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CN Blue's Yong-hwa hits Bangkok

After leaving military service in December, Jung Yong-hwa the lead vocalist, guitarist, leader and songwriter of the Korean pop-rock band CN Blue set out on a solo tour and Thailand was one of his destinations. 

On January 25 at ThunderDome, Yong-hwa sang 23 songs during his three-hour show — 2020 Jung Yong-hwa Live ‘Still 622’ in Bangkok. The number “622” from the concert name refers to his birthday (June 22) and the long set list showed his 10-year journey in the music business. The songs were a combination of his two solo albums — One Fine Day (2015) and Do Disturb (2017) —  "For First Time Lover” from his reality show We Got Married, “You’ve Fallen for Me” from his TV drama Heartstring and many songs from his band, CN Blue. 

SMOOTH MOVES

The 30-year-old singer demonstrated fantastic showmanship. His singing ability was outstanding. He could project his voice differently on a variety of songs. 

During the opening set, Yong-hwa, in a leopard print shirt, played piano while singing “Can’t Stop.” He asked his fans to sing along and continued with another upbeat song, “Energy.” He had endless energy to encourage the fans to engage with him.      

Yong-hwa started his music career as a musician. He had a hard time learning to dance, but that was 10 years ago. Now the singer is stronger and can dance smoothly, especially during the dance songs, “Summer Dream” and “Password,” when his movements were natural with the same pace as his dancers. 

GOOD OLD DAYS

There were many moments in the concert that reminded the singer and the audiences of old memories. The lyrics of the song “30 Years Old,” which Yong-hwa wrote when he was 27, are about wanting to keep meaningful and warm memories. Then he sang two sweet hit songs, "For First Time Lover” and “You’ve Fallen for Me,” to which the fans screamed with joy and sang along loudly. 

When he performed with CN Blue, many songs were intense and loud, but at his solo show some songs were rearranged with a string band (violins, violas and cellos). The rearrangements were fine, but as a listener who knew original songs, I missed the simple and raw beats as well as the storming drums of CN Blue.     

HAPPY FANS

Yong-hwa made the fans happy by saying he liked to have a show in Thailand because Thai fans have great responses to his performance. The singer said that 10 years ago the fans cheered him very loudly and 10 years later, everyone still keeps on cheering. He wished the fans would get energy from his concert and hoped they would be with him forever. 

The concert ended with “Young Forever.” The lyrics said the singer wished to stay young, but no one could go back in time. Yong-hwa isn’t young anymore, but he did well as a solo singer. 


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Vocabulary:

cheer : the sound that people make in a large crowd when they are happy about something -

combination (noun): the mixture you get when two or more things are combined - การรวมกัน

intense : done with a lot of effort, energy, attention, etc. - เข้มข้น

joy : a feeling of great happiness - ความสุขสันต์,ความสุขสำราญ

memory (noun): something that you remember from the past; the ability to remember information, experiences and people - ความจำ

military service : when a person works in the military for a period of time -

natural : normal; as you would expect - ตามธรรมชาติ, เหมือนจริง

outstanding : clearly very much better than what is usual - ยอดเยี่ยม, ดีเด่น

pace : the speed at which something happens or is done - อัตรา

project (verb): to present somebody/something/yourself to other people in a particular way, especially one that gives a good impression -

rearrange : to put people or things in a different order or in different positions - จัดเตรียมใหม่

response : a reaction to something that has happened or been said - การตอบสนอง

showmanship (noun): skill in doing things in an entertaining way and getting a lot of attention - ความสามารถในการแสดง,ความเป็นนักแสดง

smoothly : happening or continuing without any problems - โดยไม่มีปัญหา

solo : done alone - กระทำเพียงคนเดียว, กระทำเพียงฝ่ายเดียว

upbeat : happy and positive because you are confident that you will get what you want - มีความหวัง

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