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Songs About the Heart

“We are humans, young and old, who share a common bond of love and humanity that is rooted in the heart.  Traditional Chinese symbolizes this enduring concept that connects such selfless feelings to the physical human heart:  “xin” (心) represents the heart and occupies the center of the character for love, “ai” (愛).  Likewise, a doctor symbolizes this unique blend of human character and devotion, to heal and treat patients from the inside out.”

I have learned so much about the human body that it’s almost unfathomable and amazing. I can’t help but make connections with everyday life. Like right now, as I’m jamming to my iTunes DJ. I was shuffling through my multifaceted music collection and tallied how many songs from around the world related back to the heart and its core meaning – love.  Here is a compilation of my favorite songs that have some connection with “heart” and “love,” from sappy love ballads to Asian hits and Korean stuff I can’t understand. These are only song titles; if you listen to lyrics, the list will include all my 2000+ songs and much more.

– Celine Dion: “My Heart Will Go On,” from Titanic, my all-time favorite movie

– Celine Dion:  “Pour Que Tu M’Aimes Encore” – “Because You Loved Me” – “To Love You More

– Kylie Minogue: “Love At First Sight”

– Mariah Carey: “Love Takes Time” – “Dreamlover” – “Heartbreaker

– Britney Spears:  “From the Bottom of My Broken Heart

– Madonna: “Open Your Heart

– Lady Gaga: “Love Game”

– Willa Ford: “Haunted Heart

– Maroon 5: “This Love” (and G-Dragon’s Korean version)

– Savage Garden – “I Knew I Loved You”

– Backstreet Boys – “Quit Playing Games (With My Heart)” – “As Long As You Love Me” – “I’ll Never Break Your Heart“- “The Shape of My Heart”  … Yes, I’m still swooning to timeless 90’s boy bands

Forever BSB

– ‘N Sync:  “Tearin’ Up My Heart

– ‘N Sync & Gloria Estefan: “Music of My Heart

– Joey McIntyre: “I Love You Came Too Late”

– Rob Thomas: “This is How a Heart Breaks

– BBMak: “Out of My Heart (Into Your Head)” (I like Euro-pop *.*)

– Bon Jovi: “You Give Love a Bad Name”

– Daniel Powter: “Love You Lately”

– Air Supply: “All Out of Love” (Wow, this is ancient…)

– 2Pac: “California Love,” a random, but catchy rap song

– Josh Groban: “You Are Loved (Don’t Give Up),” something a little hopeful

– Elton John: “Can You Feel the Love Tonight,” from my favorite Disney movie The Lion King

– Phil Collins: “You’ll Be in My Heart

– Jay Chou 周杰倫 – “簡單愛 Simple Love” – “ Heart’s Rain

– Lee Hom 王力宏 – “放開你的心 Release Your Heart” – “心中的日月 Sun & Moon In My Heart” – “心跳 Heartbeat

– Lee Hom 王力宏 & 盧巧音 Candy Lo “好心分手 Good Heart Break Up” (a nice Mando-Canto duet mix)

– Lee Hom 王力宏 & Selina – “你是我心內的一首歌 You Are the Song in My Heart

– Fahrenheit 飛輪海 – “心理有數” (lit. Your Heart Knows)

– Emil Chau 周華健 – “愛相隨 Love Follows”

– Richie Ren 任賢齊 – “心太軟 Soft Heart

– Teresa Teng 鄧麗君 – “月亮代表我的心 Moon Represents My Heart,” a classic Taiwanese song w/many variations

– Jackie Chan 陳龍/Kim Hee-Seon – “Endless Love,” from The Myth 神話 (2005)

– Phil Chang 張宇 – “用心良苦 Well-Intentioned

– Jacky Cheung 張學友 – “心碎了無痕

– David Tao 陶喆 – “就是爱你 Only Love You” – “愛很簡單 Love is Really Simple”

– Wilber Pan 潘瑋柏 – “不得不愛 Gotta Love”

– JJ Lin 林俊傑 – “只對你說 Sarang Heyo” (the Korean saying “Sarang Heyo” = I Love You)

– Vanness Wu 吳建豪 – “Listen To Your Heart

– Jolin Tsai 蔡依林 – “Love Love Love” — “愛無赦 Bravo Lover”

– Ding Dang 丁噹 – “我愛他 I Love Him,” from Taiwanese drama 下一站, 幸福 Autumn’s Concerto (2009)

– 元若蓝 Yuan Ruo Lan & 吴忠明 Wu Zhong Ming – “心願便利貼 Sticky Note Wish,” from Taiwanese drama 命中注定我愛你 Fated to Love You (2008)

– Super Junior 슈퍼주니어- “너같은사람 또 없어 No Other,” the MV has 10 hot Korean guys singing, dancing, and expressing their heart. I noticed how each of them get creative with their artful gestures of love, with the fancy red heart and baby blue aura giving the video and song a sweet feel.

