The next segment of CN Bluestory documented the band’s first street performance titled “CN Blue Burning Concert” in the frigid weather. How ironic… Anyway, I was particularly moved by their revelations relating to their musical influences:
Yonghwa – Bon Jovi, because he seeks to achieve the same ‘charming and charismatic’ voice. The magic moment happened upon hearing “It’s My Life,” one of his favorite Bon Jovi rock songs. Oh, how I love Bon Jovi’s love ballads and rock songs; they last through time and permeate beyond the Pacific Ocean blue, to CN Blue’s lead vocalist. I have been an avid fan of Bon Jovi for many years, probably since before I was born. Classic hits I never get sick of listening to include “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Livin’ Like a Prayer,” “It’s My Life,” “Always,” “Wanted Dead or Alive,” “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” “Lost Highway,” and “Make a Memory.” They have been a classic band that has survived time because of their unity, talent, versatility, and influence. Now, they have somehow captivated Yonghwa all the way out in Korea.
Amazing how you flash forward 15 years, Bon Jovi lost the frizzy electrocuted-hairdo, skinny jeans, and tacky leather jackets for a more modern, sleek look. And still producing beautiful music! They seriously do not age…
With Yonghwa’s pretty face, enrapturing stare, chiseled physique, exuberant personality, and sexy vocals, he is well on his way to falling into Bon Jovi’s shoes. Aside from his musical talents, he’s popular on the small screen. On my “Korean Stuff to Watch” list are We Got Married (‘Sweet Potato’ with Yonghwa and Seohyun of SNSD), You’re Beautiful, and Heartstrings.
Here’s Yonghwa and his ‘wife’ Seohyun performing together, “Run Devil Run” and “Love Light.” They have perfect chemistry, on stage and on TV…
Jonghyun – Eric Clapton, because of his everlasting love for the guitar. Jonghyun learned his guitar through music, and not just any kind of music, but Clapton’s music. He aspires to be like Eric Clapton, one who carries his guitar with his music. Once again, I have been a great appreciator of Eric Clapton. Mellow, soft, enthralling, Eric Clapton emanates serenity, soulfulness, skill, and passion. Some personal favorite songs include “My Father’s Eyes,” “Tears in Heaven,” “Wonderful Tonight,” “Change the World,” “I Shot the Sheriff,” and “Layla.” You keep rocking on Jonghyun, you can be a great guitarist and musician like your idol Eric Clapton!
Another expressive performance by the genius guitarist Eric Clapton, “Wonderful Tonight” (2007). An analgesic song for studying or better, the standard song for the perfect romance.
The saddest song I’ve ever loved and enjoyed, “Tears in Heaven” Live in Japan. Clapton wrote this poignant song after the accidental death of his 4-year old son back in 1991. You can’t listen to this song on repeat or by chance in the car without jolting those lacrimal glands into action.
Look what I found on Youtube, Jonghyun’s soulful rendition of “Tears in Heaven.” He made a circle of Korean guys and girls swoon in the middle of the woods.
And as a tangent, I was watching Taiwan’s Super King yesterday, a CN Blue episode from 2010-10-2. HILARIOUS! Asian variety shows, they make celebrities say and do the darnest things. Check out this episode, where you’ll find CN Blue catching fish with toilet paper nets, jumping rope (and tripping), and attempting to sing Chinese classic songs. Oh yea, and you’ll find Jonghyun strumming to Jason Mraz’s “I’m Yours.” Enjoy!
Jungshin – Mr. Big; I’m not a big fan of Mr. Big the band, so I have no personal opinions or ravings to offer…
Minhyuk – Maroon 5, because to Minhyuk, they are “Like vitamins.” I could not agree more my drummer friend! I have been a loyal fan of Maroon 5 since their grand debut! The first CD I listened to and enjoy, from beginning to end, until it got scratched up from overplaying, was their debut CD Songs About Jane. Since then, I have made sure to get a whole of their subsequent hit CDs, It Won’t Be Soon Before Long and Hands All Over. I don’t think I’ve come across a Maroon 5 song I disliked to a dent. All-time hits on my iTunes list comprise of “Harder to Breathe,” “This Love,” “Sunday Morning” (plus basically everything on their first album), “Makes Me Wonder” (this was my ringtone and alarm clock sophomore year in college, much to my roommate’s dismay), “Wake Up Call,” “Won’t Go Home Without You,” and “Misery.” If any of these songs do not sound familiar, you should be ashamed… Go rummage through 4shared.com, click download, and put it on repeat to listen over a game of Scrabble or a dinner party. Minhyuk, you keep up your daily dosage of Maroon 5 vitamins, because I’m surely getting my daily supplements of eye candy.
Hm, I wonder how they got themselves and their precious equipment in the middle of the giant lake… It’s pretty awesome they’re performing in the middle of an amusement park. You don’t find random performances like this very often in America…
Oh and this is pretty incredible too. CN Blue and SNSD with “Gee,” but jazzy and spiced up. They are making beautiful music with beautiful girls. Love it!
No wonder I am so gravitated towards CN Blue, and perhaps so are you! Their musical influences coincides, at least 75%, with my all-time American favorites. They have great potential to succeed and shine on the global scale, just as their idols have performed. With their passion and perseverance, CN Blue will continue to charm fangirls across the globe and hopefully influence budding boybands.