Beanie level: Rooftop room dweller

rewatching Dancing High’s Ep 2, Leeki’s “Get a grip” & “What do I do now?” still breaks my ❤

but still Good Luck,Sweetie!

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    Aww I bet his team will do well!
    There were so many contestants who wanted to be in his team! They just didnt make the Top10 cut

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Ribbon

The title track of Highlight’s last Beast album,under Cube Ent released on 4 July 2016 (Doojoon’s birthday!).

Side Story That memorable 2016

I saw Beast in Manila for their Fan Meeting in March.I was very excited since they’re coming to my City.But,rumors started circulating about Hyunseung plus he missed the Manila FM.In April,it was announced that he’s left the group.

When Beast’s comeback was announced I was very very worried.How will they sound now? HS has a great voice. And who comes back with 2 ballad songs for promotions?

But as always,Beast hasn’t disappointed me.

Ribbon
a midtempo ballad,just like their song 12:30 in 2014.More than the lyrics, that violin instrumentals almost throughout the song,hooked me.Sometimes though,it overwhelms the vocals.But I just loved strings orchestrations in songs.

Yoseob fills in for the parts that Hyunseung might have had,at least for me.Junhyung totally nails the emotional rapping on this tune,turning it to singing seamlessly,lending some edginess to the tune.

Lyrics were inspired by JH’s hotel robe’s ties,loosening.I kid you not,he said, “It’s a ribbon.I went outside while wearing a hotel robe,and the ribbon easily came undone.I thought I had tied it tightly,but that wasn’t the case.I used that to explain the relationship between two lovers.”

It’s reminded me so much of 12:30 which I loved and sometimes lessens my enjoyment about it.

The MV
(https://youtu.be/3zMwt3pg8ZA)

I loved it with its changing environments and scenes,never having quite the same look even if they hit the same location again.The boys dance, too, which just adds some goodness to the whole thing. (Those hip swivels,OMG! ; like this: https://youtu.be/i4BoypuT0jQ)

It boils down to loneliness, as memories are fished out of a storage locker. The clocks? Because time is the one thing that was not on their side. It manages to be much more than the sum of its parts.

Admittedly,it kind of creeps me out, sometimes.Maybe their darkest MV.

But,it did tied me up with Beast, even more.That I was ready but anxiously waiting for news after their contract ended in Oct 2016 until now.

MV Making: https://youtu.be/kNDJJ5e3OkA
Tipsy Live: https://youtu.be/d6K3W4d2SsQ

Hi @ally-le and @delphy010

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    Watch the Tipsy Live ’cause
    1. Vocals! ❤
    2. Munchkins (GK & YS) harmonizing
    3. drunk Dujun

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    I love this song! it feels melancholy~

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    I’ll come back to this one and watch all your lovely Easter eggs. Thank you!

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    Ahh ribbon. This tipsy version is my fave live version.

    Thanks for sharing the side story of 2016, i haven’t found much info in eng on HS’s departure and subsequently the group’s departure from cube. I guess that explains the melancholic tone of the album. The group looked pretty down in that year’s comeback. Its was probably an emotional year for the fandom as well.

    The mv is creepy indeed, now that I watch it closely this time. That hand coming from the locker 😱. And poor doojoon, of everyone it had to be him assigned to jump off a building.
    And I laughed at the hip swivel collection video! Those are awesome moves though, thanks to this HLnuna video which replayed it 3x, i’d always look out for it in every ribbon performance.

    Once again thanks for these trivia! Its great to listen to this song again with all that context. <3

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      i know little about his departure, but it was a indeed such a crazy emotional year.

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    Awm, waiting for this video/Dudu’s birthday on v app with them was stressful for me, but was pleasantly surprised ^^

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      I was so sleepy while waiting for that V App…it was such a stressful year,but looking back,we really did survive it.

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OMG 😱😱😱😱😱
😍😍😍😍😍

MIGB ep 15

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    JTBC drama YT channel is weird.

    the preview for Ep 16 is in their latest uploads,but no clips (yet) from Ep 15 which aired earlier

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    I know I said before,I was wondering how we will get a redemption for SooA.some Beanies (sorry,I forgot exactly who) mentioned SooA needs to take responsibility for what she has done. After Ep 15, I get why they thought that way.and I agree.

    we had a SooA back story,as sad as it was,that was not an excuse how she treated people,especially Mirae.

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fandom was in chaos when HL posted pics from this shoot.not 30 mins past,JH said it was for an ad & the “Shilla” logo was reflected in 1 of photos.

