Posted by: sharingyoochun | May 31, 2010

[Trans] 100531 Musician’s Choice – U-Know Yunho

Musician’s Choice
Famous musicians introduce songs that brought them to where they are now, and songs that they love based on various themes. You may also find out where these musicians are these days.

10.05.31

TVXQ’s U-Know Yunho, who can be anything from an actor to a model
Music to listen to on a rainy day

Leader of TVXQ, who heated up Asia
Let’s meet U-Know Yunho’s recommended songs.

U-Know Yunho’s ‘Music to listen to on a rainy day’

When I went to visit TVXQ’s leader U-Know Yunho on the 24th, it was drizzling as I made my way to my destination. It was weather that seemed to match the ‘Musician’s Choice’ theme he had chosen for the week which was “Music to listen to on a rainy day”. He, who had been waiting in front of the SM Entertainment office, happily welcomed this writer. Wearing casual clothes, he smiled brightly and said, “I feel good because it’s raining outside.”

“Rainy days are times for me to reflect on myself. Other friends usually go drinking on days like this, but I drive my car to an arboretum or I choose some good music to listen to.”

When asked about his recent activities, he brought up his photoshoot first. “I went to Hong Kong for a photoshoot, and it was nice to have a personal interview as I was partaking in the photoshoot. I’ve always been showing people the bright side of myself, but I never really had the chance to talk about personal things.” We were curious of his next solo venture. U-Know Yunho said, “I don’t want to let go of the music life that I’ve had for the past 5, 6 years and I’ve also been considering upgrading my acting skills.” He also said, “What I want to say the most is that I want to challenge the limits I’ve set on myself from more than one side.”

It was a surprise yet understandable to see U-Know Yunho, who admired Michael Jackson, create a music list that consisted of songs with sad or solitary melodies rather than dance-orientated songs. Also, seeing such a list gave us a feel of his extensive musical taste from Rock to New Age.

“I usually listen to music while I’m on the move. I don’t discriminate between genres; if I like the feel of a song, I’ll get it and put it in my playlist right away. At times when I feel like I’m going to explode, I sometimes listen to heavy metal music, and when my body’s exhausted, I listen to calm instrumentals. However, it can be said that the music I’m introducing today conveys what I’m feeling these days.”

U-Know Yunho’s dream is to be the founder of a welfare center. Influenced by his father who enjoys helping those in need, he is actively seeking out voluntary service activities he can do to help the poor and needy. He usually makes people feel flustered with his clipped tone and short yet strong accent which he may have inherited from being the group’s leader since his debut, but he slowly yet surely opened up in this interview with a softer tone and deep breaths. His words “I’ve matured as much as I’ve been hurt,” seemed to approach the writer more sincerely than ever.

Kim Pyung (Writer specializing in popular music)

U-Know Yunho’s First Album Choice: Chris Spheeris’ [Best of Chris Spheeris: 1990-2000]

“Two years ago, there was a time when I listened to all the CDs our fans sent us. This was one of the albums in that pile of CDs and I was immediately hooked. Although there are a lot of instruments involved, there is a sound that isn’t lost, and it’s the sound of nature. That sound seemed to just grab my heart. There wasn’t a distinct melody, but shall I say that the tune was able to express everything that it needed to? From then on, I searched for this artiste online and listened to his songs whenever it rained. The guitar part is the prettiest in this album. Most guitar parts from other sources rely on strength or technique, but the guitar in this album isn’t overused and you can tell that the singer tried to keep the sound as close to the sound of nature as possible. I felt like the guitar part represented his heart and his feelings. It has a calm yet mysterious feeling to it.”

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U-Know Yunho’s Second Album Choice: Kevin Kern’s [Summer Daydreams]

“One of the songs called ‘Return to Love’ is a very famous song that is used in dramas and CFs, and all the songs included in this album calm your heart. I think I listen to this song the most when I feel depressed. It cleanses your heart, but it also has a sad and sorrowful feel to it. I first found out about the song in the drama [Autumn in my Heart]. After that, I listened to it a ridiculous number of times. I found myself hearing it a lot even when I hadn’t turned it on myself. I heard it on the streets, I heard it at home, I heard it in the cafes… It’s a song that I’ve heard so much that it’s left a great impact in my life. Sometimes, I think that I’d like to try this kind of music one day. Like taking this music and formatting it by adding narration to it or commentary through DJ-ing?”

