Sunday, May 15, 2016

Sing Along Saturday: Favorite Genre (aka Kpop!)

This music/song meme is fun but oh so stressful to answer every week! This week Katrina from Bookish Things and More is asking this:

This week’s theme is: Favorite genre – what song do you love from the genre you listen to most?

Well. Since January I have listened to mostly (only?) Kpop. This genre has taken over my life. Not even kidding. For the first few months it was only Super Junior but this past month I have allowed the fact that there are some...make that hundreds... of other groups that deserve my attention and's truly all-consuming discovering new bands, and new songs to completely fall in love with.

Are you still fuzzy on what I'm talking about when I say Kpop? Here's the explanation from Wikipedia which is pretty clear and straight forward:

  • K-pop (an abbreviation of Korean pop; Hangul: 케이팝) is a musical genre originating in South Korea that is characterized by a wide variety of audiovisual elements. Although it comprises all genres of "popular music" within South Korea, the term is more often used in a narrower sense to describe a modern form of South Korean pop music covering a range of styles including dance-pop, pop ballad, electropop, R&B, and hip-hop music.

Why do I love this kind of music so much? Do you think I'm crazy? Do you "get it" or do you feel I've lost my mind? Well, I will say that I am probably crazy and I have probably lost my mind, but... BUT I must say I haven't had this much fun with a music obsession since... since... well... since Josh Groban! I can't even begin to explain how fun it is.

But why do I love it? This is why: the upbeat nature of the songs, the "makes you want to dance"-ness of the songs, or (if they are slow,) the beauty of the songs, the beauty of the dancing, the beauty of the guys, (I'm not into the girl groups but they are beautiful too!) the pure athletic ability of these groups, the artistic nature of the "concepts" of the music videos, the intensity of the fandom... and mostly... I just love the songs.

Anyway. I thought about listing other genres I love (epic music, alternative, classic rock, broadway, and anything Josh Groban who sort of has his own genre going) but you'd all know I was avoiding the question which clearly states: favorite of a genre you are listening to MOST! 


And I've shared  a lot of this music already so what to share today and call it my favorite? This is where the stress truly comes in. What to share? What might you actually click on and listen to? What song can entice you to listen to more and join me in my craziness? Is this even possible?

Well, back when I was listening only to Super Junior, I claimed that Opera was my favorite song (and video) of theirs. I've probably shared it before, but I'm giving you yet another chance to check it out now:

I love this song (is it a minor key Jenni? I have no idea but it feels "haunting" to me as you describe in your post for this meme) and I love their look in this video. Don't tell me they are "too pretty"... because what does that even mean? Yes, they are beautiful, pretty and gorgeous! And hot! Smokin' hot. They slay me.

But Super Junior is old news (even though they are still around and not over yet!) so how about a brand new song by the group that the whole world of kpop is loving RIGHT NOW, me included. And so I give you Fire by BTS:

I mean... that dancing!!! Can you even make your feet move that fast? Isn't it so cool? These guys don't kill me with their looks as much as Super Junior does, but dang, they are cute and I love that they try SO HARD to be bad boy and yet... they are WAY to cute to pull it off. Good luck with that guys!

And finally, one more that is by another old-ish group, but one that I have been loving on hard this week. Please enjoy Lucifer by SHINee:

And.. I don't know what else to say about that one except... LOVE IT! I want to learn that dance. And you may be thinking yeah, right. But believe me when I say... I will. I already have the pointing finger bit down. :)

Well, I hope you've enjoyed my sharing of this genre yet again. I enjoy sharing anyway. And gushing. It's not over yet. So hang on. Let me know if you listen and give it a chance. I'd love to entice friends into the fold! I know it's weird at first, but come over... it's a blast here, I promise!


  1. AHH!!!! When that beat drops on Fire... IT IS ALL OVER FOR ME!!!! I tried to resist the BTS love train... but once I discovered V.... it was over!!!!! I love that we both do Super Junior song and a BTS song and then our researched groups of the week... PEOPLE COME TO THE KPOP SIDE!!!! It's always a party here!!!!

  2. So, did you know that "Opera" is in Japanese? As I was listening to it, I realized that I recognized some of the words so I looked it up on Wikipedia. It's Super Junior's third Japanese song. AWESOME!!! By the way, I liked this one a lot. And, yes, it is minor. :)

    Woot woot! I've already seen "Fire" and "Lucifer." As I said yesterday, I really like them as well. :)

    So, as I was listening to both your post and Megs' post, Corey started laughing. He asked me what I was listening to and I told him Kpop. He said that he thought so and wondered why I'm listening to it. I told him about the meme and that I like these songs. He said they sound too boy bandish. Ugh! That phrase again. I told him that he knows I like boy bands and he said that he wished he knew before he married me. *rolls eyes* He was joking, of course. I told him that at least it was better than country and he said that he wasn't sure. So, he put up a poll on Facebook asking which was worse, Korean boy band or country. *shakes head*

    1. Jenny: I still don't get what makes someone categorize a band as a "boy band". There are boys, they are in a band, thus boy band. They dance? Boy band? There are more than two of them? Boy band? I don't get it. Whatever. Call them a boy band, fine, but I hate that for some reason it has a negative connotation like that means they aren't legit or something. Yeah, I could go on a bit of a rant about this!!! LOL!

    2. Oops I called you Jenny in that last reply and not Jenni! Ha! And yes, I think that Opera version is Japanese, but I'd forgotten that! LOL! I know they sing Mandarin stuff a lot but not so much Japanese so it's a bit unusual. Sheesh, I guess I don't know my Korean as well as I thought I did. Hangs head in shame....

  3. No problem with the spelling. ;) When I was little that's how I spelled it. It wasn't until I was in junior high or high school that I changed it.

    And, yeah, I don't understand the negative connotation either. I think it's just because adults aren't supposed to like it because it's for kids. But, I say phooey on that. So, I'm with you, who cares?! The music is awesome and like what you like.

  4. Kpop probably won't be topping my favorite genres list anytime soon, but those Super Junior guys are definitely nice to look at!



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