Leeki’s naturally sexy voice and the script,😂 😍

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was scrolling through VIU to catch up on 30 but 17 but then I saw SSL.

I’m taking it as a sign,time for my annual re-watch.

Happy Weekend,Beanies!

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    I think this is a sign that I should persevere in maths. My paper is this week and I am lagging behind. Looks like even dramagods are giving me a sign

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      is there a puddle somewhere around you where you can jump off and meet your King? 😉 don’t forget your thick book!

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    It’s always a trap. One glance at the poster and it’s re watch time. It’s irresistible!!!
    (Off I go too 😍)

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    I need to watch this one with the hubs. He hasn’t seen it yet!

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      I’m excited to find out what your hubby thinks of this one.

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I’m Really Really sorry to miss your drama,but you look so good,Sweetie.

May you always be this happy.

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dear Beanies,
thank you for the rave reviews & spazzing on the Beanie wall,I started my new drama cycle with 30 but 17 while waiting for the new ones to start.

I’m loving it already.

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My ID is Gangnam Beauty Ep 14
I lurve this Ep,will probably love it more when I see it with subs.

JTBC,I forgive you for not giving a preview. I will happily re-watch Ep 14 😍

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    Oooh looking forward to watching this late in the evening!

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so I may or may have not re-watched My ID is Gangnam Beauty from Ep 01 to the Ep 13 while I wait for Ep 14..this is bad; I got it bad

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    so I may or may have not watched My ID is Gangnam Beauty from Ep 1 to E12 with my cousin to suck her into my obsession last weekend when she visited. I am a bad unnie, but a proud addict.

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    Only once?! I think I’ve marathoned the eps twice already 😂

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    I don’t think I can rewatch little rapper getting her heart broken again! I need her to end up with Junoflo so my soul is content.

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been away from DB for quite sometime with only 2 dramas,looks like I’ll have a busy autumn (well,autumn in the North Hem) with new dramas but I’m mostly looking forward to these:
100 Days Prince/Husband
The Smile has Left your Eyes aka A Hundred Million Stars falling from the Sky
The Third Charm
The Beauty Inside

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Gangnam Beauty Ep 13

I liked Eun’s character in the manga.
Though in the drama,she’s not Mirae’s only friend, I still like her character.

For one,she knows what’s up
– with SooA and her 🐍 ways
– and with Kyung Seok

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Eun let\’s expose SooA so Yena & TaeHee can go after her.

Mirae & KS being awkwardly cute together 😍

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    I’m so glad that someone else knows of the real Soo Ah besides Mi Rae.

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      i know! it will add credibility if,when mirae fights back if,when sooa gets extra petty.

      sooa needs to be exposed. though mirae’s “we’re not so different” line might have totally shocked and shook sooa.

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    Please can we add Jang Ho in this…. I`m so glad he’s finally got splashed in the face and so out of Soo-Ah trance now. I’m expecting more from you now, boi.

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      yes please! i thought jang ho woke up after sooa’s camera shot meltdown after he was rejected. glad he realized how bad the real sooa is

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Haru Haru

This will always be THAT Bigbang song for me. In its original version (https://youtu.be/MzCbEdtNbJ0) captured my early 20s heart.

And then they performed it in acoustic version (https://youtu.be/T4D63USA-HA)
The rawness in GD’s rap,in his battle like rap with T.O.P. totally enamored me. The Taeyang’s,Daesung’s and Seungri’s parts were very heart warming.

I was,am not usually fond of song Japanese versions but Haru Haru’s version was so different. At times, it felt like Haru Haru acoustic version was meant for the Nihonggo language. A short video of Bigbang singing Haru Haru in Nihonggo (https://youtu.be/-BncMOm-7ZU) made me buy my 1st Japan Con DVD – Bigbang’s Japan Dome Tour 2014-2015.

And Winner did such a great job in their rendition of it in their recent Japan tour. I know what my 2nd JP Con DVD I’m getting.

My VIP 💛 is very grateful while my Inseo 💙 is very proud.

Winner’s We’ll Always Be Young Japan tour 2018 Live album is on Spotify (https://open.spotify.com/album/7yuT3g23WPecMS75uXsiAT?si=TOo0u9faQNyiSpq1ZUbwXw)

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    Haru-haru is the portal for me, from this song I’m curious about kpop and then here Iam. I like many version from Haru-haru, and honestly I really like the Japanese version. Winner do a great job to cover this song, they really do their best 👍

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    Haru haru is classic.
    Love in the ice is my THAT song. I just felt in love with it from the first time I heard it. The lyric is simple tbh but their harmony really shine in this song.

