What does Jimi Hendrix and South Korea have in common?

Luna Lee apparently.  Let me explain.

First, even if you don’t like Jimi Hendrix, listen to this video.

Now, I doubt there are few who would argue about Jimi’s great guitar skill.  Hell, I don know how to play but could see his passion and energy and appreciated it when I do occasionally listen.

Now, here is the South Korean connection.  Meet Luna Lee.  I don’t know anything about her but I just saw this cover she did with a Gayageum of the above song and was blown away.  Having been in Korea for nearly 3 years, and seeing how ‘mechanical’ they tend to learn things, I watched her play very closely to see if she had the spirit of the song in heart.  I was NOT disappointed :)  She killed this song and has made a fan of me :)


I hope I can meet her and thank her in person for that awesome and inspiring performance!  Please share this around!

Live music in #South Korea

One of the things I have missed from home is watching my musicians friends perform.  Tonight a friend of mine had introduced to this place that is really close to my community club!  How awesome is this?!

This place is called Sound Hill (Korean 소릿골) and not only ifs the guy singer pretty damn good, he is also the owner AND bartender!  Check him out!

Pirate music? Why bother any more?

Why anyone would bother pirating music to listen to on a home computer, or even a 3G/4G connected device(with a reasonable data plan) is purely a waste of time now-a-days.  Ever since I found sites like Jango.com and di.fm, there is zero need for anyone to consider downloading music illegally. With Jango.com (many say it’s like Pandora but since I’ve never use Pandora, and Jango works worldwide, whereas Pandora does not) I can listen to nearly anything I want.  Sure I’ll have to convert some local indie bands to MP3 but that’s neither hard nor surprising.

Now, if some company can break the Hollywood monopoly on movies, maybe we, as a species, can truly enjoy art(despite the crap that gets turned out from the studios mostly now).

Maybe if more people just made their own movies, even with the 99.999999% less budget, you’d get better attention than over-marketed crap/


Pop Music in Korea (KPOP)

A culture can be defined by many things, least of all music. Music has a way of transcending barriers and has often been called the ‘universal language’ (or was that math or Love…I don’t recall…). Still, when ever I am exposed to another culture, I try to see what it’s music is like. It’s not hard to find something you like in any culture if you look hard enough. Here are my favourites that I have found so far.

The first is G Dragon. One might be tempted to say that I like him purely based on his name, and truth be told, I started listening based on that name alone but then the music I liked. So it worked out :) In face, this song is G Dragon and T.O.P pair of singers.

The next is another song, from their same album. The word you hear repeated is supposed to mean Knockout. Funny thing about translations, I have not been able to find that translated by an online translation yet. I do know that the second part of the work (guy-yo) means go or go out. Still, it’s a funky little tune.

And the last one, for today, is your very typical teeney type of band. Dal Shabet, a 6 girls and the video truly reflects their market. Still, I find their beat for this song rather interesting so here you go. Try NOT to get it stuck in your head :P  I won’t bother commenting on the implications of their other song, Pink Rocket.

I’m sure I’ll be adding more songs as the years go by. You can be sure that eventually the Korean groups will be heading that way…as soon as the big industry controllers over there let them in. It is inevitable as their popularity is growing fast in this part of the world.