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U-Know Yunho’s Third Album Choice: Kim Hyun Shik’s [3rd Album]

“I first found out about Kim Hyun Shik’s music through the voices of Kim Bum Soo and Yu Jae Ha. I liked the songs so much that I practiced them a lot for a while. I thought that I needed to be familiar with the original to do so, so that was when I found the artiste Kim Hyun Shik. The song that first caught my eye was ‘Eclipsed Road’. I’ve said before that I like singers like Michael Bolton or Lim Jae Bum, and Kim Hyun Shik’s voice was just what I wanted. It wasn’t pure and clear, and the charm that came from his thick and burning voice struck a chord in my heart. I usually listen to this album on a rainy day right before I sleep. You can find its true charm if you listen to it then.”

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U-Know Yunho’s Fourth Album Choice: X-JAPAN’s [Star Box]

“They are one of my favorite artistes. In 9th or 10th grade, I had a cousin who played the bass guitar, and she was a fan of this group. I began to like rock music because of her. But these artistes’ music didn’t feel like rock. More so in ‘Endless Rain’. This song really captures that feeling of singing with a heart full of longing, and I think that, that is the true charm of X-JAPAN. I like their songs because they both appeal and don’t appeal to the masses. I want to follow their example of being a genius, yet striving to always be one step ahead of trends. I think this song’s mixture of Eastern and Western influences contain all the charms that the band holds.”

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U-Know Yunho’s Fifth Album Choice: Az Yet’s [Az Yet]

“Sometimes, I like to go jogging when it rains, and I listen to this album a lot when I do. It might be because I’m the bass part in our team, but I find myself paying a lot of attention to that part. Their style is a little different from BoyzIIMen, but the bass part is so amazing that it feels like they’re playing with their musical ranges. The part doesn’t lose its focus, but it leads the other parts like the melody. This music is great for when I go jogging or when I’m enjoying a glass of wine. The music itself doesn’t feel very sophisticated, that may be exactly why I’m attracted to it. I think people will like this music if they like harmonies. I also feel that men will enjoy this music more than women.”

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“I’m going to keep the promise I made with myself and then I’ll cry my eyes out.”

The subject was changed to Michael Jackson. U-Know Yunho recently got on stage for the pop star’s domestic tribute concert. There is a famous story circulating that the American staff, who had looked down upon U-Know Yunho as an artiste famous only in Asia, changed their attitudes after they watched him perform. U-Know Yunho said, “I want to be an artiste like Michael Jackson who shines regardless of time,” and “I hope to be viewed as someone who keeps maturing and growing as a person and as a singer who is not fazed by the rumors floating around.”

“I think that I’ve pretended to be bright a lot as the team’s leader till now. But I’m someone who feels lonely very easily, so I constantly have to discipline myself to pay attention and come to my senses. Music has always cleansed my loneliness and sorrow. People say that I’m so strong-hearted that I never cry, but I’m only restraining myself to keep the promise I made with myself. When I get to the top, I want to cry my eyes out just once.” It may have been that his heart was already crying though his ‘leader’ position stops him from outwardly doing so.

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source: [Naver Music]
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Responses

  1. i think i will download all these song…so i can listen songs that yunho oppa listed kekkekeeke~

  2. why do i feel so sad after reading this..
    arhh oppa, stay strong please.

    i love that song in autumn in my heart too^^

  3. T_T…Fighting Yunnie~~

  4. he sounds.. very reflective, calm, determine, matured.. even mournful, to be honest.. i dunno..
    >__< love u lots, Yunnie..

    AKTF always~

    • ‘U-Know Yunho said, “I don’t want to let go of the music life that I’ve had for the past 5, 6 years-‘

      THIS!

      • he is lonely now
        I’m really feeling loneliness of him
        ‘U-Know Yunho said, “I don’t want to let go of the music life that I’ve had for the past 5, 6 years-’
        maybe this is hint that TVXQ will disband
        I’m very sad

      • “I don’t want to let go of the music life that I’ve had for the past 5, 6 years”… I read it as i dont want to let go of TVXQ ;)

        I want to hug Yunnie now..