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    Winner’s rendition was so beautiful. So proud of the boys!

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    Also, that video lol

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    It was the song that got me into BB (and therefore to kpop) in my dorm, 10 years ago. HUHUHU I love the original and Winner’s rendition~

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NOT YET

As far as I remember this is the only Beast/Highlight song that got banned for broadcast by KBS.
All because of Junhyung’s “shh” had the potential to be misheard and misunderstood as an offensive word. It’s within the lyrics, “the loneliness surrounds me as I spend the night in tears, shh,”
At that time, their agency explained that it expresses the feelings of a person who has no experience in breaking up.

Cringe worthy English lyrics, though. This has got to be a phase. But musically, it was another song that was an easy track to listen to.
Lyrics video (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgZcOOelT9A)

The song is off their debut album entitled Beast is the B2st, I know and agree, heck even the members agree,this is their most cringe worthy album,and released on 16 Oct 2009.

I haven’t heard this song performed live again, after this.

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      Thanks mary! Bookmarked for when i have wifi. Am on a holiday this week.
      Going thru the lyrics of Beast’s earlier songs is on my to-do list! Do you know from which album did Good Life begin to write most of the lyrics?

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        Mary will correct me, but I think after Freeze (F&F) and Dream Girl (MS), Good Life started creating both lyrics and music for almost all their songs. JH has always been credited with lyrics, though!

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          Natz is right,Good Life’s 1st song was Freeze and the 1st Beast album entirely produced by Good Life was “Hard to Love,How to Love” from intro up to encore

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          And yes,JH has been credited as co-lyricist since “Bad Girl”

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    SO incredibly cringe worthy, but I think that year was the cringy music year so I don’t blame them too much lol
    Also, can we talk about how handsome they all looked in the opening video as pilots? <3<3<3

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      What should we say? A man in uniform always will be more handsome than one who isn’t. But yeah, I would do a quintuple take if I saw them walking through an airport! Fly me anywhere, boys. ✈️👨‍✈️

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      Natz, Dongni and Dujun looked so good, the Munchkins looked cute and JH & HS were looking dapper.

      This and 2016 Beautiful Show are the ones I didn’t get to watch.I saw Beast in Manila for a FM in March then they had the last Beautiful Show that year. I’m still torn whether I want Cube to release the 2016 TBS DVD.

      (I love how Leeki referred to him and the Fairy as Munchkins in a recent IG post 😍)

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        I decided it was best if they didn’t, this way they’re not making money off them as usual *bitter*
        And yeees! Plus they look SO munchkiny in that pic, especially the fairy with that way-too-long-sleeved shirt!

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          HL will only get tiny %off sales from the con dvd as composers, even for Joker

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    Spotify has been holding out on me! I’ve not been privy to this album at all, and I listen to everything without knowing the words initially, so I just thought it was a nice song initially. Thanks for sharing it! And the lyrics aren’t that cringe-worthy, especially knowing that it’s about a first break-up.

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    With every post about Beast’s old discography, it feels like you’re exposing my questionable taste when I first got into kpop HAHA

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      Mango, don’t say that! I’m actually exposing us (you,me and @natzillagorilla) 😉

      They have great songs which I think some Beanie might not be familiar or curious about. So much discography, to be honest. So hard to pick which one to post.

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        Beast’s songs are seriously worth to listen to. Their ballads are beautiful and the world or a least Beanies needs to find their old germs.

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      I think we had this conversation when (I think it was) @delphy010 posted Bad Girl lol
      Again, this was cool back then, ok? #noregrets

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        I remember ! Cringy english, eyeliner and overdramatic MVs were the best #noregrets

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        I was hypnotized by Leeki and his guyliner 😂

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JTBC drop that Ep 13 Preview NOW!

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Midnight

The pre-release song off Beast’s Midnight Sun album in 2012.Written by Junhyung with Choi Kyu-sung and Shinsadong Tiger. It wasn’t remarkable but it was pleasant to listen to.

No official music video,instead a one-minute and sixteen second theme music video (https://youtu.be/bcZlC6lfLxc) was released together with the song with clips from the “Beautiful Night” MV that was shot in NYC.

But,it was recorded in Japanese and became the group’s third Japanese song, complete with an official MV (https://youtu.be/gvWPiXndy5A).

