Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

There are a lot of things I wanted to do for Music March that I didn’t. I wanted, for example, to share some of my favourite fmvs, the ones so beautifully edited that you’re surprised they’re not official. But it’s been a rough month and I decided it just made more sense to post when I really wanted to, not to feel obligated. Thank you to everyone who brightened my month with the songs that speak to you and the songs that don’t. I was torn by what I wanted my last song to be, my closing number. It had to be something that soars – we all need that right now. I’m confident I made the right choice.

#musicmarchfinale

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England just went into lockdown, so now I’m upset and need to listen to something beautiful and loud and angsty.

#musicmarch

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    stay safe!!!!! i know these weasels are gonna try and police communities extra heavy. ugh this thing is a mess.

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      Love you, Amara ❤

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        love u too!!!!! (。♥‿♥。) i hope staying inside isnt driving u nuts

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          The joy of having introverted hobbies is that I’m at least slightly prepared 😂

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            IKR LOL but i was thinking that it’s only fun if it’s self imposed…we are used to this….but it’s a CHOICE!!!! lmaooo

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    London is just now on shelter in place? Hmmmm, interesting.

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    Same here in India

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I need to join @boughtabride in praising how good Nobody Knows is. Everyone, if you want a thriller that doesn’t sacrifice character for action, watch this. If you want a thriller where the detectives are actually smart and make progress, watch this. If you like unlikely friendships and ambiguous motivations and plots that keep on giving, watch this, because not a second of Nobody Knows is wasted.

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    I am watching this with my mom. It is a fantastic drama.

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Thoughts on Episode 1 of Wise Doctor Life:

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    I loved the sentiment that living is a series of events – it’s just getting from A to B, from B to C, from C to D. It was depicted nicely through Song-hwa’s patient. She can look at things from one of two ways. She is either the unluckiest woman in the universe, or despite the obstacles thrown at her, the way she rises from them can make her the luckiest woman in the universe. But then it was reinforced even better by Jeong-wonnie. He’s such a good boy, and he just feels everything. His eternally-patient Hyung put it nicely – just be a doctor for one more year. He could see that the high-highs were worth the low-lows, and that Jeong-won would somehow be able to handle both.

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    I know everyone is thrilled by the idea of no romantic relationships amidst this friend-group, but I have a suspicion that it’s not that simple. I know Shin PD thinks of everything beforehand, so that when you go back and watch one of his projects again, all the clues to the big realisations are there. And I’m calling it now that Ik-jun and Song-hwa were either romantically-involved a long time ago, or they will be in the future. That, or her and Joon-wan, who also have an interesting chemistry. It’s all in the looks and the little interactions, there’s something between the three of them and I can feel it.

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      Ik-jun is married though!! I don’t want any more guessing games. Huhu.

      If anything, it would be Joonwan and Jeongwon. But then I dont want Yoo Yeonseok to he Chilbonged once more.

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    I like how they immediately subverted the hospital politics trope – Jeong-won just gave it all up before it had even started. I doubt it’s the end of that story, since Kim Hae-sook and Kim Gap-soo seem to be important players in the cast, but it was nevertheless nice.

    And finally, this episode was hilarious. Between the helmet, the satoori, and just the familiar banter between friends, I wasn’t bored for a second. It’s always nice to know that you’re not risking disappointment if you’re looking forward to a Shin PD drama. He takes his craft too seriously to let you down.

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      Can we have a serious discussion about how the hell Kim Hae sook is playing the mother to *checks notes*

      Sung Dong Il
      Ye Ji won
      Kim Sung kyun
      and Oh Yoon ah.

      The only child that would make sense for her to have is Jeong won.

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        I think that’s the joke 😂

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          Here is hoping. I thought that as a Catholic family all of them went into the priesthood/nunnery but Jeong won was the joke

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    Yes to all your thoughts.

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Others already posted my favourite song cover in a drama, Lee Sora’s ‘The Wind is Blowing’ in Monstar, so here’s my second favourite: Jo Jung-seok singing ‘Wrongful Meeting’ at karaoke in Jealousy Incarnate. For anyone who hasn’t seen it, the song is hilariously apt at describing the plot.

