Song of the Day: Don’t

“Don’t” by 조규찬 (Jo Kyu-chan, or Cho Kyu Chan which seems to be the romanization of choice) on his album Guitology continues to be one of my favorite songs. I love the lazy vibe and simple lyrics – it’s the perfect antidote to a stressful day!

“Don’t”

Everything Will Be Fine
Though Things Are Going Crazy
Don’t You Worry My Friend
Don’t
Don’t

It Will Just Be Alright
Though The Sky Falls Down On You
Don’t You Worry My Friend
Don’t
Don’t

Feed Your Fish, Clean Your Room
Take A Walk and look up to the sky
Don’t Be Afraid, I’ll Be There
Next To You
Holding Tight, Your Hand
It Will Just Be Alright
Though The Sky Falls Down On You

Song of the Day: 그게 사랑 (That’s Love)

Album artwork for 인생은 아름다워 [Single]
Album artwork for 인생은 아름다워 [Single]

This song by an Indie group known as 달콤한 소금 (Sweet Salt) is one that I fell in love with while watching a Korean drama. The song is  그게 사랑 or “That’s Love,” and it was featured in “Dr. Champ.” It is sung in the drama by the actress Kim So-yeon.

It’s simple melody and pensive lyrics guarantee it a repeat play when the song randomly comes up in a playlist. You can find the title on the single, 인생은 아름다워 (A Beautiful Life).

달콤한 소금 – 그게 사랑

사랑은 이렇게
사랑은 이렇게
사랑은 이렇게
잊혀질만 하면 또 다시 생각이나 어쩔 수 없는
하루가 지나 이틀이 지나 그래도 생각이 나면
잊어볼래도 지워보려해도 자꾸 생각이 나 어쩔 수 없는
그게 사랑
 
사랑은 이렇게
사랑은 이렇게
사랑은 이렇게
잊혀질만 하면 또 다시 생각이 나 어쩔 수 없는
하루가 지나 이틀이 지나 그래도 생각이 나면
잊어볼래도 지워보려 해도 자꾸 생각이 나 어쩔 수 없는
그게 사랑
 
사라졌다 한 순간에 선명해지는 건
그게 사랑
 
아무렇지 않다가 다시 간절해지는 건
거리를 걷다가
그대 닮은 누군가를 보게 될 때면
거리를 걷다가
그대 목소리에 놀라 돌아볼 때면
거리를 걷다가
그대 닮은 누군가를 보게 될 때면
거리를 걷다가
그대 목소리에 놀라 돌아볼 때면
그게 사랑 그게 사랑
그게 사랑 그게 사랑 。。。♡

There’s a Sweet Salt page on tumblr; I don’t know if it’s their own or a fan’s page, but it will give you a chance to hear more.

Song of the Day: “Te Necesito”

Te necesito is one of my favorites from the album “Estrella de mar” by the Spanish group Amaral. This version is a duet, sung by Eva Amaral and Beto Cuevas (formerly of the Chilean group La Ley), but there is a solo version done by Amaral on the album as well.

The album is available on iTunes; check it out!

Lyrics / Letras

Oh, Ohhhhh.
Como quieres que me aclare
si aun soy demasiado joven
para entender lo que siento
pero no para jurarle
al mismisimo angel negro
que si rompe la distancia
que ahora mismo nos separa
volvere para adorarle
le daria hasta mi alma
si trajera tu presencia
a esta noche que no acaba

CHORUS:

Te necesito
Como a la luz del sol
en este invierno frio
‘pa’ darme tu calor

Oh, Ohhhhh…
Como quieres que te olvide
Si tu nombre esta en el aire
y sopla entre mis recuerdos
si ya se que no eres libre
si ya se que yo no debo
retenerte en mi memoria
asi es como yo contemplo
mi tormenta de tormento
asi es como yo te quiero

CHORUS

Oh, Ohhh…
como quieres que me aclare
Oh, Ohhh…amor
como quieres que te olvide

CHORUS

Te necesito
Como a la luz del sol
tus ojos el abismo
donde muere mi razon

Oh, Ohhh…
Te necesito
Te necesito
Te necesito
Te necesito

Amaral has a new album out – “Hacia lo Salvaje” – and has current tour dates in Europe.

The new album is also available on iTunes. I know what I’ll be listening to this week!

Recent Listens: Spies and Warriors

Normally my taste in audiobooks runs to fiction; rarely will I choose a non-fiction listen. This is mainly because I deal with the non-fiction world much of my working day and prefer getting away from that in my off hours. However, two of the books I’ve selected as audiobooks recently were biographies and they were fascinating departures from the norm.

Book jacket for "Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World"
Book jacket for “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World”

The first title I’d selected was “Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World,” written by Jack Weatherford and narrated by Jonathan Davis, with an epilogue read by the author. I was drawn to the title because I had recently watched the movie, “Mongol,” an epic tale starring Japanese actor Tadanobu Asano, and the storytelling of the film had aroused my curiosity. This book title randomly showed up as a recommendation in my Audible feed (and it really could not have been more random as I’ve chosen nothing similar previously), so I listened to the preview and was hooked.

Fourteen-plus hours later and I had a newfound appreciation for the Great Khan, the Mongol culture, and a period of history from an Asian perspective that I’d heretofore only known from a Eurocentric position.

The description in the listing on Audible (where I’d found the title) refers to it as a revisionist history, but that sounds deceptive and somewhat demeaning. Generally, I’ve thought of something that is referred to as “revisionist history” as being something where a different (wrongheaded) taken on an historical even is put forth, perhaps to whitewash an unpopular but generally accepted set of facts. The words “lunatic fringe” also spring to mind. But perhaps this is my bias because this biographical work does indeed attempt to revise perceptions of the Mongols and Genghis Khan as ruler.

Thanks to the clear, very approachable prose used to recount the details of the era and peoples in question and the equally compelling narration, the book is as entertaining as any work of fiction.

For more information and to preview this audiobook, go to Audible.com.

The other title was recommended to me by a work colleague. This was “Agent Zigzag: A True Story of Nazi Espionage, Love, and Betrayal,” by Ben MacIntyre and read by Ben Lee. As one might infer from the title, the biography of one certain Eddie Chapman sounds like an implausible yarn, and yet this is one of those cases where the truth is stranger, or certainly more remarkable, than fiction.

Book jacket for "Agent Zigzag"
Book jacket for “Agent Zigzag”

If you’ve not had the fortune to have heard of Eddie Chapman’s exploits, then waste no time in making yourself familiar with his story. A crook of moderate success, with expertise in explosives (safecracking) and hanging out with the wrong sorts, ends up working for the Germans and the British during World War II. To go into any of the details would be to cheat you of an entertaining journey – it has to be read, or in my case, heard, to be believed.

I began listening to this story on a drive with my husband and was surprised when, after arriving at our destination, he indicated that he’d like to continue listening to the story. I’d not expected it to capture his attention, yet within short order he had listened to the entire 11-hour book before I’d had a chance to return to it myself! At regular intervals he’d hint that one unbelievable thing or another would be recounted in the story. As I’m the prolific reader (or listener) in the family, it was particularly interesting that this one should have captured both his imagination and mine so firmly. It is a testament to the entertaining yarn woven by the author, and, of course, to the fantastic character that was Eddie Chapman.

For more information, and to preview this audiobook, go to Audible.com.

Appearing in Korean Quarterly

Photo from Bobby Kim's Heart & Soul tour appearance in Wonju City.
Photo from Bobby Kim’s Heart & Soul tour appearance in Wonju City.

The following performance pieces were originally written for and appeared in The Korean Quarterly.

Television Drama

Movie

Concert / Musical Performance