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Paul Weller / Noel Gallagher (Oasis) – One Way Road

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I wanna get high, but I never could take the pain
‘Cos it would blow away my soul like a hurricane
Like a one man band clapping in the pouring rain
If I know where I’m going, I don’t know from where I came

Where we gonna be in summertime?
And are we gonna see the heavens shine,
Like diamonds in the sky?

As soon as they come
The feelings they go
All alone, on a one way road
As soon as they come
The feelings they go
All alone, on a one way road

I wanna get high, but I really can’t take the pain
‘Cos it will blow away my soul like a hurricane
I’m like a one man band clapping in the pouring rain
If I know where I’m going, I don’t know from where I came

Where we gonna be in summertime?
And are we gonna see the heavens shine,
Like diamonds in the sky?

As soon as they come
The feelings they go
All alone, on a one way road
As soon as they come
The feelings they go
All alone, on a one way road

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All that whining music saved me

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Oasis

Oasis

 

 

Radiohead

Radiohead

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some people are not a big fan of downbeat, introspective, dark shoegazing music.  I.E, sissy and whinny.  Music does affect people’s mood.  For this reason, there are plenty of people claiming a depressed person should avoid listening to these sissy sad music; some goes further, dissing these bands/musicians altogether.  “Look,” they say, “stop locking yourself up in your bedroom and play that silly music all the time.  Come out and enjoy the weather.  Listen to some happy music.  That will cheer you up for sure.”

It’s not entirely untrue; but looking back my life, that didn’t hold true for me.

Plastic Tree

Plastic Tree

I might look like a normal geeky kid with no trouble record, decent grade and alright relationship with people, but I was so lonely in highschool.  After experiencing some tough incidence in my junior high, I knew that anyone can possibly backstab me and I’d better be careful.  I also knew that small community of girls can be very tiring – all that gossiping and making a big deal out of nothing.   I don’t know whether it was because of my INTJ man-scanning instinct or experience, but either way I am not all-out open person when I first meet someone.   My high school was a big, elite-club, cliquish bubble community.  Everyone knew each other – even teachers and students, since the school had preschools to high school.  Think of J-Crew catalogues.  Imagine Gossip Girl and Desperate Housewives: now move the setting to small, wealthy Midwestern town.  If you still can’t imagine, watch this:

Now you have the idea – I almost had goosebumps when I first saw this video, because it was so like my high school.

I turned for Korean student community.  After all, I wanted to try what it is like, and was excited to see that many Koreans in my school.  I thought I would have no problem, because I’m Korean.  Soon I started to see my expectation was wrong.  I could never understand why Korean kids always have to do everything together, even if you have to sit with someone you really don’t like during lunch.   If they spot you hanging out with some white kids or bail out of some kind of group activity because of your schedule, all of sudden the whole Korean community started to bash on you and deem you as some sort of traitor.

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I still don’t understand why Koreans are so obsessed with “proper treatment of senior classmen” even when they are no longer in Korean school.  If you fail to use honorifics Korean or fail to call your (Korean) senior classmen with sunbae nim, again you just turned the entire Korean student community to your enemy.  I still don’t understand why Korean students HAVE to go to Korean church, when there are hundreds of other churches or religious community.  Lastly, I still do not see why the seniors expect you to do whatever they tell you to, and get flipped if you don’t, even with a proper explanation and excuse (they believe you are simply lying).   No wonder why so-called Global Club was consisted entirely of Koreans.  After my first year with Korean Student club Global Club, I quitted.  That was also the last time I ever joined any kind of Korean club.

I hung out of some Korean girls, mostly out of social appropriation and not making any enemy.  I couldn’t really be a full member of that group – after our school vacation, they would always bring some Korean pop CD and magazine to share.  While all of them are giggling about this new Korean actress and drama, I was really not interested (I tried).   For some reason, they were able to distinguish this actress from that actress while they were in States; I couldn’t.  I tried to listen my favorite Japanese pop album, then a plenty of them flat refused my suggestion, saying they don’t like to listen to a singing in foreign language.

Dir en grey
Dir en grey

By nature I enjoy being alone and capable of doing many things on my own (example: I can totally eat alone in the big restaurant).  However I was lonely and felt there was no one to turn to.  Until I find two of my good friends (bless their souls), all that whinny, sissy music was the only thing I can turn to.   I tried some happy pops, but I couldn’t really fall for it.  The words were about some distant world that I’m not a part of.

That was my blowhole.  Listening to these musics in my bed, doing nothing, with open window, cold winter breeze and sometimes snow, I could let all the things I wanted to say out – the things that no one quiet understood at the time.  That’s probably why I can’t let go of them, no matter how these bands fell into mannerism/plagiarism/bad music/breakup, etc.  They are part of me.  If they were not there, I really don’t know what would have become of me.  And I’m glad I was able to reach out for the music.

Oasis – Songbird

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No copyright infringmenet intended.

I don’t know why but this song has been stuck in my head for two days.  I’ve been to Oasis concert last year, not this year! Oasis didn’t even sing this one in their last concert! But for some reason it just never leaves my head.


