To Jonghyun

Jonghyun

(Jonghyun on the red carpet at KCON LA in 2016)

To a boy-to-man who I’ve watched for the past six years, this is my dedication to you.

As a musician, I resonate with your passion for music, for creation.

My sister and I grew closer together over your music.

I admire your vocal dexterity and ability to play with color.

I appreciate your appreciation for the softer dynamics of the volume spectrum.

I love your eloquence when speaking in interviews.

Listening to you as part of SHINee and as a solo act is  a joy.

Your inclusion of rich harmony was never unnoticed.

Lyrically, your writing was as inspired and as sensitive as you were.

On social media, you were outspoken and passionate about your causes: politics, mental health, LGBT issues.

Even in death you were achingly honest.

You were always enough. And it was okay that you made mistakes. It still is.

You did work hard. And you deserve to rest.

I promise to share your story and help others who are like you.

Thank you for being you.

수고했어요. 정말 고생했어요.

– Lisa

Soompi Feature: 8 Reasons That Perfectly Sum Up Why SHINee Is Amazing

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(Text is a sample from my work on Soompi.com and belongs to Soompi.)

SHINee is one of K-pop’s super groups; these five boys have been cruising on top for eight years. They have just finished a circuit of concerts in North America, including their very first U.S. fanmeet, and it is only right to share why these handsome fellas have kept Shawols’ loyalty and hearts.

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SHINee’s “Odd” – An Album Review

by: Raine

Not that I’m biased as a Shawl, but this is one fantastic collection of music. The focus of SHINee’s fourth studio album is their longevity and success as a frontrunner in K-pop. The album does just that. It showcases their maturity and how far they have come since their debut in 2008. Song choice reflects their greatly increased technical abilities and musical understanding. Tone quality of their voices and the cohesiveness of the harmonies reflect their obvious comfort with each other as a group and how they’ve learned to balance their musical aesthetic.

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Raine and Lil’ Raine React to Toheart’s “Delicious”

by: Raine

Raine: So Lil’ Raine and I have endeavored to make our faces and voices known to you via vlogging! I’m pretty awful with filming and editing and I’m hoping to get better. Constructive criticism is appreciated. Hating will be deleted. So there!

However, we did enjoy recording this and reacting to the video and OMG OUR BABIES!

Lil’ Raine: This wasn’t supposed to be published. Bitch.

Raine: Oops?

Lil’ Raine: Still a bitch.

Raine: You’re mean. Also, next time we should wear make-up. And film downstairs. With no horrid backlighting like in Bride of the Century.

Lil’ Raine: And use my HD webcam.

Raine: Agreed! Enjoy folks. We’ll introduce the kitties to you next time.

Lil’ Raine: Gotta be quick with Timmy.

Raine: He’s camera shy…

SHINee – an introduction to my review of live performances from 2008 to Now!

by: Raine

Shinee 08 to 13

  In case you didn’t know, I’m a SHINee fangirl. The biggest reason I’m a fangirl is because they have magic when they perform live that shows off their talents in singing, dancing and effervescing on stage and that they constantly and consistently improve over the years. So I’m going to review their live performances from 2008 to present to show you how awesomely they’ve changed from talented and raw, to talented and polished. Mind you, this is a review of LIVE performances, not recordings. They are fantastic in the studio. Continue reading