#musicmarch

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    There is honestly no better way to recommend Jealousy Incarnate than just show this scene – I think it demonstrates the show’s absurdity pretty well, and even hints at the dark comedy. Just the most glorious angst from Jo Jung-seok, all the time.

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    Haha this is so true!

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I don’t tend to listen to K-pop – I like music I can attach myself to, that makes me feel something, and I think that tends to be rare in the K-pop universe. The one K-pop group I listen to is BTOB. It’s mostly because the boys at the centre of this group are bonkers and just unapologetically themselves. I can’t be more in awe of that. It’s clear that the Korean entertainment industry is, in most cases, suffocating. Everyone is watching you, all the time, and quick to their keyboards when you inevitably slip up. But these boys don’t seem to notice, they don’t care. Today I want to share their debut song, ‘Insane’, because I will never get it out of my head and I’m eternally grateful.

#musicmarch

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Dramas Made Better by Music (Part 3): Hwayugi

Ah, Hwayugi. I am more angered by this drama every time I think of it. Most of my littler issues were harmless things, plot and fluidity, but it was the female characters and how they were treated that was (and still is) truly rage-inducing. BUT THE MUSIC! Let Me Out pumps me up, When I Saw You makes me nostalgic, If You Were Me gives me chills, and If We Were Destined makes me bawl. It just makes me more angry about all of the things that Hwayugi chose not to be.

#musicmarch

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Everyone, how was your day? If it was bad, I hope this makes it a little better.

#musicmarch

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Hear me out… A cynical romance drama starring Lee David and Kim Seul-gi.

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    Not sold on Lee David. Would you consider Kim Sung Cheol or Kim Kyung Nam?

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      My second choice was Lee Joo-seung – I want her with someone new! Someone I know is talented who never gets roles.

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        Kim Kyung-nam would look good with her, though, it’s not an obvious choice but it’s a good one.

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    I really want a younger Jung Kyung Ho as her co-star.

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Thank you to Romantic Doctor for producing one of my favourite instrumental OSTs.

#musicmarch

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    Omo, you beat me to it. I was going to write an entire piece about RDTK and the soundtracks to both the first and second seasons! So I’ll just consider this a sneak peak!

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      Yes! Do it still! I would love to read that.

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      I’ll be waiting for your piece! Squee in advance for it! I suck at proper english writing, that’s why I love reading recap and appreciative writing. And I love Romantic Doctor (both seasons)😌

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    do you know which one is the title instrumental? i can’t find it anywhere

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I was comforted recently by a line in ‘Soon’ by Big Little Lions. It’s part of the OST for Age of Youth 2, an already incredible soundtrack.
The last few weeks have been really rough, mostly just because I can’t get out of my own head. It looks like I’m starting to balance out again now, finally, but this very special line was a catalyst in getting here.
“I need to be somebody I can trust.”
Changes for the better need to start with me.

#musicmarch

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Dramas Made Better by Music (Part 2): Missing You

Missing You had a pretty solid first four episodes. It was a little confused in what it wanted to be (juxtaposing a hard-earned yet blossoming young friendship with mystery melodrama, family makjang and straight-up horror elements) but it set the stage well. Of course, Baby Kim So-hyun and Baby Yeo Jin-gu were amazing – this is the project where I fell in love with them both! But what followed this tragic and beautiful backstory was a whole lot of poorly-written nothing, confounding performances (Don’t you just hate it when the child actors get the characters more than the adults?), and a lacklustre conclusion. I have to say, I’m really wracking my brain to remember anything after the introduction. All I took away after watching this was the soundtrack.

#musicmarch

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    In terms of the adults, Yoo Seung Ho definitely stole the show. I don’t even remember Yoon Eun Hye, and Yoochun just portrayed another typical angsty cop character

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      I always forget Yoo Seung-ho was in this, which is MAD, because he was such a captivating villain! I vaguely remember how torn up with hatrid and love and grief he was towards his mother. His ending was an interesting one, perhaps the only way to save a character too tortured and sympathetic to be considered evil.