        @lovely i dont think it’s a hint that TVXQ going to disband

    • @lovely, I feel like he’s trying to hint us that he wants tvxq to continue. Look at the bright side Hun :)

  5. “I don’t
    want to let go
    of the music
    life that I ’ve
    had for the
    past 5, 6 years”
    Is he giving a hint? I feel like he’ll do somethin..
    But I’m sad when I read it..
    Leadershii~

  6. He seems so sad and lonely. :( I just want to hold his hand and tell him everything will be okay. Normally I want to like, do him lol, but not this time, I just want to hold his hand. :)

    • “Normally I want to like, do him” – lolol!!

  7. oppa, i love u because of the way u are, it’s not because u are leader of DBSK.
    i love u when u dance, sing, smile, anything from u…
    i don’t want you mature because of being hurted.
    i hope i could be beside u when ur lonely and a man also can cry.

  8. “I think that I’ve pretended to be bright a lot as the team’s leader till now. But I’m someone who feels lonely very easily, so I constantly have to discipline myself to pay attention and come to my senses. …People say that I’m so strong-hearted that I never cry, but I’m only restraining myself to keep the promise I made with myself. When I get to the top, I want to cry my eyes out just once.”

    You can even cry now, Yunnie. Its ok.

  9. I haven’t been reading much of their interviews lately…I feel like they went back to the generic, safe answers as they had done in their early years and during their first oversea interviews.

    …but I really liked this interview, his words flowed as I read…felt more like a casual conversation…

    It truly has been a long time since Yunho was able to let his leadership position rest and talk personally.
    (If he does try acting again, I really hope the screen writers do a better job with the dialogues…)

    • “I haven’t been reading much of their interviews lately…I feel like they went back to the generic, safe answers as they had done in their early years and during their first oversea interviews.”

      Totally agree with you. It’s so rare to see him so open like in this interview, and I like him evading all the typicals answers and talking from the bottom of his heart. Here you can see for the first time how lonely he is right now. I just hope that everything end up well (whatever it would be), and he stop feeling so lonely.

      I really understand and admire this man.

      Thank you, SYC admin for share this and jeeelim for translate this for us.

  10. People say that I’m so strong-hearted that I never cry, but I’m only restraining myself to keep the promise I made with myself.

    ooh~

    my Yunho is very sensitive…cry a bucket of tears on stage when u r reunited with other members….

  11. “I’m going to keep the promise I made with myself and then I’ll cry my eyes out.”

    that line almost made me cry. yunho, stay strong and happy ok :)

  12. i really wanna rub his hand and tell him that i do believe in you Yunho…

    I do feel his loneliness…but yes i do feel his power at the same time…
    Cause this man is Uknow Yunho…
    I have no doubt in him
    I love him…^~^

    • i’m sure there are hands rubbing it ryte now….aktf…hohohoho..^^

  13. “I’ve matured as much as I’ve been hurt,”

    You can almost feel all the pain he has gone through, and he’s so open in this interview.

    I don’t know what the future has in store for Yunho, I just want him to be happy. He has faked too many smiles for us over the years, I want the rest of his smiles to be true.

    • agre… its really painful reading how vunerable he is during the interview. makes me wanna cry.

  14. you not alone leadersshi….if u want to cry just let it go we would cry with you, after that we can wipe our tears together and laugh together ^________^

    Be strong babe we love you…

  15. He’s matured. I like this interview, it feels genuine. And I like micheal Bolten too U-KNOW~

  16. I hope the Cassi who sent him Chris Spheeris’ CD can read this post.

    You done a GREAT job, lady ^ ^

    Thanks for soothing Yunnie in many moments.

  17. wow he actually has pretty eclectic taste :). I like all of his choices and Chis Spheeris music is beautiful

    I like AzYet and Im a female >>;; lol

  18. I am crying while reading this, please stay strong and be happy Yunho, we will always by your side.

  19. Reading this was truly a fresh breath of air. The one reservation I’ve always held about Yunho is that he’s always been so uptight, that he takes his leadership position in DBSK way too seriously and it leads him to being this stiff character who comes across as someone who tries too hard. I’m happy for him that he now has the time to finally relax and do what he wants to do without the pressure of playing appa to four other people, or hold up an image that has the potential of being too burdensome for one person to bear.

    Cheer up, Yunnie!

    • IA

    • some people are born like that.
      it’s not just an act they put on show for their image’s sake, if that’s what you’re implying.

