Tiny Galaxies

Are you aware of your cheeks? I’m not asking if you have cheeks. I’m not asking if you know you have cheeks. What I’m wondering is: are you consciously aware that you have cheeks? Does that factor into how you speak? Dress? Behave? For most of us, I’d guess no. Which is funny, because cheeks are one of those face parts we notice the fastest. Little things tend to add up, don’t they? Yet we tend to take them for granted. Where is our joy … Read more Tiny Galaxies

On/Off – Does Idol Culture Dehumanize KPOP Stars?

Idol culture is KPOP culture. It’s funny how societal trends are reflected in music culture. America’s individualistic nature is reflected in the sheer amount of solo artists we have in comparison to our groups. On the flip side, idol groups are hugely popular in Asian nations, where the power of community and family is strong. Groups offer more security than trying to make it solo, and the security of working under a company gives many artists needed experience in the industry. Yet, the pedestal of … Read more On/Off – Does Idol Culture Dehumanize KPOP Stars?

Doin’ Good

Expectaitons are made to be broken. Hopeful dreams fly high, only to be stripped of their wings. Stained by dark thoughts, laid waste by cutting remarks. Imprisoned by our thoughts, cell doors locked with keys hidden in bloodstained hands. Gazing into a mirror darkly, each anxious breath a ripple that shifts the image ever so slightly. Heavy is the head wearing the mask, clutching strips of truth, anxiously swallowing hollow words. “Hello. How are you?” “I’m doing good.”

She

Confession time: I’m not emo. Or at least, I’m not as emo as you might think. Looking back, most of my posts here on KPOP Fridays have been based on sad songs. I don’t see that as a bad thing, but I do want to clarify: that’s not the only emotion I enjoy in songs. There’s a lot that can be learned from sadness, but happiness and joy hold their own unique lessons too. So, let’s try talking about her, why don’t we?

A Heize of Sorrow

Good connections are hard to come by. Wifi, people, it’s not easy finding the right spot, is it? Sometimes it’s up, sometimes it’s down. Most of the time it works, but it can be a bit slow. What makes or breaks a connection is how it affects you, and the way you live. Maybe it helps you work better? Sometimes it shines when you need to relax. Most of all, a connection is remembered for the way it makes you feel when you experience it.

Sweet Lies

Are people cheese? I mean, think about it: cheese comes in different colors, just like people. Cheese comes in different sizes, just like people. Cheese even changes shape and color over time, just like people do! Well, that analogy might not be quite scientifically correct (cheese doesn’t sweat, after all), yet you can see how it might be used to convince some poor unassuming soul that people are indeed the same as cheese. As weird as that sounds, communication with other people tends to be … Read more Sweet Lies

Rest and Eat

Sleep is pretty awesome, isn’t it? As a freshman in college, even in my first week I’m starting to see how important it is to have a nice balance of work and rest. Too much or too little of either one is like adding too much or too little sugar to a cake: it’ll work, but it won’t come out as well as you’d like it. It can be hard to find that balance, especially when you’re juggling the responsibilities of work or school with … Read more Rest and Eat

My Story

Today I wanted to try something different on the Asian Music Friday (I seriously need to come up with a good name for that) feature here on Unsheathed. Analysis is fun, band introductions have their place, but I wanted to speak more directly to you all and share my personal journey into KPOP. How I got into the sphere of Asian music, and how I changed as an individual because of it. It’s a period of my life that I simultaneously love and yet kind … Read more My Story

Expectation vs Reality?

Celebrities. The rich and famous. As much as I stay away from them, citing the age-old “They’re all dumb and shallow!” argument, I have to admit that even I have a few celebs that I enjoy following every now and again. It’s not my fault that Robert Downey Jr. is a perfect Iron Man, okay? The celebs that I find myself the most interested in, however, are often in the Korean music scene. Loving the music of my favorite groups inevitably led me to picking … Read more Expectation vs Reality?