I have a confession to make. I never thought it would happen to me but it did. So, here it is…I love KPOP.
One night, I forced myself to listen to 2ne1’s song “Fire” on YouTube…and I absolutely loved it! After that, I listened to one more song until I ended up listening to songs of other Kpop artists like Bigbang, SNSD, CNBlue, EXO as well. I have joined the Dark Side!
I listened to more Kpop songs the next day. I especially loved 2ne1 despite their weird outfits. They’re so gilry and yet “badass” at the same time. Also, loath as I am to admit, I now totally get my friend’s huge love for Bigbang. I mean, gosh I never thought Asian guys could look hot like them. Eeeeek! (Please excuse my spazzing).
I guess my newfound Kpop addiction did not escape the attention of my parents. They’re so used to me jamming along with their Beatles music that my newfound love for Kpop just seems weird or out of character for them. It even came to a point where I had to explain all about it to my dad.
Dad: What’s that ching-chong music you’ve been listening to lately? (I swear he’s not being racist, it’s just how the song sounds to him, I guess).
Me: Dad, it’s not ching-chong music, it’s Kpop.
I was laughing while trying to explain Kpop to my dad. I won’t pretend that I know a lot about it since I’ve been listening to it only for a few days but my dad seemed to show interest while I was explaining things to him. I even had him listen to some of the songs. As someone who has spent a large part of his life listening to Beatles and rock music, it’s hard for my dad to easily warm up to Kpop. He and my mom made fun of most of the Kpop songs they listened to and were pretty obnoxious about it. They were like “What are they wearing?” or “Why do they look like that?” “Why do the men look so girly?” and so on (I could hear my pre-Kpop loving self in them).
I think it’s still a bit hard for my parents to love Kpop mainly because it’s not the kind of music they grew up with. Westerners usually have to go through a big wall before they can genuinely enjoy Kpop music. My parents may not like Kpop, for now, the same way I do, but I’m glad they support my Kpop addiction. Haha! Dad said “I can handle your Kpop addiction, at least you’re not hooked on drugs” Thanks for the support, dad! Haha!
I’m quite choosy with the kind of music I listen to. I mostly prefer old songs, like those from the Beatles era. But that doesn’t mean I don‘t listen to modern songs too. As I said, I’m really just picky when it comes to music. However, listening to Kpop music surprised me. For someone who has passionately criticized Kpop, I never thought I’d enjoy it as much as I do now. I guess I have to thank my friend for this? Haha.
I hope more people can enjoy Kpop. I hope even those who hate it take time to listen to it. They’ll see that it’s not at all “crappy music”. Also, there are a lot of good looking kpop singers too look out for and even obsess on. So, it’s not entirely a bad thing, right?
If you’re already a Kpop fan, what Kpop groups do you listen to? What were your first thoughts on Kpop music as well?