To be completely honest, I’m writing this almost a week before it’s being posted so it feels a little like cheating to give my holiday greetings. My little family and I are heading on a road trip through Arizona for the week to see some natural wonders and visit with family. It isn’t a homecoming for me, I’m an East Coaster at heart, but for my husband, it’s like returning to his desert-y roots. He’s from Colorado, but his father has lived in the Phoenix area for as long as he can remember so he’s spent a lot of time there. I prefer rainier climes, but I promise that I’ll enjoy all of the dry nature to the very best of my ability. We are so lucky to be able to just take off and show the kids the world the way we do. I am incredibly thankful for our opportunities.
I am also grateful for all of the glorious Kpop I can share with everyone. Seems like I just got done saying that last week. But it doesn’t go away just because the anniversary is over. I have been saving today’s song, Home, for this special occasion for a few reasons. First, it doesn’t actually have a video, so I wanted to choose a time to post it when you don’t necessarily have the opportunity to watch closely because you’re expected to be out and about doing things with visiting family or friends or cooking or whatever…you can listen while you do other stuff with this one. Second, this song’s title and intent are pretty poignant and nostalgic…both emotions I feel on holidays like Thanksgiving when I can’t be with my family all nestled in our own quirky traditions where everybody knows and understands me and has since the day I was born. And third, I love this song hard and I wanted to use it to show just how thankful I am that there is such good music in the world. Music that really, really speaks to me regardless of the language.
Jang Hyun Seung, formerly of Beast, is now a solo artist trying to make his way in pop and musical theater. He’s had some scandals, developed a dubious reputation, and maybe was a bit too…brash in his youth, but he seems to have settled down and done some ‘self-reflection’ because a lot of his new stuff is so much more mature and almost apologetic. I truly appreciate his talent and look forward to him continuing along this path if it’s genuine and not part of a new image.
Regardless, this song is still in heavy rotation for me – I mentioned it a million posts ago when I posted about N. Flying – and appears on many of my playlists. I have been known to play it over and over and over…alongside several other songs I’ve talked about recently.
Jang Hyun Seung, Home