Sunday, February 24, 2019

Kim Jonghyun

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Kim Jonghyun, is mostly known as an author and singer-songwriter from South Korea, he lived from April 8, 1990 - December 18, 2017. Jonghyun has an extremely distinctive voice, he has played around with many styles such as 80s funk pop, tropical house, EDM, and alternative R&B. Within his solo work he distinguishes himself from a lot of the general stereotypical kpop expectations, in which he came from, being originally from the kpop group SHINee. I enjoy Jonghyun's creative expression, within the songs he writes and performs you can see how deeply he connects with every single word he belts. He is transparent in expressing his struggles in the form of a poetic fashion. I am able to feel and connect with the way he writes within some of his songs. Many of Jonghyun's songs are much more of a sad tone but they are written in a beautifully colorful way, which bring happiness in embracing darker emotions, expressing them and aiming to rise above them. I believe somewhere within the time he was alive as an artist he hoped to connect to fans, comfort them and remind them that they are not alone. Jonghyun often talked about wanting to be seen as a poet and an artist, that is exactly how I see him.

Below are the lyrics and musical composition to a song called skeletal flowers.

Diphylleia Grayi (Skeletal Flowers)

You're a flower that becomes transparent as you get wet
Our relationships, the white petal becomes damp because of remorse
Although you're transparent, but you don't disappear
When I can't see you, I thought you aren't even hurting
So what you couldn't hold on to even though you knew
Actually hurts like being ripped apart, like dying
Because I'm drenched in tears
That blatant fault of mine can't be seen now
 Ah, so you're blown of by wind
Ah, so you're getting wet from dew
 The petals right in front of me
You bear the strong scent that deceived me
You confine me in the room of eternity such that I can't find you
So you're laughing craftily and purely
 Ah, so you're blown of by wind
Ah, so you're getting wet from dew
 As time passes even the white petals will wither away
Without the memories that has become transparent
 Ah, so you're blown off by sadness
Ah, so you're getting wet from tears
 As time passes...
As time passes...
As time passes...
As time passes...
As time passes...
As time passes...
 As time passes...

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This article provides insight to how he wrote his songs in general and in particular how he writes
songs for his first album, this interview takes place during the release of his first album.

This article is a review of Jonghyun's final album, it looks at some of the songs and talks about
their strengths and weaknesses.

This website provides a biography which holds interesting points about Jonghyuns life
as it runs through of his life.