Penta School – Kino

Posted by Stephanie on June 17, 2018

KPop School

SaraG: Kino 

SaraG: He is firmly a brown hair….It took a bit for him to stick with me for some reason, but once we connected I was very confused as to why it took awhile…..sad Read more

Penta School: Jinho

Posted by Stephanie on June 15, 2018

KPop School

Both of my lovely students had a decent familiarity with Jinho, so I made sure to cover him on a busy workday. That way, we had fun instead of feeling pressured by learning someone completely from scratch.

SaraG: How are we feeling about Jinho? Sound good? You both know him so it’s a bit of a gimme. Read more

Penta School: Yeo One

Posted by Stephanie on June 14, 2018

KPop School

In my many trips down Pentagon fan pages and Tumblr accounts, I’ve heard it said that Yeo One is a bit of a brown hair…meaning he blends in with some of the other members because of a similar look and feel. But for me, he was easy to pick out almost from the start. He’s got a very distinctive look about him and his personality is so kind and gentle that he just kind of stood out to me. It was important to me that we work on him early on in our lessons so everyone would be familiar with him as a good point of reference for using the process of elimination when looking at the whole group. He typically has brown hair, so if you know his face, you can narrow down the other members much more easily as you are starting to recognize them.

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Throwback (Musical) Thursday – Intro to Kpop

Posted by SaraG on June 14, 2018

Music

About this time last year, a work colleague made the announcement that she was leaving the agency and moving to the other side of the state to enjoy the slower pace of mountain living. This colleague actually worked in a different division from me and had a very different job, but we shared an office wall and spent at least thirty minutes every afternoon on a walk around the block together to make sure we got some fresh air and a few steps. We chatted about a million different things, and of course, as always when I’m involved, some of that always had to do with music. In her last week, she asked me to make her a mix CD of Kpop songs so she could listen to it on the long drive to her new home and when word got out, a few other folks around the building wanted copies as well. Alix and I talk Kpop a lot, even it our real lives, and it had piqued the interest of all sorts of people around us.

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Penta School: Hui

Posted by Stephanie on June 13, 2018

KPop School

 

SaraG: Welcome to class! It’s ten boys and two girls and a naughty teacher.

 

Since we did a lesson on the group as a whole, I’m going to break it down and do a member a day until they each get their time in the spotlight. There are a million ways to go about it, but because they are all so fantastic, I’m going to go in random order…except for this first one. Every Kpop group has a leader that sets the tone, keeps them in line, and represents their interests at the company. Pentagon is no exception. We are every so lucky that Hui not only has a distinctive voice, but also has a distinctive look and style. He’s a standout and easy to spot in a crowd.

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KPop School: Pentagon

Posted by Stephanie on June 12, 2018

KPop School

As many of us move closer and closer to seeing Pentagon live and on stage, there has been a lot of talk about wanting to get a bit more familiar with the members. I mean, you can’t very well scream out “And the Brown Hairs!” for every guy that strolls into the spotlight that isn’t Hui or E’Dawn. So, as I was at first mildly and now majoring obsessed with the group, Stephanie and Molly approached me about guiding them through a bit of a getting-to-know-you 101 in the same way that I did with Seventeen in the not so distant past. It was a struggle deciding as to whether or not I should help them…I mean, day after day of looking at pictures of these talented young men, hours spent watching them on YouTube. Again. It was so much. I think I agreed before either of them actually asked all the way. How could I not?

We renamed our tiny group chat ‘Penta School’ and kicked it off. Each day I guide them through an overview of a single member, dropping in pictures, gifs, YouTube clips, and some helpful tidbits about their personality quirks, backgrounds, and standout features. The idea is that with a little-focused attention and some individualization you learn them as people instead of just a mass of talented, good-looking men producing outstanding music. You learn them.

Stephanie, the ever mindful blogger that she is, thought that these lessons might be useful for other folks new to Universe and trying to prep before KCon NY. So here you have it, Lesson One, buckle up and enjoy! Read more

Musical Monday – Giving a Song its Voice

Posted by SaraG on June 11, 2018

Music

When I was focused on music from the States and Great Britain, I rarely paid any attention to which labels a performer or band was currently signed on to. It never really occurred to me just how much influence or power the label had over the sound of the group. It’s kind of ridiculous, but we’ll chalk it up to my naivete at the time. Now, especially after delving into Korean music, I’ve gained an appreciation for the influence of the label and the importance of the producer. In the past, I think that I just pictured an artist either writing a song or taking a song written by someone else and making it their own. They’d arrange and record it and call it good to release.

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Khottie of the Week: Kim Woo Bin

Posted by Alix on June 9, 2018

Khottie of the Week

The post for this week is a ‘we miss you, we hope you are doing well, get better quickly and we can’t wait for you to come back’. I’m not sure of what drama I first saw him in but I’ve been a big fan of Kim Woo Bin since my early kdrama days. There might even be a photo of me, plastered against a store window displaying a large picture of him, from our trip to Korea. 

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Episode 152: Rants and Raves

Posted by Cherry Cordial on June 8, 2018

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Episode 152: Rants and Raves

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We’re back to an A-side! We’re talking what we’re watching, which, for us is a fair amount of stuff… ignoring the fact it’s been about a month since we’ve done one of these! Then, we take a minute… or thirty to discuss the lowdown KCon seating situation. That’s right, y’all! Stephanie gets her rant on!

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Throwback (Musical) Thursday – A Show I Can Get Behind

Posted by SaraG on June 7, 2018

Music

Ok, I don’t know if you’ve heard, but we like to imbibe in adult beverages out here in Colorado. It’s not just the Nerd Herd either, it’s the whole state. We’re pretty much an economy based on the making and consuming of various types of alcohol. I think it’s the sun…there’s too much sun and we need to deal with all of that vitamin D somehow. It’s not that we’re getting wasted all the time, we like just enough that we’re tipsy but able to hike or ski or play tennis the next morning. I think this might be why the drinking culture so prevalent in South Korea speaks so clearly to those of us in the Centennial State. We identify with the coping mechanism if not the cause.

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