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신지수/Shin Zisu, Sleeq - Hey Jude

20′s Party 1. This album came out last year in April, and I was turning twenty that year in April. Despite the coincidence, each song in the album tells a story, an emotional rollercoaster through a twenties point of view, from break-ups, jealousy and gratitude. 

I especially really love “Hey Jude.” The other songs in the album aren’t as strong or just seem like something I’ve heard before, something very average. “Hey Jude” is what we needed from Shin Zisu. After the end of Superstar K 3, she slowly disappeared from the radar, and hitting the music scene with this title song really caught the attention. The song shows her powerful amazing vocal added with a fun, carefree upbeat vibes and unique rap of Sleeq.

“언니들, 내게 말하길
청춘은 돌아오지 않는 거래 So fast
다 지나고 후회하지 말고
오늘 밤 Free, shine, world”

“Hey unnis*, they tell me
Youth will never come back, So fast
Don’t regret when it’s all gone
Tonight, Free, shine, world”

The English lyrics in the song is pretty bad. It sounds very awkward, but keeping that aside, I just really love the theme. Living life while you still have the chance. Letting go of all your troubles for even one night and enjoying it with your friends. Cherishing the youth when you have it. 

I think that message can be very relatable to anyone in their twenties.

It almost scared me when I realized I had the “two” in front of my age. And then suddenly you feel so old. As new frosh enters into school, you start feeling older and older, and realize you really have to do as much as you can when you’re young. I shouldn’t be complaining. I’m only twenty-one. I am very young. But maybe it’s the nature of being in school that you are in the senior year, all these “young” faces trying to navigate through school, through life. But then again, hey I am really young too and still trying to navigate through life.

Whether we are or feel young, or old, the whole point of the song, complemented so perfectly with the music video, is about taking the time to enjoy life. Sometimes we forget to have time for ourselves to go out, spend time with friends and simply have fun. We get so caught up with school, jobs and having so much work and responsibilities. I could imagine it could be more relatable in Korea with its intense educational system and (expected) productivity level.

On a different topic: I love the graphic illustrations which decorate the visuals. If anyone knows who made it, please let me know.

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*unni - a pronoun that females refer to another female who is older. Instead of calling someone who’s older than you by their name, as in typical Western culture, in Korea you refer to them with the pronoun or their name with the pronoun.