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    The first 4 episodes were enough to make me stay halfway through the drama but Yoo Seung-ho’s performance made me stay for the latter half. Can’t believe KSH and I are the same age and she acted so amazing on the first four episodes of this drama.

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      Wait, we’re the same age?
      *maknae high-five*

      It’s unbelievable that she was thirteen here, I can’t deal.

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        *maknae high-five* So good to see a ’99 baby here! HAHA.

        It is really amazing that she was thirteen and did an amazing job with this show while looking so cute with a clothespin clipped on her hair. How were those two things possible!? When I was thirteen I can’t even make my Mom believe that I was asleep and I don’t even look good with a hairclip on, and even worse if I had a clothespin on my hair. Pfft.

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          Ah, I’m a little off then – I’m 2000! Same age as @babybeast!

          Hahahaha, I feel that! Why do I feel like hairclips are only cute when you’re five? How people can pull them off now, I’ll never know! 😂

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Today I wanted to share one of my favourite classical music pieces. Since Claire de Lune has already been shared, I chose Rhapsody in Blue, specifically Nodame Cantabile’s version. Hear me out now, because I know nothing about music: When I listen to this, I imagine a baseball game. The soft moments are where the batters are readying themselves, the tension palpable, and then it breaks with these vibrant flares of sound, where I imagine the players are running and the crowds are cheering! It’s one of those pieces that really makes me feel.
(I couldn’t find the right video for the short-and-sweet version I have downloaded, so here, have the original scene!)

#musicmarch

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Today, some sweet sweet Jannabi to soothe the pain of the impending Dramabeans Apocalypse. So many good songs, but ‘Bad Dreams’ seems most appropriate.

#musicmarch

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I bet everyone can think of a moment when the music was better than the drama itself. I can think of more than a few instances where the only reason a drama made me feel something was because the music choice was superb. This is what I want to talk about for Music March (at least for a few days).

So of course I had to talk about Meteor Garden 2018. I really hated this drama. I’m contractually obligated to watch every adaptation of Boys Over Flowers, but I truly suffered with this one. It’s about an abusive relationship, okay? The actors playing the main characters did a great job, but despite their attempts to make me care about their relationship, I just couldn’t. He sexually assaulted her at one point. He dragged her around like a rag doll. And the drama rewarded this behaviour by having her love him back. Nevertheless, this drama made me cry.

Why? Well, say something, because I’m giving up on you.

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I tore my heart out of my chest and wrote about how much I love Age of Youth 2. For anyone interested:

crabbyfordrama.blogspot.com/2020/02/why-i-adore-age-of-youth-2.html

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I can\’t even be angry at the bots. They have such fabulous names! 😂

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I started Stove League. And sure, the baseball stuff is entertaining, but it’s these two that have my heart~

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Someday or One Day has ruined my life.

That is all.

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    Frabb!!! You’ve started it!! What episode are you on! 😭😭😭

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      Well, until yesterday I was doing one episode a day… And then I got too invested, and now I only have one episode left! 😭

      I can’t wait for more!

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        Omoooo! 😭 The feels are coming back reading your experience watching this, for the first time, Frabb 😭 I didn’t know how to stop either. I end up falling deep for their timeless love story. We need Sunday to come fast because!! arrrggghh I need OTP scenes. 💘

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          I feel thirteen again. I feel like I did when I first started watching dramas, Japanese ones back then, and every one I picked up would hit me like a ton of bricks. I definitely want to re-immerse myself in dramas outside of Korea now, because the styles of storytelling are just completely different.

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            That’s what happened to me, when K-Drama slump continued for more than a year, I ventured outside of it and I discovered gems. The C-Drama gems. Now because of Someone or One Day, I think it’s about time I discover new sets of gems, from Taiwan this time.

