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Mr Gwon Recommends #5

Mr Gwon Recommends

Today Mr Gwon recommends two songs from Ahn Jae-wook.

He says:

This song is called Forever.

When we listen to the beginning of this song we feel like we are almost trembling. This song was from TV drama (Wish Upon a Star), Ahn Jaw-wook played a singer in the drama. This song and the character was so popular. Because we remember the scene from the drama, and he was a really cool guy – so he was a sensation at that time. I think I was a middle high school student at that time. Everyone wanted to have hair like that and styled their hair like that way. We want to be like him. The song is about loving someone forever and when we listen to the song, we can feel the sorrow. He can sing so emotionally and people can feel the emotion in the song. In the drama, he can’t get the girl but he knows he will always love her. But in the end he finally got the girl.

So even though the song was 10 years ago, when we listen to this song it reminds us of that time in our lives. It’s funny looking back now, how we wanted to be like him. We wanted to be cool like that. I want to share this song with other people because it’s one of my favourite songs.

He says:

This song is called Friend.

When we listen to this song or sing it, we are reminded about our friendships. We think about our friends and the time we spent together. When a friend has a bad or sad situation we comforted them and when we have good news, we were happy together. Every time we hang out and drink, when we go to noraebang, we always sing this song when drunk and hug each other. We think aobut how important our friendship is. Actually I lost two of my friends… they died. One in highschool and one about 4 or 5 year ago. So this song makes me remember our good memories. I even remember singing this song with one of my friends before he died. I think other people who have good friends, they might like this song, if they know the lyrics, so I want to recommend this song. I recommend songs like this because I like them, not because they were the best song ever or the top of charts, I like it so I think someone else will like this song as well.


I think it’s probably obvious what is different in the picture this time. Let me in Mr Gwon!


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Mr Gwon Recommends #3

MrGwon_3Today Mr Gwon recommends H.O.T’s “Warrior’s Descendant” and “Candy”.

He says:

This song is H.O.T’s first song and it was really popular when it was released because it was one of the first idol bands in Korea. Also what made them different was that there were 5 members (more than other bands) and they danced really well. The song was really cool, it’s about bullying in the school, so people could identify with it.

So many people liked this song so people copy the type of clothes they are wearing. That time we used cassette tape and we write down all the lyrics and sang the song in the school. I was a really big fan of H.O.T so in my room there was H.OT. posters all over the walls. I bought the same type of clothes like that- baggy clothes and the hat and everything.

Everyone thought the members looked really cool, the song, the clothes….everything. Everyone really liked the English rapping, there had been English rapping in songs before but not as long or as cool as this. We wrote down the English, but in Korean, and we would sing it. We recorded all H.O.T’s performances or appearances on TV shows and we would swap the tapes with friends and watch again and again. We bought the photo albums and the magazines they were in. H.O.T were our heroes.


Candy is their second single. They are wearing cute clothes and gloves and hat and the dance is really cute so every time we went to the karaoke we dance like them. Lots of people know how to dance Candy. It was winter and we bought the same type of gloves and cute clothes. Now when I look at the clothes they are wearing it’s embarrassing, but back then they were the coolest items ever. Also we like H.O.T because they were not from a wealthy background so we feel they are like one of us.


Back then SM Entertainment was really good, the lyrics were really good, we could identify with them and they had more meaning. These days I feel like SM Entertainment became too conservative and don’t want to have anything too controversial. They also don’t seem to care about the quality of the lyrics or English these days. Back then SM Entertainment was only a new company and H.O.T. made them a bigger company. I’m not professional music critic but that’s how I feel about it, that when music companies get a lot bigger they can lose some of their original values.


Oh the clothes! Oh the 90’s!

(Also, what is different about the picture?)


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Mr Gwon Recommends #1

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This is a new section where once a week my husband (Mr Gwon) will recommend a Korean music video, usually an older one.

This week he recommends Jo Sung Mo “To Heaven”.

He says:

 I think it was when I was… middle school student. There are many other music videos but this music video was different from other music videos. This music video has story, it’s really cool. We copy the music video and when the killer tried to hide from police and kiss to woman we do it in the school – to other guys – not girls, it was funny, because it was so cool. Every time we went to karaoke everyone wanted to sing that song. The guy is sad that he lost his girl but he is going to see the lady in the heaven so it’s quite sad but one day they will be together. After this song people use the name for PC Bang, karaoke and hotel- “To Heaven” or “투헤븐”. This song make people cry to remember ex girlfriend or boyfriend.

Instead of getting him to write something out I just type exactly what he says about it.

Also, you can probably see that I drew a certain meme in the picture too. Every week there will be something new in the picture.


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