It’s a weird and crazy world at the moment. Each day brings uncertainty – each day brings more chaos. And the isolation has just begun for many – it’s only been 1 week.
So, fortunately, I did get together with my parents for dinner a couple of weeks before all this madness erupted.
My dad had recorded the BTS performance of ON on the Jimmy Fallon show. He saved it so we could watch on his larger HD screen.
These days, my parent have been even more impressed than before with BTS (recall the time my dad said the reason BTS are better is because they have *ZAP*). A part of it is, as my dad explained, he related to them more as they grow and mature.
I thought about this and I completely understand where he’s coming from. Had I discovered BTS during their debut years, I still would have loved their music. However, being the age I’m at, I would need the more mature and evolving BTS we see in the past couple of years to really connect with them. This isn’t at all to say they weren’t relatable several years ago. They all (or we all) have elements as we grow and journey through our lives others can relate to regardless of age difference. As a whole, however, everyone is just at different stages of their lives – and this perhaps is what separates debut BTS and current BTS for me.
Anyway, my dad started to explain why BTS was so successful.
Okay. Lets just pause here for a bit.
Because this is me we’re talking about. I’m definitely an ARMY. And as any ARMY would know, explaining BTS’ success is pretty deep. But something we all know very well. Like, if I were to teach a course about BTS’s path to success, I could probably break down the lessons into units and cover an entire semester at University. It would be a social-cultural course called “The BTS Effect.” Available for 2nd year sociology, cultural-anthropology and social economics students.
Of course, I didn’t say any of this to my dad. Rather, I sat there and heard him out. Simply because I really enjoyed having these types of conversations with him. You know, the kind of conversations that are not too serious and yet both entertaining and interesting at the same time.
I did however, play devils advocate. After we watched BTS’ Grand Central Station comeback stage, I tried to find other k-pop groups’ live performances to illustrate there are a lot of other talented k-pop groups out there aside from BTS.
The only problem? After watching a performance such as BTS’ ON, many of those groups fell short. My dad sat there and said, “See? They just don’t have that same level of professionalism as BTS.”
I couldn’t argue. I’ve seen, now, my share of k-pop acts live yet none of them could even come close to BTS’ live stage. You can take any k-pop group with high energy who are completely in-sync and in tune with their singing and dancing and compare it to one of BTS’ weak performances… and yet somehow BTS still comes out on top.
Why? I don’t fully understand it myself. I would have to say, at least from my own experience, BTS, as RM once told TXT as a word of advice, “destroys the stage” with each performance, There is a rock-star like quality. Even when they are not performing in a choreography sequence, they expel this level of energy I have yet to see in any other artist – k-pop or not.
Regardless, I had a great time bonding with my father that evening. And was pleasantly surprised both my parents were starting to know who was who in BTS!
Plus, I’m guessing that their bias is Jin. They kept on saying how handsome he is! My mom is 80… my dad is 85. It’s just so cute! 🙂