I Have a kpop Crush… oh dear…

During my last year of high school, most of my friends when on a ‘kpop’ frenzy.

I, at the time, thought that kpop was a band. K. pop. Kpop. Like NSYNC. But foreign.

It sounds like it could be a band, right? Well, to everyone who also thought that it sounded like a possible band name, it apparently isn’t.

Kpop, is Korean pop.

My friends also mentioned a number of different bands, suggested for me to look up and listen to since I wasn’t nearly as enthusiastic about Blah and Blahdeblah and Bloodegit and Bleesh and Young Blearggy as well as the other Gibberish names that burst from their mouths too quickly.

One band, which I remember because I could actually remember the name back then enough to look it up (and be disappointed), was SHINee.

Well, the difference between back then and now is that this time my friend sent me a number of links to look at and click at my leisure, and got to listen to actual music and not think my friends were crazy for a bit.

Back then, since nothing was turning up when I searched “Shiny music” other than glittery sounds. There was also “calming soothing music” that sounded like the composer was trying to make sounds that might sooth my fluctuating aura.

I was unimpressed with my friends and their taste in music for a little while before deciding I have better taste in friends than that, and therefore was probably looking up the wrong “Shiny” than their “SHINee”.

So I was that quiet person at the table when that conversation topic came up.

Oh yeah, sure I heard that one song, didn’t much like it as that other song you were talking about earlier… yeah, that one. No wait, or was it another one? I don’t know, I listened to it on a playlist, and it was labeled useful things like “Track 01” and “Track 02”.

What? No I’m not lying… I really do like Shiny. That is how you pronounce it right? Yeah, see?

So yeah, I went out of my way to make sure my friends just wouldn’t ask about it, mainly by lying with ignorance, but they were worse than when I was much younger and everyone else was going gaga (a funny term to use nowadays) over the Backstreet Boys.

Or was it Boyz?

Whatever, I missed out on THAT fad by not being interested in much any kind of music and listening to Queen’s greatest hits…

I think this is Karma or something. Everyone lacking the y-chromosome must have a band crush, an most get it over with when they’re young. They are smart even as they squeal and ask each other which one they like more. The cute one? The smart one? What do you mean they’re all ‘gay’ dad? You heard it from Weird Al?

But I missed out on getting the embarrassment out. I missed the deadline, and now life is smacking me in the face with something more than Backstreet Boys. More than NSYNC. Something I don’t even understand!

And now I have a band crush.

I’m in love with SHINee…

Perhaps, when Life was trying to decide what I would get my band crush on, it wondered what kind of music, what genre… and then it saw that I like anime and manga and most things foreign… and decided Β kpop was the one.

Well, she watches shows with subtitles anyway, so lets throw korean pop at her!

ShaZAYM!

At 1:45 or so that thing is really cool, and the guy in front makes a funny face πŸ˜€

They also, if you’re interested, make japanese versions of a good deal of their songs… HERE for the same song, in Japanese. Same dancing, different outfits, and that scene where the one guy makes a funny face is gone, but instead he gets a funny hat πŸ˜€

*sigh*… and they’re all so cute too…

At least Life hit me with a band full of eye candy πŸ˜›

RESPONSIBLE eye candy as well.

SHINee gets pulled into doing a show, called “Hello Baby”… They get a kid and have to take care of it. That’s the point of the show… It’s REALLY FRIGGING ADDICTING TO WATCH! Watch it HERE

*sigh*… This is mainly just to lament the fact that I no longer have a life, and am now very close to remembering each of their names, and knowing the general sounds and sort-of-recognizable words from some of their songs…

You may also like HELLO , Ringdingdong, Juliet, Amigo, Replay, and many more by SHINee πŸ˜€ (last link is a guide to the members)

To prove that I’m not in a dying little musical circle, here’s a chart that has probably been updated to show how many more people know about and like kpop.

