Hey guys, long time no see eh?

After a few weeks of deliberation, I’ve come to the decision to shut down this blog temporarily until I either have more material, or until I get the momentum going.

I’ve realized that I’ve been translating lyrics mostly these days,
and I really enjoy translating lyrics, there’s something poetic about doing it that’s different from translating news articles. And I want to give you guys good translations that help you understand the songs as well as I can in Korean.

So I’ve decided to instead open up a blog dedicated to translating lyrics, not just of TVXQ/JYJ, but of any and every K-pop song.

The new blog is here http://kpoplyricstranslator.wordpress.com
If you would like to take a look around and submit requests for translations, please feel free to do so :)

I’ll let you all know when this site comes back up, but till then, I’ll be translating on www.dongbangdata.net and http://kpoplyricstranslator.wordpress.com

Please know that this doesn’t mean that I’ve losing faith or something,
I’m just redirecting my focus because of the lack of material :P

See y’all sometime in the near future!
-Much love, Jee

Hi everyone and welcome to my personal wordpress blog, The Melodies of My Soul.

For those of you who don’t know me, I used to work as a Korean translator under the name jeeelim5 in various forums but I now translate as MelodiaMuse in http://www.dongbangdata.net

The purpose of this blog is to help keep the faith alive, because it’s nearing two years since this lawsuit began and a little more faith here and there doesn’t hurt.

Enjoy! and AKTF♥

The categories are as follows:

Fanfiction – Full list of Fanfiction
I’ll be translating a selection of Korean TVXQ fanfiction. This being said, I will not be translating any 19+ fanfiction. The ones I translate will not be about the members as couples, but they will be related to keeping the faith. If you have any suggestions for fanfiction in this genre, please e-mail me at jeesoolim.11@gmail.com with your suggestions.

Letters – Full list of Letters
If you have known me since my days as a translator for Tohosomnia, you will know of my Letters of the Day series. These are just letters that Cassiopeia have written to TVXQ and to Cassiopeia that I’ve translated from Korean to English. Though I can’t promise a letter every day, I’ll try to update as often as I can since I love these as much as the people who read these do.

Lyrics – Full list of Lyrics
I’ll be translating all lyrics for Korean TVXQ/JYJ songs. I plan to do it on a chronological order but I may jump around if I feel like it. I’ll also try to romanize the lyrics but I’m still a little shaky on that, so please bear with me :)

Random Babbling
At times, I’ll write personal opinions about matters pertaining to TVXQ on the blog. These will all go under this category.

Note from the Translator
All posts in this category will be announcement posts, such as this one.

Projects
Any independent projects I feel like taking on :)

Catch Me – TVXQ
6th Korean album ‘Catch Me’

Korean lyrics

한 번 단 한번도 끝까지 내게 맘을 연적 없어
난 마치 벽을 보고 선 듯한 기분이야 그거 알았니?
곁에 있지만 더 외로워질 뿐 Tonight Tonight Tonight
널 기다렸지만 이건 좀 아니야 이젠 널 떠난다

가지마 한 마딜 못한다 이 바보가
내가 왜 이 바보만 봤을까? 참 못난 널

Baby Catch Me. Catch Me. Catch Me, Girl, Tonight. 떠나 버리기 전에 (I’m serious I’m serious)
나를 잡고 막고 울고 때리고 이유를 말해줬다면 (I’m serious I’m serious)

오, 모르겠다 너의 맘에 내가 깊이 있어왔는지 또, 아닌지
그게 궁금해 지쳐버리기 전에 말해줘 말해줘 대답해

시간은 널 그렇게 묶어 둘거야 지금 그 자리에
나를 보내지마 후회하게 돼 미련 좀 떨지마

가지마 한 마딜 못한다 이 바보가
내가 왜 이 바보만 봤을까? 참 못난 널

한동안 내겐 너만 가득 찬 기분 참 많이 행복했던 기억이 나
누구도 나만큼 기다려줄 사람은 No! 없다는 걸 넌 잊지마

애원해주길 바래 난 기다릴게 이제나저제나 날 떠나지마, 말라고 말해
너무 느려, 니 맘을 정할 때까지 너만 본다 난 도대체 왜?
애원해주길 바래 난 기다릴게 이제나저제나 날 떠나지마, 말라고 말해
바보 내가 왜 너를 사랑했겠니? 너 밖에 없어 도대체 왜?

