It’s the same old story, friend has fallen down the rabbit hole of Kpop to the point of decorating her grown up, professional office with all sorts of tasteful paraphernalia. Friend’s coworker becomes curious about these gorgeous creatures and asks what it’s all about. Friend has to then craft just the right playlist (or two – one for MVs and one for just the music) for coworker to try to suck her into the rich and glorious world that we have all entered. We’ve all talked about it before, and I’ve even done a Throwback (Musical) Thursday about it…how do you pick the right songs? How do you show someone your insides without making yourself too vulnerable? HOW?
This is going to be topic that we have to come back to time and again because it isn’t something we are ever going to solve definitively. The balance we have to strike often falls down to knowing if this person, this newbie to Kpop, will be more attracted to the classics that we have grown to love through time and exposure or are they more likely to be pulled in with something more contemporary. And frankly, in Kpop what does contemporary even mean. There are new songs out on an almost daily basis. I can barely keep up and I know where to look and how often.
Another important question to posit is whether or not one should include a newish, more unestablished group on the list. Do we include NuGus?? Are they just too new? Will we make this person fall in love only to have the group disband in a hot minute when their label decides that the investment isn’t worth it? And what about when these groups start adding or, gasp, losing members? There are just so many questions. I am thoroughly undecided as to which direction should be taken. But for now, for today, I’m loving the song Strange by MASC and would strongly consider throwing it on in my car when an uninitiated friend gets in for a ride. Couldn’t hurt, right? And they don’t have to know all of the drama that this group has seen in their just over one year since debut. Remember when they only had four members? Now they have eight. EIGHT! When did that happen?
I guess what I’m saying is that despite my asking more questions in this post than actually giving answers, maybe we shouldn’t be thinking too hard about it. I know for a fact that no one sat down and created just the right playlist for me or made a list of MVs I HAD to look up on YouTube. Quite the opposite, in fact, I discovered it on my own and watched a lot of crap in the process. Maybe the trick is to not try so hard. Maybe we should just have the music on and let people get sucked in naturally.
Who am I kidding? It’s totally fun to choose the right songs.