Other examples of kpop, that I like or have heard of are:

Troublemaker : This song I’ve listened to many MANY times… Makes me want to whistle along πŸ˜€ Fun song as well.. Lexy, click the link. Seriously. You’ll be jamming along with it πŸ˜€

4minute Ft. Beast/ B2ST – HuH (Hit Your Heart) : This may help some people who like more popular rap/pop because it sounds like a foreign version of a number of hits πŸ˜€ This link cuts off at the end though, still good though

I am the best by 2NE1 : This one is funny and may have bum bratatata tata tata ta stuck in your head for a bit πŸ˜€ Fun video as well… not my fav, but it’s impressive what they do in such high heels… also funny horn hair at the end XD

PONPONPON : You will think that the person who made the video was on crack, but honestly as soon as you get past the bizarrenness, you will be giggling up a fit at the ridiculousness of it all πŸ˜€ So funny πŸ˜€

I also heard that Super Junior is good, but I’ve been trying to limit my band crushes for this next while.

So there’s a huge burst of Kpop for your system, if anyone has suggestions for me, SUGGEST THEM!

Also, if your excuse to not watching or listening is lack of understanding, I mentioned my watching series with subtitles for a reason. You CAN get subtitles, or even look up translated lyrics πŸ˜‰

The Light That Stole the Show, an Inflatable No-No

Belated for Christmas, or really holiday time in general, but figured I’d get this out there.

When I was home for the holidays during Xmas 2011, a great deal of my walking at night with Lexy was aimed towards talking about various things, making fun of dog and what we imagine dog would say with his ever-changing imaginary voice, and, since it was that time of year, looking at what lights and what kind of effort our neighbours and distant neighbourhood neighbours had put up for the season.

There were houses that looked like Holiday Cheer had reached its drunken limit and threw up on their lawn. Sometimes that holiday cheer ended up on parts of their houses, too.

There were houses that had a concentration of brightness, of lights that would zig-zag and bundle itself into a concentrated portion of the house. These houses would attract your attention even as you didn’t want to burn your eyes looking directly at it. “Isn’t that a nice house–BRIGHT!DON’TLOOKATTHEDOOR!BRIGHT!–and they even decorated…”

There were colour themed houses. My sister and I looked at two houses side by side, one with orange/red and yellow lights concentrated around the entrance, and the house directly next to it spread out in sprawled squiggles in blue and green. The contrasts in the double houses–the huge buildings cut in half to house two separate families– were especially amusing when we saw done in the calm chilly blue-white lights on one half and furious and fiery red lights on the other.

There are also the inflatable things… I’m not terribly fond of these things, for a number of reasons that are beside the fact that they look mostly stupid. They aren’t new anymore, so there are a lot of houses where even the Holiday Cheer couldn’t get drunk all over their lawn–there’s no room to. If you have a front lawn that isn’t particularly large, you shouldn’t be trying to fit three of the gigantic inflatable things… I also don’t like that they use up so much energy just having air pumped into them, and if they’re punctured, most people throw then out–more garbage, thanks…

Some are amusing, and when they first came out I thought hat they were held upright due to the sheer amount of awesome that had been pumped into their creation.

Some of them MOVED. Some of them had songs that went with their movements.

On walks, Lexy and I would occasionally stop for a bit to appreciate the blow up dolls things on people’s lawns.

This year, we had another reason to stop and stare. And smile. Sadly didn’t get around to going back at night, but here’s a picture of what we saw:

You can't help but look at it, can you?

If this had been taken at night, I have no doubt that it would be even more… spectacular…

Lexy has mentioned that she saw a Rudolf blow up thingy, equally unfortunately lit.

Also, Santa seems to be in a skirt πŸ˜›

There are a number of things that come to mind when I look at this picture…

It’s staring at me.Β 

I just hope that children who walk past won’t see it later as the one-eyed demon that ruined Christmas anything abnormal, and will be too focused on the light that’s staring into their souls how awesome and blown up that Christmas decoration is.

Though, I’d like to think that the people who own this house didn’t keep it up when if they noticed the unfortunate light. I think know my parents would have noticed, and would have laughed long and hard before taking it down.

I hope that they notice it next year if they choose to put it up…

Have to say though,Β that was the most memorable Christmas display (seems like the wrong word to use for some reason) from this past year.

Happy belated holidays to all, and in honor of my Wiccan friend, a very belated Merry Samhain and Yule.

BONUS: Samhain is pronounced Seh-my-ah (not sam-hain as I’d once thought) and always occurs on October 31st for the Northern Hemisphere.

For 2011, Yule falls/fell on December 22nd above the equator, and June 21 below, and 2012 Yule will happen December 21st.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHEN WICCAN HOLIDAY ARE in year 2012:Β http://www.holidays.net/calendars/religions/dates2012-wiccan.htm