Life Is

How am I supposed to understand you, when you don’t understand me? We don’t know what awaits us. It won’t be fun to know everything. If wind blows, get blown away in the wind. If it rains, get wet away in the rain. That’s how life is.” –Kim Kook Hwan, Ta Ta Ta [translated lyrics]


Dua orang solois pria legendaris Korea Selatan, Kim Jung Soo dan Kim Kook Hwan, hadir sebagai legenda dalam episode 126. Pada masanya, yaitu dekade 90-an, Kim Jung Soo dan Kim Kook Hwan adalah lawan sekaligus kawan yang menghiasi dunia musik Korea Selatan dengan karya-karya mereka. Hadir sebagai salah satu tim penampil dalam episode 126 itu adalah duo female vocal Davichi. Episode tersebut mengudara pada tanggal 9 November 2013 di stasiun televisi KBS, serta pada tanggal 30 November 2013 di channel KBS World. Duo yang beranggotakan Lee Hae Ri dan Kang Min Kyung tersebut tampil membawakan salah satu lagu hits Kim Kook Hwan yang bertajuk “Ta Ta Ta”.

Davichi ketika membawakan lagu "Ta Ta Ta" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" Episode 126

Don’t imagining “Ta Ta Ta” as a cheerful dance pop song. “Ta Ta Ta” is actually a traditional ballad pop song that tells about life. The lyrics say it all. We’ve got to enjoy living this life despite any hardships that might come after us. That the mystery of life is what makes it interesting. We go anywhere the wind blows, and we follow anywhere the water flows. That’s how we living this life. It’s come what may. Life is worth living indeed, no matter how wrecked it is. Making mistakes is part of living this life. People learn from their mistakes and there’s no need to blame and punish ourselves too much for those mistakes. That the worry of life is what makes it interesting. When we have no worries, and all that we have is happiness, then that’s the bonus of life that we get from our right-doings. Indeed, life is about reaping what you sow. We were born naked, but now we put clothes on as we live. And that’s the main purpose of living this life, to ‘put clothes on’ ourselves with our lessons.
Dirilis pertama kali pada tahun 1991, “Ta Ta Ta” merupakan bagian dari album perdana Kim Kook Hwan. Sebelumnya “Ta Ta Ta” sempat dinyanyikan oleh dua penyanyi lain, yaitu pertama adalah Hwi Il Jong dan kedua adalah Cho Yong Pil. Namun, meskipun lagu ini diciptakan oleh composer Kim Hee Gap dan lyricist Yang In Ja yang terkenal sebagai hits-maker pada waktu itu, “Ta Ta Ta” tidak dikenal publik secara luas hingga Kim Kook Hwan yang menyanyikannya. The thing that made it special when Kim Kook Hwan sang it was the laughter part in the middle of the song. This laughter was a kind of laughter that encompassed all the joys and sorrows of life. It’s the highlight of the song. It sounds like he’s crying and laughing at the same time. It’s a laughter that no one could copy.

Kang Min Kyung ketika membawakan lagu "Ta Ta Ta" pada program "Immortal Songs 2" Episode 18

Sebelum Davichi menampilkannya dalam episode 126, “Ta Ta Ta” pernah ditampilkan oleh Kang Min Kyung secara solo dalam episode 18 program “Immortal Songs 2”. Penampilan tersebut menandai debut Kang Min Kyung dalam program acara tersebut. “Ta Ta Ta” versi solo Kang Min Kyung adalah sebuah lagu ballad yang mengalun indah dengan suara lembutnya. Namun, “Ta Ta Ta” versi Davichi adalah sebuah lagu pop yang diaransemen dengan musik tango. I love both versions. The ballad version has this painful feeling, when the tango one has this powerful feeling within. Well, I guess, whatever the arrangement is, the basic melody of this song itself was already the great one. Moreover, the lyrics were really something. It’s so poetic yet philosophic.

Living is a good thing, life is worth it all the way. We were born naked, but we have a shirt on our way back now. We all make mistakes throughout our lives. It won’t be fun to live without any worries at all. Such is a bonus in life.” –Kim Kook Hwan, Ta Ta Ta [translated lyrics]




“Nega nareul moreuneunde nandeul neoreul alketneunya
(How am I supposed to understand you, when you don’t understand me?)
Hanchi apdo modoo molla da anhamyeon jaemieobji
(We don’t know what awaits us, it won’t be fun to know everything)
Baramee boryeooneun naleun barameuro
(If wind blows, get blown away in the wind)
Bi ohmyeon bieh jeojeo saneunkeoji geureonkeoji
(If it rains, get wet away in the rain, that’s how life is)

Sandaneungeon joheunkeoji soojimatneun jangsajanhso
(Living is a good thing, life is worth it all the way)
Almomeuro taeuhnaseo oot hanbeoleun keonjeotjangso
(We were born naked, but we have a shirt on our way back now)
Oorineh heotjipeun insaengsalee
(We all make mistakes throughout our lives)
Han sesang keokjeongjocha eobsisalmyeon mooseun jaemi
(It won’t be fun to live without any worries at all)
Georeonke deomeejanhso
(Such is a bonus in life)”

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