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    But Greg-bb here…. 💘

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      He is just dynamite, and so is Alice Ke. I’ve seen people play dual roles before, but never like this. Usually the difference between the roles is stark, but these two beautiful talented people give some of the most nuanced performances I’ve ever seen! Especially Greg, because you know, he had to mould his different performances together. At first, I couldn’t feel why Huang Yu-xuan loved him so much. Because he wasn’t there in the present, he felt distant to me. And the whole series was basically just teaching me to understand why she loved him until he grew into a full person. I’m never met going to cry when I watch the opening and ending now, because when they look at each other I just die inside.

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        Kimbap’s post about Greg’s roles in two different timelines resonated with me. The scene under the tree – the teenager looking at her with his budding feelings VS the adult looking at her with so much love after being in a relationship for years. Li Zi Wei did grow up, time passed (jumped!); so much had changed, even his love for her evolved over the years.

        http://www.dramabeans.com/members/kimbapnoona/activity/980208/

        I agree frabb! one of the many things I thoroughly enjoyed in this was that I was never confused who was who. Alice and Greg were able to play Chen Yun Ru, Huang Yu Xuan, Li Zi Wei, Wang Quan Sheng so distinctively. I enjoyed seeing Greg play teenager, adult, a much older adult all in one drama!

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          Ah, trust our beloved Noona to cover this masterpiece~

          That’s exactly it – I did believe for a few episodes that Li Zi Wei wasn’t Wang Quan Sheng because one performance is bubbly and sunny and energetic, and the other was mature and serene. Watching one become the other was a pure joy for me – I loved catching up with him in the present, because seeing all the little peeks that they were the same person (which they distinctly left out before) were glorious!

          And frankly, Huang Yu Xuan is just a delight. She’ll probably be my Heroine of the Year.

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            This is why episode 8 and 9 were my favourites and where The drama pushed all the right buttons for me. The reveal was very straightforward compared to the theories I had in my head, but I couldn’t help but be awed at how it was executed. The OTP scenes were so heartwarming and I legit felt my heartstrings being tugged at. And I liked that it took time before they got together. For Huang Yu Xuan, it was a gradual phase of falling in love with the man who was always there for her. For Li Zi Wei, his feelings grew for her the more he spent time with her. Time proved that he fell for such an amazing woman since he was 18. I loved that he was Huang Yu Xuan’s bestfriend first before she officially went out with him.

            And frankly, Huang Yu Xuan is just a delight. She’ll probably be my Heroine of the Year.

            Yes! Amazing woman through and through.

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    Fabs, I’m glad you’re watching it !
    *giving you hugs*
    My heart keeps being broken for the OTP. The show owns us a happy ending !

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      I always cry at the opening now, in that bit where they look at each other in the hallway, and the lyrics explain their beautiful relationship perfectly.

      Impossible to stay away,
      Impossible to stay.

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        I always smile from ear to ear everytime I replay this scene and the opening OST comes on.

        Very fitting. And look at how excited he was seeing the real Huang Yu Xuan in flesh! He mouthed hi to her, his hand automatically reached out to her as she walked past him. His determination to win her heart in her timeline was so admirable.

        In addition to opening song, I love love love the ending song too, Miss You 3000 –

        Could there be another dimension, another body, that could give us an alternate ending? 😭 Just want to see you. Travelled across thousands, tens of thousands, of connected timelines and seas of people

        😭😭😭

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    Ah! I can’t believe how profoundly beautiful it is! I am on ep 4 and I don’t want to watch because I know it will end I can’t take it

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Past Me: What? You’re watching VIP?
Present Me: Yes! Oh my God, it’s so good – I can’t understand why I’ve been sleeping on it for so long!
Past: Because Lee Sang-yoon is the male lead and you don’t like him?
Present: …Well, yes. But hey, he only speaks about five words per episode!
Past: Really? I’m there.

(Five episodes later.)

Past Me: Hey, so I just started VIP, and you were right! It is great!
Present Me: Yeah… You’re probably going to drop it soon.
Past: What? Why?
Present: It IS great. It is! But it just makes you so damn miserable.

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