    • IAWY. when i read his interviews in the past, most of the times i was like,”errr…. okay….”
      this one is definitely more genuine~

    • i think he just need to play appa for 3. the other one is his hubby
      peace :)

      • lol!

        hubby or wifey?

      • @kecikjer
        hehe, i like to use “hubby” for both of them.
        no one is wifey. keke

  20. I love how strong, mature and open-hearted he is. Just cry if you want to leader-ssi!!!

    I like Michael Bolton too!!! ^^

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    • can you not spam this place plz

  22. His choice of music is pretty diverse I never knew. But is AZyet still around making music?
    Cool he listens to music his fans recommended to him. I want to send some CDs to him too

  23. The last part is so sad. T_____T Poor Yunnie, he must feel really lonely these days. *huggle him*

    Yunho may have the bad boy imagine but he’s a totally warm and romantic guy with a great taste in music. The part about him wanting to be a founder of a welfare center just warms my heart. I’ll will support him w/ everything I got when he opens the center. <3333

    • BTW, music by Az Yet especially catches my attention. Yunho is right, the bass part is amazing and stands out a lot. The group sings a lot of romantic songs that men can play for their girlfriends. XD

      • IA!

        love AZ yet ><

    • yunho ? bad boy image ? …..

      sorry, that part just caught me =P

      • the expressions when he dances and his model&manly body. Everyone I know first saw him think he has the bad boy aura (including me). But wrong we are XD

  24. Give Yunnie a big hug. Please be happy, also you are not alone, you got all of us here to stand by you all the way.

    Reading this, it make me think that the must be miss singing so much. Its been so long since our last hearing his voice, I miss his stage presence a lot.

  25. “I don’t want to let go of the music life that I’ve had for the past 5, 6 years-”
    hope he mean it

  26. i feel heart broken at how wore down n vulnerable he sounds. its almost like resignation. ooh yunnie ah. i want to embrace him and just let him cry on my shoulder. our strong leadershii is always taking on the world giving his best and all. saving people caring for other but at the end of the day our perfect gentleman is lonely….

    this interview makes me teary. i can detect quite abit of hints through his speech. there is so much to yunnie then his leadership position. yunho as a dbsk member yunho as an artiste but yunho as a man is what he really is.

  27. I can’t stop my tears… I can’t believe that he finally opened up to us… Leader~ssi… We’re still here. PLEASE KNOW THAT. We’ll never, ever leave you… So, please, hang in there… And always remember that WE LOVE YOU AND WE’LL ALWAYS BELIEVE IN YOU NO MATTER WHAT. *HUGSYOUTIGHT*

  28. I don’t want to let go of the music life that I’ve had for the past 5, 6 years-”

    omo dbsk
    yes keep the faith
    i don’t want him to let go too

  29. he is really hurt and so do other members!!
    it makes me sad…
    If the leader could be hurt so deep like this, how about the others??

    so let’s stop adding more pain to them by fighting over small things and dividing into JCS and homin team..!!

    let’s stick together cause we are their strength so they can go home as soon as possible!!

    Always keep the faith!!

  30. This adorable yet stubborn man never shows his feelings and when he does just that, we can see that there is something beautiful inside his head.

    Like people say, he is hurt, angry, sad and lonely, but at the same time I think that he is still trying. And waiting, waiting for the best.

    • YH, CM, and JS are so stubborn, they never show their feelings >___<
      i didn't mean this in a bad way btw

      • I sorta understand what you mean :)
        Sometimes I think that too..maybe they just don’t express their inner-self much…Or am I wrong?

    • I agree..

      t think this is among the few times that he actually says what he feels. Admitting that he’s hurt and lonely. Yunho doesn’t do that often. It’s sad, but it also shows he’s human. I hope he’s still holding on. I want that to see that cheerful leader again…

  31. yunho…..+_________________+

  32. “I’ve matured as much as I’ve been hurt,”

    i dont know how much you been hurt or how long it is
    but, i hope one day all the bad things happen to you will turn to be nice thing in the future….

    p/s=thanx yunnie for being hurt for the sake of our happiness

  33. Love this interview, give its personal feeling abt Yunho…

    I adore you through and through Yunho…
    I didn’t know Yunnie listens to new age music! I didn’t know he likes Chris Spheeris and Kevin Kerns!! zOMG…these two musicians are one of my favorite… TT^TT
    Now I really wanna give him more CDs tht I like, maybe he’ll like it too :P

    And…I’m glad/touched reading this line…
    “I don’t want to let go of the music life that I’ve had for the past 5, 6 years-”
    I know he loves music more than ever…He loves his team more than ever… TT^TT
    I support you fully Yunnie…

    “I think that I’ve pretended to be bright a lot as the team’s leader till now.”
    Gosh Yunnie, as much as suffer you have been through…please be strong and also..its okay to cry out your emotions… TT^TT

    tfs SYC…
    One of the best interview ^^
    Now I’m curious abt the HK interview…

  34. Don’t let go Yunnie because we’re not letting go too. ^^

    Always Keep the Faith.

