Love

Sunday, February 22, 2015



Real life celebrity couple, Ji Sung and Lee Bo Young, wedding pictorial for Grazia Korea - source: grazia.co.kr

Love; one word four letters. How do you describe love? Can it even be described? Perhaps people have different ways to define love. Perhaps we have our own ways to describe it. Some people say that love is the way we make people smile, laugh, happy. Some other people say that love is in the way we cherish every moment we spent together with them. While some other say that love is in the way we try to do the best for them, in the way we’re eve willing to push our limit for their sake. Some people say that love is giving, while some other say that it is protecting. For some people, love is unselfish, and for some other love is loyalty. I will say, that love is beyond imagination; an act that emerges from the heart. Never try to confine love, because love is everything beautiful in a positive way; It’s Okay, This Is Love.

In this world, you are my one and only love and there’s no one else but you. I would never get tired being around and watching over you, my love.” –Na Hoon Ah, Love (사랑)

As the epitome of love, this time I would like to introduce you to a song titled “Love (사랑)”. Performed by South Korea’s legendary trot singer, Na Hoon Ah, the trot ballad song was first released in 1983. The song is Na’s megahit and considered as Korean’s number one favorite song of all times. Na’s lovely voice and looks portrait the love song perfectly, as it is commonly sung by Korean when proposing to lovers. In the Korean entertainment music program, “Immortal Songs 2: Singing the Legend”, “Love (사랑)” was performed by the captivating musical singer, Im Tae Kyung. It was on the 170th episode, during the “Trot Music Special”, when Im collaborated with the winner of 2007 Britain’s Got Talent, Paul Potts, to perform the song.


Na Hoon Ah's 4th album cover - source: maniadb.com

“Love (사랑)” tells about a man who pours all of his feelings toward the woman he loves in a confession. It’s a song about a man in love; how he defines love and what love means for him. “Of the whole world, I won’t trade you for anything and nothing can compare to you. I wouldn’t be able to live, not even for a while, without you my love my only one.” For him, love comes first before anything. Love is putting the beloved ones above all, without any second best. Love is protecting the beloved one, without getting tired of it. For him, love is irreplaceable. Love is being faithful, without comparing it to anything else. Love is having each other, without leaving. “On a rainy summer day, I will be your umbrella. On a snowy winter day, I will be your fireplace.” For him, love is a shelter; a home to come back to, an umbrella in rainy days, a fireplace in snowy nights. For him, love is a partner for life; a friend in loneliness, a laughter in despair. For him, love is becoming a shelter and a partner for his beloved one.

Im Tae Kyung (left) and Paul Potts (right) performed "Love" in "Immortal Songs 2" 

The 170th episode of “Immortal Songs 2” was broadcasted by KBS television station on October 25th 2014, and then it was aired on KBS World channel on November 15th 2014. Im Tae Kyung and Paul Potts, two incredible singers met on stage, made a perfect collaboration in unison for “Love (사랑)”. That was a historical performance that even the audience were shouting for an encore after the performance; something that very rarely happens in “Immortal Songs 2”. The trot music reinterpreted into a magic, and “Love (사랑)” was reborn again as amazing as ever, therefore this performance topped the list for 7 Most Breathtaking Collaboration Performances on “Immortal Songs 2” of 2014.

Whenever you feel lonely, I will be your friend. Whenever you feel blue, I will give you laughter.” –Na Hoon Ah, Love (사랑)





“Isesange hanabakke duldoeobneun naeyeoina
(In this world, you are my one and only love and there’s no one else but you)
Bogo tto bogo tto chyeodabwado siljianeun nae saranga
(I would never get tired being around and watching over you, my love)
Binaerineun yeoreumnaren naegaseumeun usanidoego
(On a rainy summer day, I will be your umbrella)
Nunnaerineun gyeoulnaren naegaseumeun buridoerira
(On a snowy winter day, I will be your fireplace)

Onsesangeul dajundaedo bakkulsueobneun naeyeoina
(Of the whole world, I won’t trade you for anything and nothing can compare to you)
Jamsirado tteoreojyeoseon motsalgeotgateun naesaranga
(I wouldn’t be able to live, not even for a while, without you my love my only one)
Haengyeo dangsin oeroulttaen naega dangsin chingugadoego
(Whenever you feel lonely, I will be your friend)
Haengyeo dangsin uulhalttaen naega dangsin utseumjurira
(Whenever you feel blue, I will give you laughter)”

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