Like most of JH’s compositions, Midnight speaks of longing for someone. If you like, here’s the lyric video (https://youtu.be/O-YQHcbsxNA). The song had acoustic elements with the guitars and piano but still sounds upbeat.

This is one of JH’s earlier works and looking back, it seems a foreshadow of what his writing and composing style would be – lyrics on lost loved or break ups, music more on the upbeat side and usually no vocal breaks – one member sings and then transitioning almost seamlessly to the next member, vocals or rap with 2 sometimes 3 members adlib-ing,harmonizing after the 2nd chorus.

And like other Beast pre-releases, the song had better peaks on the music charts compared to the official promotional song, “Beautiful Night”.

Most of my favorite concert performances of many Beast songs were in The Beautiful Show 2015 including this. Beast performed an acoustic version of Midnight adding to the melancholy if not longing of the song.

ps. @ally-le @natzillagorilla

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Doojoon’s agency shared a naver link, for a photo documentation of when DJ had his haircut prior to enlistment.

I laughed,cringed and cried.
I love these men. 😍😍😍😍😍

DJ and his signature pose 😂

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Dear Let’s Eat,

I got worried when I first found out you would have a Season 3.

Even more worried when Doo Joon signed up for this 3rd Season.

Most of all, you casted a new female lead.

What more will this season bring? Goo Dae Young and another girl friend?

These and more apprehensions were in my head when I played that S3 Ep 1.

It didn’t help that Seo Yeon annoyed the hell out me. And I couldn’t believe in or adore heck even imagine Jiwoo as Dae Young’s new love interest. And then you had to throw in Sooji who I loved from S2 in a cameo as an ex,a dead ex at that.

In spite of my internal critics and commentary,I didn’t realize that I’d like this S3. I won’t list down what I didn’t like instead why I would,might re-watch you:

1. The flashbacks and Daeyoung’s college buddies.
2. It was ok to love Sooji and say goodbye and in parallel realize that I appreciate Jiwoo. Wait and countdown with her until DY’s vacation from and end of military service.
3. I was ok with DY and JW ending up together, but the ending you gave me was still something I’d accept. Simply because it was DY AND JW. It was consistent with how I had appreciated their characters and their development, individually and together throughout this season.
4. I learned more about our foodie this season and I fell in love with him all over again.

As GDY said “In the end, you can’t go back in time.You only have to move forward along with the flow of time”

Thank you, Let’s Eat!

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    We are both being emo at the same time, I see 😀

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      Hi Muchie! I posted this right after watching.Had to eat dinner first before I see lotsa food shots and Dujunie’s mukbang face. Still emo about Dujun and the show’s ending

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        I am gonna be that for a while… I cried when Jiwoo was crying after she confessed and I didn’t even know that the end was so near! SO got a jolt when they started showing BTS pictures! Like I expected more! After smiling happily along with JiWoo when he asked her to wait, I was expecting the next 2 eps to focus on his business getting better and then them being cute together! But obviously the boy wasn’t able to shoot that much!

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          ah the “what ifs” on this are there but somewhat it was easier to accept the ending they gave us.

          I didn’t really expect to get so emotional and cry over his enlistment.I mean I got teary eyed when GD,Taeyang and Daesung (Bigbang) and Sunggyu (Infinite) enlisted but I was literally crying on the day his enlistment news came out at work (!) and I had to bug Natz without bothering to check what time it is on her side of the world. The BF is already wondering how I’d end up on GK’s enlistment, even suggested I take a leave.

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    You *had* to throw in the food truck pic, didn’t you?? TT
    I was reflecting yesterday on how MUCH we hated SY at the beginning (personally, skipping her scenes entirely) yet how much I cared for her (albeit still wanted to slap her from time to time) in the end. This season’s characters were so well thought it’s impossible for me not to feel that pang of ‘what if’ when we know this ending was not what they wanted to show us. However, just like you, I’d rewatch it so I can fall in love with KDY all over again (if that’s even possible)

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      When I first saw that food truck pic, I knew it HAD to be on my farewell post for LE.

      We’re like JW, in some ways re: SY. We hated her, irritated still but we liked her enough at the end of it all.

      Even with your ‘spoiler, that I asked for, I was still waiting for DY’s buddies to appear out of nowhere. As if I’m not watching exactly the same one you watched earlier.

