(Nodame and Chiaki in the anime “Nodame Cantabile”)
This blog series was inspired by a conversation with thejawavillager. We were talking about music and I decided to share a link to a piece that I love. I thought at that moment, “Wow. The music I love is in the media that many people love. Now I can share classical music with others in a way that they can understand and appreciate.”
Each entry will focus on one piece or song that is in a popular source such as film, drama, commercial or even in pop music. Much of it will focus on music in K-drama because, well, Raine loves K-drama (and talking about herself in the third person). I will give you some background on the music and composer in digestible bites and give you links to enjoy.
(Song Ok-sook and Kim Myung-min from Beethoven Virus)
I’m stoked about this series because I get to research music, write about it, listen to it, share it and get feedback from non-musicians. It is my world and I want to bring you into it. I want you to understand that its not all stuffy snobs and boring music. I admit, some of it puts me to sleep and I refuse to listen to it, even when I had to play it as a part of a class back in college and graduate school.
If there are classical pieces or songs you hear in a drama or film that you would like to learn about, let me know. Anyway, chances are that I’ll be learning something, too. I’m a chronic student and it’s a happy thing.
P.S. A piece has no lyrics/libretto and a song has lyrics/libretto. I hate when people use the word “song” for everything. It’s a pet peeve of mine, and I suppose that puts me into the “snobby musician” category. I liken it to people who cannot stand sentences ending in prepositions or incorrect comma usage. Indulge me.
And now for something completely different…
From the 2011 K-drama Heartstrings starring Jung Yong-hwa and Park Shin-hye:
“You’ve Fallen for Me” – Jung Yong-hwa (C.N.BLUE)
(I’ve included this in the Ranting about Life half of Raine‘s Dichotomy because by definition it is a rant: to speak or declaim extravagantly or violently; talk in a wild or vehement way. I am extravagantly in love with music and will always speak of it vehemently.)