Wednesday, November 9, 2011

K-Pop Obsession - IU's The Story I Didn't Know

For this week, I've decided to go with a more mellow and emotional song/music video. It is solo artist IU's "The Story I Didn't Know." IU is a super talented singer/actress who debuted in 2008 at the tender age of 15. She can play the guitar, has worked with many artists/musicians in the industry, and has even composed some of her own songs. Not bad for an 18?

The song is about a young girl who is admitted into a mental ward after she loses her father. In the hospital she believes he visits her everyday, but in reality no one does. It's a very very sad song, but I've always been a sucker for clear, sweet voices paired with piano accompaniment. Right off the bat this music video caused a sort of scandal over the nature of IU and the "ghost-father" relationship. Many question if this father-daughter relationship is more of a Lolita one.

Opening Translation:
Doctor: Do you still have a lot of dreams these days? Perhaps you have anything that is uncomfortable?
IU: Well these days my body feels a bit strange. It's like it's not my own body... Doctor, isn't the weather strange today?
Doctor: By strange weather what do you mean?
IU: Hmm. Yes.. On these kind of days, I just feel like someone will come to look for me...

Ending Translation: Doctor: After a while you will return, right?
IU: He'll come. Everyone knows him as a father. But that person isn't a father.

Visual Concept: ♥♥♥♥/5 Video Concept: ♥♥/5 Singing Talent: ♥♥♥♥♥/5 Music/Sound: ♥♥♥♥/5 Dancing: N/A English Usage: N/A

Overall Rating: ♥♥♥♥/5

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