music mondays: 10.7.19

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‘tis the beginning of the month of insanity, and it’s already hitting hard. Here’s some of the music I’ve been liking, there will be plenty more considering it’s only the first week of October .

-Jackson Wang’s ‘Bullet to the Heart’ is soooo good. Like, repeat multiple times a day good. The song is really great, but the mv really adds a whole other level to it.

-I’ve been slowly going through Ken Kamikita’s older music and videos and stumbled upon his cover of Radwimp’s ‘Nandemonaiya’. He does some great covers, I really love his voice.

-It’s really no surprise that AKMU’s newest comeback was perfect. ’How Can I Love the Heartbreak…’ is beautiful. The whole album is definitely worth a listen. But we all expected this from AKMU.

-Been really into Miyuna’s ‘缶ビール’ this past week.

-Men Envy Children came out with a new mv for ‘Schrodinger’s Cat’. Their music is always so much fun, I really haven’t found a Men Envy Children song I haven’t liked.

-I still love all things Dreamcatcher and won’t stop promoting. My favorite reactors, Classical Musicians React (React to the K), reacted to ‘Deja Vu’ and ‘Silent Night’. It’s worth a watch if you are into music, because they point out a lot of the stylistic music elements that are present in the songs.

-Watch as DAY6 tries to guess the lyrics on some songs…but really it’s just Jae answering them.

-TK from Ling tosite Sigure came out with ‘Melt’ featuring suis from Yorushika. I’ve always liked TK (and Ling tosite Sigure) and you should all know how I feel about Yorushika, so there really was no surprise when I saw this collab that it wouldn’t be good.

-Dami is amazing and perfect and now the first of the girl’s to put out a solo that isn’t just a cover AND it’s written by her. Go listen to it’s beauty on repeat, please.

-Who doesn’t want to watch more Monsta X and Oli content?

-Super Junior hasn’t even officially comeback yet and they are gracing us with mvs like this one? Stop it.

books. dramas. wine.

One thing that may not be known about me is that I’ve had a Youtube channel for a very long time. It has gone through it’s ups and downs of times of activity. My channel started as a weight loss channel, and even though I added some other things along the way (vlogs, and a few attempts at different content that never stuck), I just couldn’t get back into it like when I first started it. For the past two years, I’ve done little to nothing on the channel. I just stopped making things.

I focused more on the wkd twitter account, sometimes this blog, and then the majority of the rest of my free time went to the podcast. Inherently, it takes a lot of time to keep up with the podcast. We have shows we watch for specific episodes, and top that with the other shows I watch along with editing episodes, a lot of my time has gone to that. I’ve stopped doing some of the things I love in favor of it. Which was fine, for a while, but I’ve been wanting to find a way to do the podcast but also work on my creative things. I wanted to make videos again, I just didn’t know how. Weight loss videos were not my thing anymore. They didn’t help me creatively, and were slightly negative to my mental health. But there was this nostalgia attached to the channel only being about that for as long as it has been that was preventing me from moving on.

Until after one random chat with the Noonas where we were discussing Pride and Prejudice, it clicked. Along with not doing videos, I’ve also stopped reading as much as I used to. Reading has always been a love of mine, but it is always the first thing that I will give up in favor of other interests. Throughout the years I’ve wanted to get back into finding myself lost in a good book and being able to incorporate times of reading even while doing other things. So I suggested a book club. It was something that I wanted to do, but knew that the other ladies were already into reading I thought suggesting it would be good. I get to read more, and it can be combined with the podcast, it seemed like the perfect way to mesh what I wanted to do together.

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And then, as most random plans do (and our moment of collective motivation to do everything), I was thinking about fun things that this book club meant I mentioned a fun bookish video idea. In reality I’ve been wanting to incorporate book videos into my channel for a while, but it just felt weird if they weren’t on topic or it being the sole purpose of the channel. I watch a lot of booktube, and I’ve always thought how much it is similar to the drama watching community. We all have dramas to be watched, books to read. We all have our favorite genre, we jump at giving recommendations to anyone and anything. That’s when it kind of clicked.

So, here I am officially introducing my new channel direction where I combine my love of dramas, the want to make the time for books, and the need to work on videos again. It feels nice to have finally found something that I’m excited for. It just seems like I’ve been throwing ideas at a wall for such a long time, and having none of it stick, and then this happened so naturally and seems like so much fun. I had a good time with my old videos (10 years!), but it’s time to do something different.

So, if you are like me and really love Asian dramas and also books follow along here. Here’s to new and fun projects!