가지마 한 마딜 못한다 이 바보가
내가 왜 이 바보만 봤을까? 참 못난 널

Baby Catch Me. Catch Me. Catch Me, Girl, Tonight. 떠나 버리기 전에 (I’m serious I’m serious)
나를 잡고 막고 울고 때리고 이유를 말해줬다면 (I’m serious I’m serious)

(Catch Me. If you wanna)

English Lyrics

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No gain – XIA
1st solo album Tarantallegra

Korean Lyrics

잠시만 모든걸 다 잊고 멈추어
너에게 받았던 기억을 되새겨
한동안 잊었던 내 마음의 불꽃을
너에게 들려주고파

내 가슴의 내방이 좁아져 가나 봐
어떻게 미안해 멀어져 가나 봐
소중했던 시간도 다른 사랑을 찾아
너의 향기를 지우려 애쓰고 있나 봐

Baby 다른 누가 생겨도 넌 절대 잊지 못해
Baby you know I can’t forget
술에 취해 네게 전화해 사랑한다 말해도
단지 듣고 있으면 돼

If you are thinking of me girl
내 이름을 불러줘 단지 그거 하나면 돼
다른 여잘 만나고 있다 해도

Baby girl Baby girl Baby girl Baby girl

너무 나만 생각했나 봐 너를 위해 해준 건 단 하나도 없는데
슬퍼하기만 했던 내 자신이 그저 부끄러워 겨우 이러고만 있나 봐
애써 다른 핑곌 대보려
다른 사람 만나 행복한 여자와 나 그건 아니잖아

Baby 다른 누가 생겨도 넌 절대 잊지 못해
Baby you know I can’t forget
술에 취해 네게 전화해 사랑한다 말해도
단지 듣고 있으면 돼

If you are thinking of me girl
내 이름을 불러줘 단지 그거 하나면 돼
다른 여잘 만나고 있다 해도

Baby girl Baby girl Baby girl Baby girl

어떤 일이 있어도 You will not cry
누굴 탓하지 않아도 괜찮아 No more
추억에 묻을게 너를 잊지 않을게
너에겐 의미 없니

No gain no gain no gain
너의 생각 따윈 필요 없는데

Baby 다른 누가 생겨도 넌 절대 잊지 못해
Baby you know I can’t forget
술에 취해 네게 전화해 사랑한다 말해도
단지 듣고 있으면 돼

If you are thinking of me girl
내 이름을 불러줘 단지 그거 하나면 돼
다른 여잘 만나고 있다 해도

English Lyrics

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Set Me Free – XIA
1st solo album Tarantallegra

Korean Lyrics

Oh! Set me free set me free free
Oh! Set me free set me free free
미련도 타버린 슬픔의 love song
불안의 벗겨진 절망의 love song
시련의 시작인 아픔의 연속
이리봐도 저리 봐도 내 가슴만 찢어져 가

Take take take it on Make make make it on 피할 수 없는걸
내 내 내가 널 왜 왜 왜 이리도 휘둘려 사는거야

니가 하고 싶은 대로 해 화도 내고 울어봐
시련도 미련도 나따위 없잖아
더이상 나에게 강요따윈 집어쳐
함께한 추억들 까짓 다 버릴거야
Oh! Set me free set me free free
Oh! Set me free set me free free

So many time 난 언제나 잃었어
또 meaning of love 넌 언제나 버렸어

I get so serious, guess I’m just a curious
잠시 나 시간을 넘어서 giddy-up 들리는 소문이 사실이건
맘대로 헛소문 퍼트리던 네 맘만 남고 내 맘은 탔으니
사소한 일까지 전부 내 탓이니 전부 내 탓을 해 take it away now

fake fake fake it oh 왜 왜 또 부족해 끝없는 욕심은 oh yeah
kill kill kill me 이젠 날 조여오는 지독한 칼날 같아

니가 하고 싶은 대로 해 화도 내고 울어봐
시련도 미련도 나따위 없잖아
더이상 나에게 강요따윈 집어쳐
함께한 추억들 까짓 다 버릴거야
Oh! Set me free set me free free
Oh! Set me free set me free free

Oh baby baby baby 이젠 날 놓아줘
그 욕망의 그늘에서 (이젠 나를 보내줘)
Oh lady lady lady 짓밟아 주겠어
함께 했던 기억도 (깨끗이 날 지워줘)
남김없이 지울께

니가 하고 싶은대로 해 화도 내고 울어봐
시련도 미련도 나따위 없잖아
더이상 나에게 강요따윈 집어쳐
함께한 추억들 까짓 다 버릴 거야
Oh! Set me free set me free free
Oh! Set me free set me free free

Bye!