– 2pm – “Heartbeat” (I have a whole blog on this up next…)

– G-Dragon – “Heartbreaker” (Ah yes, another one)

– CNBlue 씨엔블루– “Love”

– SS501 – “Love Like This” – “Making a Lover”

– DBSK 東方神起 – “Love in the Ice” (such a passionate song by 5 sexy Korean guys)

– XIAH Junsu 김준수– “君がいれば ~Beautiful Love~” (Junsu with a solo Japanese album post DBSK-breakup; now back in JYJ, yay!)

– JY Park – “No Love No More,” in the MV, after a double suicide, JYP lives it up in hell; he reminds me of a dancing Hugh Heffner for some reason…

– A’ST1 에이스타일 – “아쉬운 마음인 Yearning Heart,” from Boys Over Flowers (2009)

– Shin Seung Hoon 신승훈 (申昇勳) – “Love of Iris,” from Iris (2009)

– SeeYa 씨야 – “ 슴이 뭉클 My Heart is Moved,” from Personal Taste (2010)

– Utada Hikaru – “Prisoner of Love,” from Japanese drama Last Friends

– Arashi 嵐  – “One Love,” from Japanese drama Hana Yori Dango 花より男子 (2005)

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Dashing Down the Stage

My current eye candy?  Korean guys.  Why?  Because they are dashing dancers.  They have the looks, the steam, the unity, the sex appeal, the ever evolving style, and the make-you-melt moves.

Like every other teenage girl in America, I used to be infatuated with pop boy bands like ‘N Sync, Backstreet Boys, ‘N Sync.  I still fall back in time once in a while to remember my girlhood reverie.  I remember the magazine pictures I clipped with my school friends, the love we professed for our favorite members, the giggles we shared while watching television shows, and the letters we wrote to celebrities. Now, here are a few old favorites by my top boy bands.  *Note the fashion, choreography, and the overall performance.* I used to watch “Making the Video” for these songs.

Now, I’ve become less of a twinkie and more of a FOB in recent years.  My recent muses are Korean pop bands that have fantastic talent and skills on the dance floor.  Some personal favorites include DBSK/TVXQ 東方神起, Super Junior 슈퍼주니어, 빅뱅 Big Bang, SS501, SNSD 少女時代, and Wonder Girls, for now.  I’m still exploring and dabbling around.  In Korea, these top groups are created by big record companies/talent agencies (ex. JYP created the Wonder Girls, SM Entertainment formed Super Junior).  Young kids/adolescents are recruited and continuously trained over the years in dance, vocals, and languages, so by the time they debut, they’re still young and hip and money-making machines.  Think of it as Korea’s recipe for success, on the American scale:  take the glam and talents from American Idol, add a dab of Lou Pearlman’s eye from “Making the Band,” and finish off with a big push from the typical stage mom.

These Korean popstars never fail to amaze me with their multi-lingual tongues, upbeat music, slick and stylish looks, and dazzling dance moves.  Because they can sing in Korean, Japanese, Mandarin, and English they attract a diverse audience.  When was the last time you heard an American Idol hopeful sing Jacky Cheung’s classic “Kiss Goodbye” or Lady Gaga belt out Andrea Boccelli’s “Con Partiro”?  That’s what I would call talent and passion for music.

This is SNSD 少女時代 (Girl’s Generation) singing “Oh!”… It’s a bit cutesy and girly, but it’s catchy.

This is DBSK/TVXQ… singing, rather passionately, the song “Love On Ice.”

Now, this is DBSK making all the right moves in all the right ways in their famous “Mirotic 주문.”  They really put their whole body and energy into every move. 

This is a live version.  Since I do not have time to go to Korea to see them in concert, Youtube gives me the same pleasure right from home. OMG, the DBSK guys dance and maneuver around so well, they are practically breathless.  They’ve left me melting. 

And finally, Super Junior 슈퍼주니어!!!  They are HUGE in East Asia.  This is their famous song “Sorry Sorry,” so next time you apologize to someone, think of Super Junior.  The choreography is synced so well.  They remind me of those migratory birds that fly in perfect triangles.  You would think having 13 hot dudes on stage is mayhem, but no no, it’s quite the spectacle.  Super Junior makes dancing in professional suits look so slick; who knew that dancing in professional suits could be executed so well?  And the vocals! Each member’s voice is unique, but the vocals are choreographed with the music and dance moves.  Hot!

This is Super Junior’s latest release, “Bonamana.” They got makeovers and a new style.  I’m not so hot on the voice enhancements and the music overshadowing their sexy voices, but I love them regardless.  Here, I’m hooked to the “speed skater” move and the chorus’ tribal tune signaling an Amazon jungle adventure.  Note the jumps, bounces, and lean-backs… they look fun.  Enjoy!  

To conclude, ❤ Asian music >>>>>>> American music any day.  Just my 2 cents.