By: LazerKim I got one update yesterday!! Just a photo of Kim Hyun Joong’s leading Jung Yumi and Nam Goong Min in a hospital scene, but Hyun Joong was not in the picture! This scene makes me think this must have a love triangle!! I guess most of Korean drama has love triangle, as expected. I wonder now is Nam Goong Min’s character is someone close to Hyun Joong’s character Baek Mir? Now let me guess, We have a picture of Hyun Joong’s tight embrace with Jung Yumi, is it a farewell embrace, and during Baek Mir’s absence this guy comes along to protect her?? Well that remains to be seen!!
I have posted the article Future Dreams, that talks about the interview of Kim Hyun Joong in Japan last year, I have focus the topic on Hyun Joong’s future plans as he mentioned in that interview. There were a lot that Hyun Joong talked about from that interview which I would like to tackle some parts of the interview. Here it goes:
Hyun Joong stated, “Coming out with my first solo album, I Kim Hyun Joong wanted to give all I can to it. I wanted to show all the hard work I put on stage, always trying my best. To my fans, besides showing hard work, I want them to feel what I feel on stage.”
Critics would say, Hyun Joong is not a good singer. This is not new to me anymore in fact I have gone used to them saying this and tend to ignore them since they would just say the words but could hardly justify for saying Hyun Joong is not a good singer. As his critics kept saying this, Hyun Joong kept hitting the top of Oricon or any music chart to any of his four albums he released within one year.
Hyun Joong said “I want them (fans) to feel what I feel on stage.” this would at least experienced by his fans who were able to watched him in person as he performed on stage. But what about those who may not have experienced such opportunity, and yet they support or buy Hyun Joong’s CD. What could be the main factor why people buys his CD if what the critics said is true, that he is not a good singer?
Others think Hyun Joong is being overrated, which I think have already tackled this matter. What Hyun Joong’s words struck me is what he feels on stage. I think this is where my heart fell!! The first time I heard him sing was only last year as I watched him performed in one of the Music Count Down, that I was totally struck as in mouth open bewildered!! With his looks, yes because I couldn’t believe it’s Hyun Joong who was in front of me!! I spent the whole night searching for more video clips just to convince myself it was him. In short I was captured. I didn’t know he’s a singer and a dancer, because all I know is Yoon Ji Hoo of BOF period!! I was totally amazed by his performance.
I heard him sing the songs Love and Fortunate, it was then I fell even deeper!! It’s Hyun Joong’s voice to be so sweet, so simple but I can feel him deep inside me. I think this was how I was captured. There are brilliant singers at Kpop who has good voice, can sing to the highest note in music but for me this is not the factor that I’m looking for in music. The music that I can stand listening for a whole day without feeling tired, I’m more of the smooth quality of music whether it’s a ballad, rock, pop or any upbeat music.
I can only speak for myself, this at least is my type, and even I’m just listening to the singer without having to see how he looks, I can be captured, if I can feel the music, if I can feel what the singer is trying to convey simply by just the melody of the song, can capture my heart. Hyun Joong’s music has that quality that I want to listen to. Hyun Joong sings music that he can feel right from his heart, that made it easier for him to convey his heart to his audience. This I think is his secret on how he was able to capture his audience.
From here, his body follows as he dances filled with energy that makes his audience dance with him. His audience feels his heart, his passion, his emotion as he performs on any stage. That’s Kim Hyun Joong, that’s how he captured his audience through his emotions and his powerful stage appeal that not all singers have. There are singers who are good technically speaking but can sometimes sings to himself, in the absence of feelings in conveying what he wants to communicate with his audience. Hyun Joong is just as simple and yet has the power to take control of his audience no matter how huge it may be.
In one of his video clips, Hyun Joong was saying, he learned from his first fan meeting in Japan which he performed for about six cities. He was a bit uneasy that time maybe because it was his first time to host a fan meeting by himself. He mentioned he learned something out of those events and learned what was missing. On his Asia Tour fan meeting concert he started to take charge, planned out and innovate. He thought of more ways he can reach out for his fans, Hyun Joong is just that passionate in meeting his fans, performing on stage and a big chunk of interacting with them, that his fans truly enjoyed.
In his Asia Tour fan meeting which started in May and ending up in July, Hyun Joong took the effort in Hi Five session or handshake session that he sincerely would like to do on his own personal willingness. This worries me a bit though, what if in every event he host in the future and he could no longer do the handshake, would his fans take it against him? I really hope not. Hyun Joong is also human being who is just being truthful to us his fans. Another thing that I like in him is being truthful to himself too.
If you watch his video clips there are shots that most of the time he doesn’t smile. And I truly admire him for that, he does what he feels and not doing something simply because he’s oblige to. There are many artist who could be that, pretending to be smiling the whole time but deep inside how they wish they don’t have to do it. I would rather see a rare smile but genuine when he does, and Hyun Joong is like that, if he doesn’t feel like smiling he won’t, but when he does, you would feel that instant sincerity in him.
Same with the choice of music, if he can not bring himself to enjoy with it, then how can he let his audience enjoy it too. I think this is one privilege specially given to him by his agent to have that liberty in terms of music choice, composer and even choice of choreographer. I think this is one factor that made his albums successful. I’m not saying he did this by himself since we all know the people behind working with him, but it’s what he feels that matters in bringing the best in his music. Oh it’s not easy to dance with the music you couldn’t feel, same with the songs that a singer has to sing, how could they emote if they don’t feel like singing the song.
Hyun Joong is simply being himself all the time, I think he wants his fans to take him for what he is in reality. As he said, “why should I please anyone who does not like me?” He’s right, because Hyun Joong simply does not want to pretend just to win anyone’s heart. He’s so transparent he will say whatever his mind dictates him in the most polite way without being offensive on the contrary he even sounds funny with his candid honesty!!
Well, this is all I have for today’s daily dose, but before I go, I would like to mention my deepest appreciation to the fans who are active in uploading Hyun Joong’s video clips at YouTube that now is very helpful to us fans in reviewing Hyun Joong’s past events, thank you so much. Maybe all we can do now is to watch those video clips again since we do not have updates.
I guess we all feel the same way but at least you’re not alone, I’m not alone, what are alien families for?? We do share with sadness, in pain, in joy and happiness but most of all we share the Feeling of Missing Kim Hyun Joong!!!
LazerKim here writing
Photo credits as tagged Ms.D, thanks!!