English Lyrics

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Hey y’all :) Junsu’s holding his first solo concert in May so to commemorate, I’ll be having a special event for anyone who’ll be attending!
All you have to do is write a comment here saying “[INTOXIAHCATION] I’m going to Junsu’s concert on (Saturday/Sunday)” and you’re automatically entered :)

The prize? I’ll be giving away one Set A goods (t-shirt, Dust Bag, Fan) from Picnic Xiah!(Size M – Korean size 66)
Click here for the detailed image -> http://picnicxiah.cafe24.com/xe/index.php?mid=story&document_srl=417695

I’ll only be able to give it to you on Saturday when I’m there fore the concert, so THIS IS OPEN ONLY TO THOSE WHO WILL BE ATTENDING THE MAY 19th AND MAY 20th CONCERTS. International shipping is waaaaaaay too expensive for me to handle T___T

On May 18th, I’ll assign everyone a number, and randomly pick a winner!

Even if you aren’t going, help spread the word and maybe your friends could be the lucky winner (and eternally grateful to you ;))

Love,
The Junsu-loving Jeester :)

One of my favorite photos of them♥

Just before we begin, I want to say that whatever is being written here is my own personal opinion. I don’t believe in the existence of a ‘true’ fan, everyone’s entitled to their own opinion on what it means to be a fan, and this is mine.

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I’m sure you’ve seen about a hundred of posts like this one floating around. What it means to be a fan, what it means to be ot5 etc. I just wanted to share my thoughts with you all since I think some of you may be curious as to what exactly goes on in this noggin of mine.

To me, what’s most important about being a fan is respect and knowing (and accepting) what your limits are. Respect refers to respect for the singers (or actors or whatever floats your boat) as well as respect for other fans. Knowing your limits has more to do with sasaengs or sasaeng-like behavior.

Respect is very important for me. I don’t give people my respect unless they’ve earned it and once someone’s gained it, I will treat them the way they should be treated. When I say ‘respect for the singers’, I’m talking about respecting their opinions and their decisions in life. Whatever decisions they make, whether to smoke or drink excessively or even not file a lawsuit against SM, it’s their life, it’s their choices. Yes, we can advise them not to do something because of health issues or whatever else, but seriously, we have no right to get hacked off because they did something that goes against what we think is right. Because it’s their lives and they should be in command of what they do.

Do I think Yunho and Changmin are cowardly traitors who are controlled by SM like puppets and were filled with too much greed for money that they didn’t risk following JYJ? No, of course not. I think they’re individuals who just believed that filing a lawsuit wasn’t the best option for them and decided to follow their own gut on the issue. Do I think JYJ are traitors who betrayed SM and their two members because of money from a cosmetics business? No. I think they truly wanted to find independence and believed a lawsuit was really the best way to get it. I think both sides are truly brave for making a decision and standing by it.

What food they eat, who they date or marry, what music they choose to sing is totally up to them. Yes, I’ll be sad the day I send those kids off to their life partners but as long as they’re happy, I’m happy.

That’s really the mindset I try to follow as a fan. As an individual, I strive for my own happiness. But as a fan, I put the five members’ happiness above my own. I am willing to respect the decisions they make, as long as it makes them happy. If, by any chance, disbandment is what will make them happy, then I am willing to support their decision, though I might go and cry myself to sleep for a while.

The other side of this respect is respect for my fellow fans. I don’t discriminate against JYJ fans/HoMin fans/OT5 fans/individual fans UNLESS they say smack about any of the members. You can like someone and not have to bash someone else because of it. I believe in respecting the different perspectives of other fans and their preferences as well. I really don’t like Tri-angle or Free Your Mind, but just because someone else does, doesn’t mean I’ll hate on them. Hating on people for no reason other than the fact that they don’t agree with everything you say is quite frankly, pretty stupid. Trust me, bigotry never does anyone good in his or her life.

