Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge (and not in 2019) – Part X

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Question #22: Favorite picture of your favorite k-pop group

from BTS Summer Package 2019

I wouldn’t say this is my ultimate favorite group photo of BTS but it is in the top 10. I love how the stylists played with a modern-day version of the traditional Korean robe (hanbok) in the Summer Package 2019 photoshoot. They look both elegant and slick! BTS certainly has done a wonderful job promoting their culture. While I am not new to the Korean culture myself, it has still been fun doing a deeper dive and learning more. Though I admit, my favorite part has been eating more Korean food.

Because, well… food. I love food!

[Here’s my original answers from the first time I did this challenge]

BTS Dance Practice – MMA 2019's Extended "Dionysus" Performance

As mentioned. I loved the extended performance of Dionysus (ft. N.O) at the 2019 MMA’s. It’s gone down, for me and many ARMY, as an epic choreography.

I’m happy to see BANGTANTV release the dance practice. It gives a more focused overview of everything that went down, especially during the extended bits.

Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge 2019 – Part IX

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Question #19: Favorite interview of a k-pop idol or group

The last time around, I tooted about Zach Sang’s AMA 2017 interview when BTS first exploded in the US’ main stream media. And it’s STILL my favorite interview because unlike the rest, this one gets real. It finally, gets real. It’s my dream to get a chance to speak to BTS just so I can ask them some deep questions about their work and their music… and their vision!

Zach Sang continues pleasing k-pop fans with his interview with Blackpink (among others like Day6 and NCT 127). I just feel he cuts through a lot of the bullshit and puts the artists more at ease. I hope he continues to interview more and more k-pop artists in the near future.

On the flip side from more serious interviews, there’s been some interviews I have loved because they are funny or endearing. I’d say since Zach’s interview with BTS, my favorite would be just how adorable they were with Jimmy Fallon. And of course, how adorable Jimmy Fallon was as well.

Not only did BTS look like they were having fun in the interview, their performance for Idol and I’m Fine was killer. In fact, this was the first live performance of I’m Fine I really felt emotional for. And the Fortnite sketch they did prior to the show added to their entire visit.

I would have chosen Buzzfeed’s Puppies interview but I’m not sure they are true interviews in the traditional sense but they are so much fun to watch. The one with BTS was fun but I loved the one with Jackson Wang!

[Here’s my original answers from the first time I did this challenge; Questions 20 & 21 will be a separate post! ]

Not-So Daily Kpop Challenge 2019 – Part VII

[30 Day K-Pop Challenge 2019]

Question #15: A k-pop song that reminds you of of a time or moment you miss

The original question was which k-pop song reminds you of some one you miss. Other than my first answer, there hasn’t been any song which reminds me of anyone from my past.

However, music will, whether k-pop or non-kpop, remind me of a time or place from my past.

Super Junior’s One More Time came during a phase where a lot of k-pop artists were taking on Latin American vibes. This one in particular brings me back to all those trips I’ve taken down south, finding myself on white sandy beaches.

Question #16: Favorite k-pop lyric (and a translation)

BTS actually has a lot of deep and meaningful lyrics. I’m still shook with the double-meaning behind Pied Piper. It’s evident they are having a conversation with ARMY. On the one hand, there’s a seductive lure. Yet on the other hand, they warn ARMY not to fall so much into the obsession where it controls one’s life in a negative way. This duo-message is both playful and yet carries a deep warning. I imagine they are saying they can’t help how they might cause a magnetic connection which draws us into them… yet they ask us to be cautious with how far we may fall down that rabbit hole.

Along with the way BTS performs this song, it is quite captivating.

Pied Piper Lyrics (Translated/English)

[Verse 1: Jungkook]
It’s bad so it’s better
You know on the inside
You can’t stop it now (you can’t stop)
So be honest with me

[Verse 2: Rap Monster]
Stop
Now stop watching and study for your test
Your parents and boss hate me
Video clips, pictures, tweets
V app, Bon Voyage
I know, you can’t help what you like
But stop, interpret the music video later
You have so many pictures of me in your room anyway
It’s not just one hour, it’s a whole year that’ll disappear
So this song is an award I’m giving to you
Good

[Pre-Chorus: Jin, V]
You’re not being punished
Come here, I’m your paradise
Can’t close your eyes
Can’t close your eyes
You can throw a fit but it’s no use
(Don’t reject me)
Just close your eyes, tune your ears

[Chorus: Jimin, Jungkook]
Follow the sound of the pipe, follow this song
It’s a bit dangerous but I’m so sweet
I’m here to save you, I’m here to ruin you
You called me, see? I’m so sweet
Follow the sound of the pipe
I’m takin’ over you
I’m takin’ over you

[Verse 3: V, Suga]
You know that it’s already begun
The moment you hear that sound
Maybe I’m a bit dangerous
Like the pied piper
I’m testing you
Like the fruit from the tree of good and evil

[Verse 4: J-Hope]
My pipe awakens everything
That sound burns you up even more
You’re pulled by it, you react
I’m endlessly blowing
I’m your guilty pleasure
You can’t escape
Never

[Pre-Chorus: Jungkook, Jimin]
You’re not being punished
Come here, I’m your paradise
Can’t close your eyes
Can’t close your eyes
You can throw a fit but it’s no use
(Don’t reject me)
Just close your eyes, tune your ears

[Chorus: Jin, V]
Follow the sound of the pipe, follow this song
It’s a bit dangerous but I’m so sweet
I’m here to save you, I’m here to ruin you
You called me, see? I’m so sweet
Follow the sound of the pipe

[Bridge: Jungkook]
Yeah, I’m a bit dangerous
I can’t even handle myself
Don’t worry, my hands
They’re only warm for you

[Outro: Jimin, Jungkook]
If I’m ruining you right now
Please forgive me
Because you can’t live without me
Because you know all of this
I’m takin’ over you
I’m takin’ over you

[Here’s my original answers from the first time I did this challenge.]