In October, when only a couple of months remain until the end of the year, many Kingos must be extremely busy studying for their midterms and doing assignments. It is, of course, important for them to do their best at their tasks. Nevertheless, just like there are “rests” to show the certain length of the pause in a piece of music, there are also times when Kingos need some rest to refresh themselves before they can move forwards. The Sungkyun Times (SKT), therefore, now introduces an artist and a song that will convey words of comfort and encouragement to Kingos when they rest in the middle of their busy lives.
Artist of the Month – Ahn Jung-jae (zai.ro)
Ahn Jung-jae, also known as zai.ro, is a Korean rookie guitarist who was born in 1992. Even before he debuted, he was getting attention as a fingerstyle guitar player by collaborating with famous artists at their concerts or in their albums. He has also covered many songs by K-pop musicians and world famous musicians in his own style and uploaded videos online. In particular, his cover version of American legendary pop singer Michael Jackson’s song, Love Never Felt So Good, has received so much attention around the world that it has hit 1.1 million views on YouTube. In 2017, he released his first studio album New Generation, which consisted of 14 songs he had written. In his recent songs, he not only plays the guitar but sings by himself, which shows his talent as the singer-songwriter, zai.ro.
|Ahn Jung-jae (vlive.tv)|
➊ You’re Fine
Unlike other songs on his debut album, this song has lyrics that Ahn Jung-jae wrote and are sung by himself. He said that he wanted to say that it was okay for people to be themselves to people who were depressed and had lost their confidence in their lives. Lyrics like “Look behind you and see how well you have done so far. That is all you need. You are fine,” sound like real messages of encouragement to his listeners.
|The Music Video of You’re Fine (youtube.com)|
➋ Slow Romance
his song is from the original soundtrack (OST) of the Korean drama It’s Okay, That’s Love, which aired and gained in popularity in 2014. It lasts for only about two minutes with the guitar melody; it may be quite a nice song for Kingos to listen to while walking around campus in the middle of the night when they study for the midterms or do assignments at the school library.
|The Album Cover of Ahn Jung-jae’s Debut Album New Generation (chungchunmusic.com)|
Song of the Month – Jessie J “Who You Are”
|Jessie J Performing at the Seoul Jazz Festival 2018 (hospitalphotograph.tumblr.com)|
This song is from Jessie J’s debut album Who You Are which was released in 2011. Jessie J is a British singer and songwriter, who is famous for her overwhelming vocal techniques and singing better live than in studio records. The singer, who has several megahits like Bang Bang, Flashlight, and Price Tag, said that she had written the song shortly after her three-month trip to Los Angeles at the age of 20. She confessed that she had felt lost in her life and had been ready to give up on music at the time. Therefore, she wrote the lyrics of the song based on her emotions and situations she was in; the lyrics are about giving hope to people who face choices at every moment and feel discouraged or lost in their busy lives. In particular, lyrics like “It’s okay not to be okay. Sometimes it’s hard to follow your heart. Tears don’t mean you’re losing, everybody’s bruising. Just be true to who you are” sound like they are comforting and encouraging people with Jessie J’s appealing voice. In her interview with The Sun, a British tabloid newspaper, she said that she was happy that a single song could change people’s lives and even save both her life and other people’s. She added that a lot of her fans sent her messages via Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube that they had gained strength thanks to this song. Therefore, the SKT recommends this song to Kingos, who feel both mentally and physically exhausted because of exams and assignments, not to lose themselves, and to rest when they feel worn out.
|Jessie J’s songs give the listeners courage to take things easy. (dailyrecord.co.uk)|
Pretty much everything around Kingos needs a recharge, and so do they. If Kingos try to push themselves too much just to go forward, they might feel burned out. Listening to the artist and the song of the month, the SKT hopes that Kingos will get a little relaxation every now and then and do their best with their exams.
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