Talking to the songbird yesterday
Flew me to a place not far away
She’s a little pilot in my mind
Singin songs of love to pass the time
Gonna write a song so she can see
Give her all the love she gives to me
Talk of better days that have yet to come
Never felt this love from anyone

She’s not anyone
She’s not anyone
She’s not anyone

A man can never dream these kinds of things
Especially when she came and spread her wings
Whispered in my ear the things I’d like
Then she flew away into the night
Gonna write a song so she can see
Give her all the love she gives to me
Talk of better days that have yet to come
Never felt this love from anyone

She’s not anyone
She’s not anyone
She’s not anyone

Wonderful Night with Muse

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January 7, 2010 had a strange start.  Like usual, I got off from the bus and walked to my office building.  As I walk I was trying to find something from my bag.  Then a random non-Korean foreigner kinda nudged me as he walks.  Excuse me! I almost wanted to chase him and push him like he did, but since I am a classy lady, I gathered myself under control.  I think there has been some strange, not-very-pleasant incident too but I forgot about them – all thanks to Muse concert at that evening!

I like Muse, but not so much of a fan who checks their website of whatever every single day.  But I heard there live concert is an absolute blast.  Lastly (and most importantly), I just love going to the live concerts and going nuts.  When majority of kids of my age likes clubbing, drinking and hooking up and getting laid, I go concerts and go nuts instead.  If you put me in places like London or Tokyo, I’ll be bankrupt, spending pretty much all of my money to the concerts and such.  In fact, most of my expenses at Tokyo were spent to live clubs and concerts.  I tried to get some friends to go with me.  Unfortunately almost all of their working schedule was totally out of synch with mine so I went there by myself anyway.  Thanks to the rush-hour traffic, my forgetfullness to leave glasses at home and that 20-inch-snow bomb which paralyzed the entire Seoul city, I was there a bit late.  Remembering how I missed the “Rock ‘n Roll Star” of Oasis concerts (Damn traffic!) last year, I was begging Muse to not to start on time or have their first song as something I like very much.  Lucky me, they didn’t start on time.  But then, it was delayed for about 35 minutes.  If I did not have knowledge of how Matthew Bellamy can be obssesive compulsive disorder patient before each conert (causing him to suffer from bad stomach and multiple visits to bathroom on last year’s Jisan Rock Festival), I am pretty sure I’d be angry. Well, at 8:35 pm it started at Olympic Park’s main stadium with 11,000 peole.  From here, a note-taking type of my review – because I was zombified as the concert proceeds.  If you do not want to read a lot of swears and exaggerations, please skip the rest of writing, and jump to the conclusion – it was one of the best I’ve ever seen.

Matthew Bellamy = he’s frigging small.  Small.  Small as grade school kid.

Dom Howard = some random college kid living your next door

Chris Wolstenholme = Bear.

Oh

Oh my

Oh my fuc*ing god

I frigging knew people say Muse live is the shit, but I did not expect this much.

It’s like I saw a frigging new world!!!!!!! This is the Space Opera Rock!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Olympic Stadium is notorious for bad sound quality, but for somehow they managed to pull out something that is very close to the CD recording.  Damn.

The background graphics were total kick-ass.  It was not a random pretty pics – they actually prepared and coordinate each graphics for each songs.  Basically the quality was like music video+CD = live.

For about 100 minutes, all they say was “thank you Seoul!” “사랑해요 Seoul! (I love Seoul)” “감사합니다 (thank you)” and other than that it was straight songs.  No voice cracking, no mistakes.  Damn, what are you guys – monsters?

Uprising and Supermassive Black Hole was placed at the beginnign of the live – I was already like “hell yeah!!!!!!!!!” Huge catharsis when everybody sang “they will not force us/they will stop degrading us/they will not control us”  I ran to the front line but a very nice and kind staff told me to back off.  Thanks and sorry lady. And I got to listen the Starlight in live.  In freaking live, doing 1-2-1-3 claps with 11,000 people around me.  People went absolutely crazy by the time Muse played Time is Running Out.  I heard the Muse manager freaked out at last year’s Muse concert in Seoul because the screaming and singing was way too loud.  Now I believe the story.

60 minuste after the concert begins, I was already the chorus slave.  90 mintes after, I was like a cult member or zombie already.

I haven’t been to a live that was this fun and energetic – you know, all becoming like one and crazy.  The ticket was worth more than every penny.  I almost felt bad because it felt like I paid something less than its actual value.  The only drawback was lack of passion (?) around my seat.  At last year’s Oasis live, everyone around my seat put our arms around on each others shoulders, danced, and sang the Supernova all together.  But yes, it made my day and I think I can go on for about a month.  For 2 days my iPod has been playing all Muse songs.

Concerts on Dec, ’09 – Jan, ’10

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Oh boy, these people have decided to rob our purse at the end of this year.

From right to left:

Guns N’ Roses in Seoul

Dec 13, 2009

@ Olympic Park, Gymnasium

The first live of Guns N’ Roses in South Korea.  I am not a metalhead, but I know there are plenty out there who have been excited over this for months. Click here for reservation and detailed information (Korean).

Muse Resistance Live in Seoul

January 7, 2010

@ Olympic Park, Gymnasium

It’s fu@#ing Muse.  What do you expect.

Click here for reservation and detailed information (Korean).

Green Day in Seoul, Korea

January 18, 2010

@ Olympic Park, Gymnasium

Not a big fan, but again, plenty of punkheads are just waiting to click on the ticket’s opening day.

Click here for reservation and detailed information (Korean).