Also, I don’t believe in the harm of poking fun at the members every now and then. I call Yoochun a seaweed monster, but do I really think of him as this gruesome monster from the sea? Nope, he’s still my little Chunnie-bunny who makes me smile. I’ve called all five of them some odd names or I poke fun at their Engrish, but I know where to draw the line. Like, I would never joke about any of them being traitors, that’s where the line is drawn. (Just saying, some of y’all need to calm down sometimes and take it easy when people like me do this.)

The second and shorter part is knowing your boundaries and respecting them. Let me just start off by saying that I have no respect for sasaengs, I don’t even consider them as ‘fans’ (You have no right to be prodding through the members’ phone records or following them around in taxis or standing in front of their houses. They’re people just like us, so treat them with at least a shred of respect.). We are fans and that’s all we are. We’re there to support them, we’re there to buy their merchandise, we’re there to protect them. We are not there to interfere in their personal lives or follow their every move. Neither are we there to send them inappropriate tweets or photos or verbally assault them.

Most importantly, my definition of being an ‘all fan’ is this: I support Park Yoochun, Jung Yunho, Kim Jaejoong, Shim Changmin and Kim Junsu more than I support TVXQ.

Yes, I would love for them to get back together and make us beautiful music again. But right now, that’s not possible so I support them as JYJ and TVXQ as I cherish their memories as five. It’s not impossible for us to accept the present for what it is but still hold on to the past and cherish it. That doesn’t make me delusional and it doesn’t make me a person in denial. It makes me a person who is strong enough to stand my ground as a fan who remembers and a fan who refuses to take sides in this so-called war.

If five individual paths (or even just two) is what lays ahead, then I’ll keep watching over all of them, because their individual dreams are so much more important than our aspirations for them as a five-membered group.

I always find myself wondering, if the lawsuit had never happened, where would we all be now? Sixth album? Seventh album? Dome tour? World domination? But the real question is, would they be truly happy?

P.S. Food for thought (I’ve tweeted this before): If you feel betrayed by two or three (or even all five of them), what do you think it feels like to be betrayed by 800,000? Put yourselves in their shoes for once and see if that word ‘betray’ comes as easily as it once did.

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I’d be happy to hear your own definitions of being a fan through comments. But please, no fighting, respect everyone else’s opinions for what they are.


Because we all need more angels in our lives :) 

Hi everyone!

Just wanted to let everyone know that the donation of 140,000 KRW has been made to JYJ’s Mango Tree project! :)

Here’s the verification message I got from World Vision when I made the donation about half an hour ago

As you can see, it says at the bottom – “A one time donation, JYJ Mango Tree Donation Campaign, Credit Card, 140,000 KRW. (idk why they wrote my name as 홍길동전… like wtf yo)

Anywho, there was more information below but it included my credit card number and stuff so I don’t really feel comfortable posting it :/

After I made the donation, I sent an e-mail to both C-JeS and World Vision(through their website) that the donation under my name was made by eight people from all over the world! Here’s a screencap of the two e-mails I sent out, they both basically say the same thing.

The one to C-JeS that I sent through my personal e-mail account

The one I sent to World Vision on their homepage.

The message I wrote goes something like this,

“Hello, my name is Jee Soo Lim.

I saw that a national ID number was required to make a donation through the World Vision homepage if we wanted to participate in the JYJ mango tree project, so I collected donations from a few fans and made the contribution under my name.

I’m writing this e-mail because I’d like for JYJ to know that we eight fans donated a total of 140,000 KRW to the project. Though we all come from different countries, we became one thanks to JYJ’s warm and giving hearts, and we’re very happy to know that we’ll be able to help children in Sudan.
We would like to see JYJ and World Vision continue their role as forerunners in creating a more active giving culture.

Thank you and Merry Christmas!

-Jee Soo Lim”

Then I included the names, countries, amount donated and messages that you each sent me (yes Rara, I did include your PS) in Korean.

Thank you everyone for participating! We planted a total of 14 mango trees in Sudan and I’m sure we’ve been a great help to those in need of those mangoes :)

Merry Christmas, happy D-1 and hope y’all have a great rest-of-the-year!

