직할 수 있게
웃어줄래 다신 널 볼 수 없기에
처음 그 때 그 모습처럼

혹시 내가 힘들까 봐 눈물 흘리는 거라면
내 걱정은 하지 않아도 돼
너는 웃어줄래 오랜 시간 후에
다시 너를 떠올려도 아프지 않게

그냥 웃어줄래 마지막 내게 남을
그 모습이라도 간직할 수 있게
웃어줄래 다신 널 볼 수 없기에
처음 그 때 그 모습처럼
처음 만난 그 때처럼 웃어줄래

Will You Smile

Don’t make that apologetic face
I’ve known for a long time
How we’ve changed little by little,
pretending it’s nothing
Known all along but couldn’t say it

Perhaps more than you, I must have loved you more
Don’t have the strength to turn back
If we can’t go back, if we end things like this
So that the breakup won’t hurt

Will you just smile, the last thing staying with me
So that I can treasure that image
Will you smile because I won’t be able to see you again
Like that first time I saw you
Like the first time we met, will you smile

A day or two, as time passes,
will I acclimate a bit more to the breakup?
Countless pages of memories,
will I be able to erase it all?
You don’t have to be sorry, after awhile
When I recall today again, so that I can smile

Perhaps more than you, I must have loved you more
Don’t have the strength to turn back
If we can’t go back, if we end things like this
So that the breakup won’t hurt

Will you just smile, the last thing staying with me
So that I can treasure that image
Will you smile because I won’t be able to see you again
Like that first time I saw you

If you’re crying because I might take it hard
You don’t have to worry about me
Will you smile, after a long time
So that I won’t hurt when I think of you again

Will you just smile, the last thing staying with me
So that I can treasure that image
Will you smile because I won’t be able to see you again
Like that first time I saw you
Like the first time we met, will you smile

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