Affection

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Today I want to bury my face in your chest and just cry. Even after all of those years, our love is finally shaken by tears. How much longer it will take for me to forget you? I can’t even get close to you because I can’t say any word.” –Kim Soo Hee, Affection [translated lyrics]

7th album cover by Kim Soo Hee - source: www.maniadb.com


Penyanyi senior yang telah melanglang buana di belantika musik Korea Selatan selama 28 tahun lamanya, Kim Jong Seo, turut hadir sebagai penampil dalam program acara musik “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend” episode 153. Sejak kemunculan pertamanya dalam program ini, Kim mengejutkan banyak orang. It was a hot issue! Kabarnya, ia diundang sebagai legenda, namun menolaknya dengan alasan bahwa ia belum merasa layak menyandang gelar tersebut. Sebagai gantinya, Kim justru bersedia tampil sebagai pengisi acara. Luar biasa. Penampilan pertamanya pada program tersebut membukukan skor 442, yang pada waktu itu memecahkan rekor skor tertinggi sebelumnya milik Jung Dong Ha (439 poin). Meskipun pada episode yang sama rekor Kim langsung ditembus oleh Gummy (445 poin), sejak saat itu Kim selalu berhasil menghadirkan penampilan yang legendaris di panggung “Immortal Songs 2”.
Sebagai the icon of challenge, Kim Jong Seo turut tampil dalam episode 153 yang merupakan edisi spesial “3rd Anniversary” program “Immortal Songs 2”. Episode ini ditayangkan pada tanggal 21 Juni 2014 di stasiun televisi KBS, serta mengudara di channel KBS World pada tanggal 12 Juli 2014. Kim membawakan lagu bertajuk “Affection”, yang merupakan hits milik Kim Soo Hee. This song wasn’t very popular when it was first released, but it became a hit after a while. Dirilis pertama kali pada tahun 1990 sebagai bagian dari album ketujuh Kim Soo Hee, lagu ballad ini membawanya memenangkan Daesang (Grand Prize Award) pada helatan 1993 KBS Music Awards. Selain itu, “Affection” juga meraih Grand Prize dalam ajang Korean Lyrics Awards dan MBC Top 10 Singer Festival. It became a big hit among the younger generations at the time and laid the foundations of Korean pop music.

Kim Jong Seo ketika membawakan lagu "Affection" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" episode 153


“Affection” is a song about a woman who undergoes a breakup with her long-term boyfriend; about the lingering affection that’s hard to resist. As she has lost for words, all she wants to do is just running into his arms and crying it all out. How could that be? After all of those years they spent together, does it end just like this? Is it really the ending? As those questions keep spinning in her head, she has lost for words. “Today I want to bury my face in your chest and just cry. Even after all of those years, our love is finally shaken by tears.” There are so many things that she wants to say to him; that she want to ask him. But those words are just in the tip of her tongue. And in the end, there is no word comes out; everything is just left unsaid. “How much longer it will take for me to forget you? I can’t even get close to you because I can’t say any word.” The reality feels like a dream, no, a nightmare. And she feels like living in that nightmare for real. ‘How much longer will it take for me to forget you?’ That one question keeps haunting her. Because she feels like she will never forget him for the rest of her life, in some way. Because it feels so hard, to lose someone you used to have for a long time. “Everytime I stand in front of you, why do I become so small? Everytime I stand behind you, my eyes filled with tears.” Indeed, everybody is weak in front of love. Even the strongest person could be so weak when it comes to love. In the end, she holds onto the memories of them. Perhaps until someday when the time finally washes away the lingering affection that still remain now. “I just keep in silence because of love, I am your woman. And as long as our memories remain, you are my man.”
Sedikit berbeda dengan penampilan Kim Jong Seo yang sebelum-sebelumnya dalam program “Immortal Songs 2”, ia membawakan “Affection” dengan aransemen yang tidak jauh berbeda dengan versi original lagu tersebut. Hanya saja, Kim menambahkan potongan lagu “Winter Rain” dalam aransemennya sebagai insert di bagian bridge, serta mengganti perspektif lirik yang tadinya dinyanyikan oleh wanita menjadi perspektif pria (menukar penggunaan kata “man” dan “woman” dalam lirik). With no fancy arrangements, he reinterpreted the song with his voice alone. The charismatic rocker rocks the stage with just the power of his voice, like a confident monologue. Moreover, the song itself has the kind of touching power. So, without arranged it much, Kim’s rendition of “Affection” touched the audiences.

Everytime I stand in front of you, why do I become so small? Everytime I stand behind you, my eyes filled with tears. I just keep in silence because of love, I am your woman. And as long as our memories remain, you are my man.” –Kim Soo Hee, Affection [translated lyrics]







“Geudae gaseume eolgureul mutgo oneureun ulgo sipeora
(Today I want to bury my face in your chest and just cry)
Seworui gang neomeo urisarangeun nunmul soke heundeullineunde
(Even after all of those years, our love is finally shaken by tears)
Eolmankeum na deo saraya geudaereul idjeul su itna
(How much longer it will take for me to forget you?)
Hanmadi malri mojaraseo dagaseol su eobneun sarama
(I can’t even get close to you because I can’t say any word)

Geudae apeman seomyeon naneun wae jakajineunga
(Everytime I stand in front of you, why do I become so small?)
Geudae deungdwie seomyeon nae nuneun jeodeodeuneunga
(Everytime I stand behind you, my eyes filled with tears)

Sarang ttaemune chimmukhaeya hal naneun dangsinui yeoja
(I just keep in silence because of love, I am your woman)
Geurigo chueoki itneun han dangsineun naui namjayo

(And as long as our memories remain, you are my man)”

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