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

[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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