      I loved this season more than the 2 ones, in spite of the shortened ending we got. But in my mind, after that last seen, I’ll think about DY’s business flourishing and that’s how we met his college buddies,again. With Jiwoo thrown in, of course 😉

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    I love how you explain about LES3, it’s same with me, altought I miss the trio from 2004, I still like the ending. DY and JW are mature enough and know each other so well. The show keep Suji in special space that’s is so hard to forget her. DY just build up his life again with new challenge, as well as Dujun.

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Will you be Alright?

One of my favorite ballads from Beast now Highlight. It’s off the album, Hard to Love,How to Love in 2013 which was entirely produced by Junhyung and Kim Taejoo (aka The Good Life producing team). This and “I’m Sorry” were pre-released before the album release in July. First performance was during The Beautiful Show concert and shared below.

This has been quite a tradition for Beast,having a pre-release song off the album since 2011’s massively successful On Rainy Days that outranked Fiction. And even Will you be Alright? outranked Shadow which was the title track on the Billboard charts in 2013.

And like most of their ballad songs it has a post break up or break up theme. A common theme for songs with lyrics and co-composed by JH.

“Sometimes you have no choice but to end things. Yet it doesn’t mean that you don’t care about that person.”

It also showcased the group’s vocals, and not just Yoseob’s. The beginnings of Dongwoon’s more lines in their succeeding albums.

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    Our poor Joker’s heart lol.
    I think we commented about this before, but I was so surprised by Go Away! Such a plot twist, him being on the other side of the coin heheh.
    Thanks for sharing, Mary, this song…*sigh*

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      Which made Go Away refreshing. Even some of his collab songs are on break ups like with Heize’s Dont Come Back or Davii’s.

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        Haha JH says Go away is fictional, so he might have been mostly on the receiving end of the break up 😝

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          How many break ups has Joker gone through to have these much inspiration for songs, beginning 2011. I doubt though that it’s only his break up with Hara that inspired him 😂

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            I wonder too haha. (The songs in the last few albums sound like the same girl, just saying^^)

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            He constantly says his songs are not inspired solely by his own break up/s

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    Thanks for the trivia mary! I always regret not knowing them before this year.

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      Sweetie,no regrets! as I usually say to new fans, you have 9 years of discography and shows to go through and fall in love with them all over again. You have time plus they’ll be on hiatus.

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        That’s very true. Its been 6 months and I’ve not gone through everything. I just wish i could have gone for BS at least once. But looking forward to their future concerts. =)

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          The Beautiful Show series was a great series. Just watch the concert DVDs.

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    Mary, could you tag me on these? I guess I need more history of the song writer. Is Kim Tae-joo still writing with them? And I’ve noticed that Junhyun writes a lot of love lost songs. Poor boy, but he writes them so well! And Dongwoon! I actually love the timbre of his voice. And it’s not as rock/raspy as the others. YS and GK are lovely, but they register higher. I really like his new digital album.

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      Hi Ally, will do. Yup Kim Taejoo is still with them. He even co-composed 1 song in GK’s solo album One.

      Dongwoon,has definitely improved especially since 2013. Since then he begun having more lines. Junhyung said last year that every time they’d record for a new album,he is always surprised by Dongni’s improvement.

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Can You Feel It?

The title of Highlight’s mini album when they came back after establishing their own agency. Many fans preferred either It’s Still Beautiful or Plz Don’t be Sad from that album. As for me, my favorite song is of the same title Can You Feel It?

It’s still written by Junhyung,but the lyrics are not of his usual style, full of metaphors and indirect words,but it was a letter,as directly as he could,written for the then unnamed fandom.At some point in his 2nd rap,if you listen a closely,you might hear as part of the music,fans cheering when he raps the lines When my heart that longs for you gets weaker,I think of the moment I can hear the shouts from the dark grey lights. Dark grey was the fandom color when they were still Beast and the fandom was Beauty.It’s a song telling the fans,they are back and coming back to them.

This is my welcome back song.

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    Love your intro to the song Waki! I’m truly enjoying the song now that I have this kind of background on it.

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      hi G! thank you for listening to this and appreciating my intro. See you around 😄

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    You are a Highlight/Beast encyclopedia. They should hire you for all their English-language promotional materials! I’m thinking they’d be bigger than BTS! (Sorry, Army-Beanies)

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      thank you for the wonderful words Ally. I just also share what I learn from other Lights and also because I’ve followed them from pre-debut, I guess. I just want more people,out of SoKor,to know about them. They’re well loved in Korea, as a group and individually, especially Doojoon. But they’ve always had fewer international fans as compared to other idol groups even during their peak years (2011-2014).

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