    • Yes….don’t let you go…..we love u…have you heard this “we love you” ? T_T

  35. Yunnie, we will always be here for you no matter what!

    *hugs Yunho*

    stay happy Yunho, that’s the only wish I have.

  36. :( How does he know when he gets to the top? I thought DBSK was pretty much at their top… I’ve never seen him cry except for acting… And also, aww… he wants to open up a welfare center… so sweet ^^

  37. Yunnie you’re so deep. It definitely takes alot of courage for someone who always seem strong, to slip off their facade and finally show us his vulnerable side.

    “I think that I’ve pretended to be bright a lot as the team’s leader till now.”
    this is really tiring. Yunho is really different when he’s off cam right? I’m he’s not that uptight and stuff. I really hope that he could take this chance and have a good rest. Sort out your thoughts yunnie, and come back to us when you’re ready.

    Because I miss you dancing ):

  38. I admire and respect this man so much <3
    This is one of the most genuine interviews i ever read from yunho….i'm so grateful that he's Sharing his feelings with us.

  39. Now, that’s sound like yunhoshi ‘s a lonely boy. you aren’t alone ne. I don’t know we can do anything to you but I’m still waiting & love my five angels.

    Looking ahead…Walk to your dreams
    Looking back…The fans always bring
    “Love”
    “Smiles”
    “Support”
    &
    “Will Power”
    for
    U-know Yunho leadershi Hwaiting

  40. mixed feeling ;___;

  41. I am so glad that he listens to Az Yet. They are one of my all time favourite groups. (Hard to say I’m sorry that they feat. with Peter Cetera is superb.)

    It’s a bit sad to read that how hard he tried to be happy for the sake of his fans…please be free Yunnie. There are lots of fans out there that want to share not only your happiness but also your tears.

  42. I need to lend my shoulder when you wanna cry… Hold you hand when you feel loneliness…
    ..but I could not… All I can do I encourage and support you even far away from you… Miss u, Yunho ;)

  43. I can’t stop crying T___________T

  44. Yunho fighting! We love you!

  45. “I think that I’ve pretended to be bright a lot as the team’s leader till now. But I’m someone who feels lonely very easily, so I constantly have to discipline myself to pay attention and come to my senses. ”
    :( You know you have close friends to rely on! OUR STRONGEST LEADER FIGHTING!!

  46. and I saved a copy of that Interview ♥
    Though I keep crying after reading that interview countless times, I love to read it, as you can see how he truly feels in the words he uses. But after, I think I would be more moved If I read it in Korean. Thanks for sharing that wonderful interview SYC ♥

    • @SYC; they put a playlist along the article (:

      01. Eros – Chris Spheeris (Best of Chris Spheeris: 1990-2000)
      02. Carino – Chris Spheeris (Best of Chris Spheeris: 1990-2000)
      03. Return To Love – Kevin Kern (Summer Daydream)
      04. Le Jardin – Kevin Kern (Summer Daydream)
      05. 가리워진 길 – Kim Hyun Shik (3rd Album)
      06. 비처럼 음악처럼 – Kim Hyun Shik (3rd Album)
      07. Endless Rain – X-JAPAN (Star Box)
      08. Silent Jealousy – X-JAPAN (Star Box)
      09. Last Night – Az Yet (Az Yet)
      10. Care for Me – Az Yet (Az Yet)

      • This playlist made me crying a river….
        T___T

  47. JUNG YUNHO IS THE BEST LEADER EVER.

  48. i love this interview. one of my wishes in this life is to interview the boys one day. because more than being their fan, i genuinely want to know more about them and get to know the REAL them. i am genuinely interested to know them as people.

    this is a very honest interview. we see a part of his soul…i wanna go one corner and cry now

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