Becoming Dust

Tuesday, April 01, 2014



When I listen to Bach’s music, the forgotten memories come back to me. Even my song that was blown away by the wind comes back as a whistle. In my small space, memories are pilling up, and tears fill my eyes for no reason.” –Kim Kwang Seok, I’ll Become Dust [translated lyrics]

"The Story of the Songs" album cover by Kim Kwang Seok - source: www.maniadb.com


Program acara musik “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend” menampilkan almarhum singer-songwriter, Kim Kwang Seok, sebagai legenda pada episode 136. Episode yang mengudara pada tanggal 18 Januari 2014 di stasiun televisi KBS, serta pada tanggal 8 Februari 2014 di channel KBS World, ini merupakan edisi spesial untuk memperingati 19 tahun meninggalnya musisi dan penyanyi penuh talenta, Kim Kwang Seok. Sebagai salah satu penampil dalam episode tersebut adalah solois wanita, Ali. Penyanyi bernama asli Jo Young Jin ini membawakan salah satu signature song almarhum Kim Kwang Seok yang bertajuk “I’ll Become Dust”, atau yang juga dikenal dengan judul “Becoming Dust”. Karena kesesuaian lirik dan tema lagu, dalam penampilannya Ali menambahkan potongan lagu “I Have to Forget” milik Kim Kwang Seok ke dalam aransemen “I’ll Become Dust”.

ALi ketika membawakan lagu "I'll Become Dust" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" Episode 136 - source: www.youtube.com

“I’ll Become Dust” is a song about someone who’s longing for their past lover. It has simple lyrics yet deep meaning within it. Setiap orang pasti memiliki satu dua hal yang mengingatkan mereka akan kisah yang telah lalu, akan seseorang dari masa lalu mereka. Terkadang hal tersebut mewujud melalui sebuah lagu atau musik. Setiap kali mereka mendengarkan lagu tersebut, baik secara sengaja maupun tidak, kenangan bersama orang tersebut kembali bermunculan. Kenangan datang menyergap dalam kesunyian, dan kita tak dapat berbuat apapun atasnya. “When I listen to Bach’s music, the forgotten memories come back to me. Even my song that was blown away by the wind comes back as a whistle. In my small space, memories are pilling up, and tears fill my eyes for no reason.” Di tengah kenangan yang mengungkung, di dalam keresahan yang mendera, ia mencoba untuk menuliskannya, namun itu tak cukup untuk menuntaskan rasa rindunya. As much as they long for that person, they can’t see that person. Somehow they wish they could become dust and fly away with the wind to see that person. “I gather all my heart and write a poem, but they aren’t enough to describe you. I’ll become dust and fly away, I’ll ride the wind and go to you.”

"Becoming Dust" single cover by Jung Joon Young & Roy Kim - source: etv.sbs.co.kr


The late Kim Kwang Seok’s songs are still popular even after he passed away. It means that his songs are legendary. Including “I’ll Become Dust”, which has sung by a lot of singers as a remake. This song was originally sung by Lee Mickey in 1987, and then Lee Yoon Soo in 1991, but it was Kim Kwang Seok’s favorite song, and he often sang it during his live performances. Kim Kwang Seok’s cover of this song was then included in his commemorative album that released in 1996. On 2012, “I’ll Become Dust” was remade by the audition program Superstar K4’s contestants (later second runner-up and winner respectively), Jung Joon Young and Roy Kim, as their battle song on Super Week. This remake was a big hit. I personally love this remake to the galaxy and back. As I’m writing this, I keep playing and replaying the remake version all over again. Jung Joon Young’s rough voice and Roy Kim’s husky voice miraculously went well together. It’s such an eargasm!

I gather all my heart and write a poem, but they aren’t enough to describe you. I’ll become dust and fly away, I’ll ride the wind and go to you.” –Kim Kwang Seok, I’ll Become Dust [translated lyrics]






“Bahaui seonyure jeodeun narimyeon idjeotdeon gieokdeuri pieo naneyo
(When I listen to Bach’s music, the forgotten memories come back to me)
Barame nallyeogan naui noraedo hwiparam soriro doraoneyo
(Even my song that was blown away by the wind comes back as a whistle)

Nae jogeuman gonggansoke chueokman ssaigo
(In my small space, memories are pilling up)
Kkadakmoreul nunmulmani areungeorine
(And tears fill my eyes for no reason)

Jakeungaseum modumodu wa sireul sseobwado mojaran dangsin
(I gather all my heart and write a poem, but they aren’t enough to describe you)
Meonjiga doeeo naragayaji barame nallyeo dangsingyeoteuro
(I’ll become dust and fly away, I’ll ride the wind and go to you)”

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