Here we are. It’s almost over, 2012. Around this time, it’s usually pretty easy to pinpoint my favorites and my dislikes, especially in the area of music. Drama soundtracks aren’t hard to decipher and I’m prone to gravitate toward sageuks. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen enough of those this year to render an opinion. But, like every drama lover, there are some tracks that I’ve loved this year, hated, and should have disliked on principle but couldn’t get out of my head.
Everyone loves a good OST, for it gives you the chance to collect songs without commitment and well, I like anything that gets me out of the “c” word. And the great thing about an OST is that it doesn’t have to reflect the greatness or success of a drama, it can gladly become a separate entity, evoking a type of freedom from it’s origin or source. Music was my first love but as time passes my interest in anything new dwindles, which stems from a professional criticism and strict interpretation of what makes the art “good.” At best, drama OSTs are cheesy, manufactured, overused and high-volumed, knife-point produced pieces but that doesn’t stop me from timing the next insertion or patiently waiting through the previews to trill along to the opening theme song or negate the talent the shines through each bar or riff.
So, since I’m a big procrastinator and music is the best way to ease myself into drama review mode, I thought I’d share.
One could say that music in dramas adds to ambiance or sets the tone but I would say that is only true in the best of productions. Outstanding shows have music directors and writers that bleed the soundtrack into each scene, so subtly that it isn’t until a random moment in your driveway or on the bus or in the grocery store you find yourself humming or singing lyrics. This rarely happens. Today, original soundtracks and/or “background” music is more like an additional character in the drama. It’s the omniscient seer that addresses the theme or mood of a scene, episode, or series. It’s the conscience of a character; the psyche too timid to be expressed or the kid in the theater that narrates each move and thought on the screen.
Soundtracks do all these things, but usually not very well or excessively. However, now that almost all of the dramas I cared about are over, I can’t remember one song I liked, that I wouldn’t play again and croon to or slightly miss now that my show has ended. So I picked songs that I tapped my foot to, giggle at each time I hear it, like for the harmonica or cellos, vocals or piano, the lyrics, or just out of loyalty to an artist. Hope you can find a reason just a mundane and trivial to like a few of these too. Enjoy!
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ストロベリーナイト(4StrGtMix) Various Artists [Strawberry Night]
ナミダノ痕 Various Artists [Strawberry Night]
*This OST is absolutely magical. And absolutely wonderful for a crime procedural, therefore, it was devastatingly hard to choose one or two tracks, without getting greedy, for they really aren’t enough to savor what this album has to offer. Please take the time to pick up the entire thing here.
아플까 동우 (Dong Woo)- [Wild Romance]
Bravo Leeteuk (Super Junior)& Key (SHINee) [History of a Salaryman]
Face Down Arashi [Kagi no Kakatta Heya] *this is also the title track on Arashi’s album by the same name. If you want the full album, message me.
지금 만나러 갑니다 (I’m Coming to See You) Deok Hwan (덕환) [Queen In-Hyun’s Man]
Up Various Artisits [Rich-man, Poor-woman]
Rock4you Various Artists [Rich-man, Poor-woman]
Rich-man Various Artists [Rich-man, Poor-woman]
Carry On Ali [Faith]
I Am Woodalchi (string version) – 오준성 [Faith]
사랑은 그대다 (You Are Love) K.Will [Arang and The Magistrate]
탈춤Mask Dance MC Sniper – [Arang and the Magistrate] *instrumental counterpart is just as good and probably better but I can’t pass up a Sniper track.
나야 (It’s Me) 써니 & 루나 [Beautiful You]
온유(In Your Eyes) Onew (SHINee) [Beautiful You]
일어나 (Stand Up ) J-Min [Beautiful You]
Yen-j嚴爵【打噴嚏】CD version [Miss Rose]
Call Me Maybe Carly Rae Jepsen [Vampire Prosecutor 2] * And you ask, is this on the OST? Probably not, but like Byul’s Cute in P&H, I began to identify this song, with this drama cause they played it so much, for no reason at all. From now on they are both stamped as OST. ‘Nuf sed.
Danger MC Sniper feat. Kim Neo&Kim Seo-hyun [Vampire Prosecutor 2]
귀여워 Cute (With 권정열 of 10cm) Byul [Panda and Hedgehog]
착한 여자(Nice Girl) Lee Su-young [Nice Guy] watch here
좋은 사람입니다 (No One is Better Than You) Jo Eun [Nice Guy]
그리운 사람 (The Person I Miss) Gilme [Oohlala Couple]
가슴에 새겨져 (Engraved in Your Heart) Lee Hyun (8Eight) [King of Dramas]