MINE: A Tale of Liberation and Self-Actualization (A Fan Interpretation)

**What follows is merely a fan’s interpretation of the music video. Please leave your thoughts in comment and discussions are absolutely welcomed!

When I first heard that Jaejoong is working on a solo mini album, I was beyond excited. Jaejoong, being my bias for forever and always, has so much potential; I’ve always been torn between wanting him to do more and not wanting him to overwork/burn himself out. As expected, this mini album, “I”, certainly matched my expectation if not went above and beyond. And the music video, oh the music video. I probably died many times over while looping it for hours on end. And here comes an uncontrolled and thus unbelievably lengthy interpretation post on the music video of ‘Mine’ as well as the song itself.

Let’s begin with my first impression.

Like most others, I thought ‘Mine’ was clearly directed at SM, and certainly the media and the public. Much of the lyrics (English translation of the lyrics from JYJ3) speak to what we perceived to have occurred between SM and Jaejoong’s road as a singer. At the same time, it is a statement towards the industry taking over artists’ lives and identities when packaging them for the market. I actually find ‘Mine’ to be interestingly similar to Junsu’s ‘Tarantallegra’. Not only are my initial impressions on their themes alike, the two music videos are comparable in their dark yet powerful aura. However, it was clear from the very beginning that there are so much more than just what was mentioned above in ‘Mine’ – the countless symbols of pain, death, rebirth, salvation and liberation all speak to the fact that Jaejoong is obviously trying to convey something much larger. Continue reading


Love What They Love, Dream What They Dream

**For information regarding Jaejoong’s rumors and this internal JYJ fanwar mainly between JFU and PFU, please refer to this site: http://hellothrice.tumblr.com/

This recent fanwar between JFU (Kim Jaejoong Fan Union) and PFU (Park Yoochun Fan Union) really drew a lot of sighs out of me. It saddened me deeply but also slapped me awake from this revolutionist fantasy that I had held for the JYJ fandom.

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[Info] Translations for Tarantallegra’s Fan Analysis

I want to begin by saying that all the comments and views are very humbling. Having readers tell me that they saw my post through comments on various sites really moved me, and are certainly not what I expected when first posting it. Several readers have commented or tweeted to request and/or offer translation into various languages, all of which I have ecstatically agreed to.

This is a post to honor all the translators and their translations, and I will update as soon as I get notified ^^

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Tarantallegra: What Music Would You Listen To? (A Fan Analysis)

**What follows is merely a fan’s perspective on the meanings behind the song and the music video. Discussions are welcomed! ^^

Tarantallegra: a magic spell that causes uncontrollable dance. (Cr. CjesJYJ Youtube)

Etymology: The Tarantella is a dance originating in Italy. It was believed to cure the effects of the bite of a Tarantula by causing the victim to sweat out the toxin. It wasn’t until centuries later that scientists determined the Black Widow was actually the venomous spider in question; people merely blamed the Tarantula because of its size.  Allegra may be derived from allegro, a musical tempo meaning “quick and lively”; or simply from the word “leg” as this is the only body part affected by the jinx. (Cr. Harry Potter Wiki)

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To All of You…

To all of you whom think you might be able to break us and those three boys we love,

You, whoever you may be, are wrong.

From difficult situations form stronger and more faithful bonds, from ill-intentioned environments grow warriors who will never give up and never back down. And you are forcing us, through all of your terrible acts, to be better supporters, firmer believers, and fiercer fighters.

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Idols’ Inherent Distances Due to Packaging

**Inspired by Are K-Pop Idols Stupid? by Patricia. Strongly suggested read. It’s well-written and a good source of thought food, enjoy!

So I recently went from a full-on Triple S to an insane Cassie going head over heels for JYJ and DBSK. I honestly went through a severe guilt phase, especially whenever I look at my SS501 collections in passing. How and why, I’ve wondered, was I able to make such quick transitions? Was I not as attached to SS501 as I imagined? Continue reading

S’about Time.

For the first time, I was asked to explain my view and position regarding JYJ and HoMin/DBSK2/TVXQ2. If you happen to read this, my lovely interviewer, please feel my gratitude since you forced me to finally look at this issue.

And when I read the question, my thought was “ahhh, finally there it is…it’s about time”. My thoughts started racing and I think I paused for a long time, at least long enough for her to notice my hesitation. Then as words like “it’s okay…be honest” popped over, I actually got nervous. The chill has officially turned into “sh*t, sh*t, sh*t, what am I going to say?!?!?”.

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In Honor and in Memory of

Before anything else, though I gave my condolences to Yoochun and his family in twitter, I think I need to honor the incident of his father’s passing, which is essentially the source of this post here again. My thoughts are with you always, Yoochun, but especially through this hardship. Please remain strong and carry through.

**Warning: some religious views may be involved, some rants contained, not trying to prove a point but just expressing my thoughts.

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