-Jee

Hey y’all, it’s Christmas Eve!! (aka D-2 of TVXQ’s 8th anniversary)

Today, there was a flashmob in Myeongdong and Busan at 12:26pm KST to celebrate the anniversary, and I was lucky enough to go to the one in Myeongdong :)

I had told them in advance that I’d be taking my DSLR to film the whole thing, so I got to chat with some of the people in charge before it all began and they made sure to put me right at the front so that no one was blocking the camera.

I was actually supposed to be in it, but I missed the very last and most important rehearsal, so I offered my assistance as a camera-person for the day and thankfully, they gladly accepted the offer. :)

It was great, a lot of kCassies had showed up to watch and lots of passer-bys were asking who the people dancing were, and I could hear fans proudly saying, “They’re TVXQ fans, Cassiopeia!”

I didn’t get the message sequence that came before the flashmob, but I remember the words said this,

“We can’t give you much, but we’ll promise you this… we won’t let go. We love you”

There’s supposed to be five rows (but I couldn’t fit them all into the shot) and a heck of a lot of people in each. There were a LOT of dancers, and they were all pretty darn awesome!

The middle part is supposed to be the ‘Horizon dance’ (that TVXQ is oh-so-famous for), a move from Summer Dream and of course, the infamous duckbutt move from good ole’ Junsu X)

That was then followed by moves from Mirotic (in which everyone in the crowd started screaming like OMFG EEEEE) and the rest was from ‘Balloons’ again. And then came the ‘Everyone, pretend like nothing happened and run awayyyyyy’ moment :P

Everyone had a ton of fun, we all patted each other on the back and then most people left. There was an ‘all-fan free hug session’ going on so of course, I went and got some Cassiopeia lovin’ ;) I saw a lot of fans donating to the Salvation Army (who were right next to us) and it was really heartwarming to see (and I didn’t forget to donate either XD)

All in all, it was a great event and I’m so lucky to have been a part of it. And as we left, we all said, “See you next year!” Aw yeah~!!

P.S. I apologize in advance for any shaking in the video. It’s not easy to hold up a DSLR in the frigid cold that is Korean winter weather ;A;

Also, I was super close to them, at one point, they were right in front of me and I was like ‘omg too close, too close!!!’

P.P.S I’ll try and fix the quality of the vid later, I have to go to a family dinner tonight :P (Jk you can watch it in HD now :D)

Here on quite a serious note, and it’s with regards to the hacking incident last night that caused Junsu to delete or ‘deactivate’ his Twitter account.

Most of what I’m posting here is based on the translations I do (some from the Twitter post on dongbangdata.net here), my knowledge of Korean and its insinuations (which is pretty decent in my opinion since you know.. it IS my first language and I’ve been speaking it on a daily basis since I started talking all those years ago) as well as watching Twitter like a hawk last night till 4am because I decided it would be wise to put my body through torture by consuming a tall Starbucks toffee nut latte in the afternoon (for those of you who don’t understand why this is bad, I’ve had about four or five cups of coffee in my life and my body is extremely sensitive to it).

Yes it is long, but “Nothing that’s worthwhile is ever easy. Remember that.” (Thanks Mr. Sparks for that) You can skip over the parts like (this) since these are just personal comments that I’m making… and I’m quite a loquacious person so I ramble a lot.

BTW: I’m just being creative and just a bit satirical by making the whole thing seem like a play. It’s actually just to make it easier for you guys to read. I’m neither making fun of the incident (because it’s a very grave matter that needs to be addressed immediately) nor belittling it in any way, shape or form.

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So let us begin with Act 1 Scene 1: The Hacking Incident

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I went to the Lee Seung Gi concert on Sunday and we got to do the cutest choreography to this song X) 

Hey y’all :) Here’s a quick update on the donations.

With Grace’s additional donation of $5.00, we have a wondrous total of $104.70 :D

Unfortunately, I’m having issues with my paypal account which means I can’t withdraw money to my bank account and if I don’t get it resolved by Friday, I’ll just use the money I already have in my bank account to make the donation, and reimburse myself later with Paypal.

The conversion comes out at around 110,000 KRW so with my 30,000 KRW, we’ll be making a total donation of 140,000 KRW. Fourteen trees, yay \o/

Thank you everyone who donated and I’ll update once more on Saturday with the results!

-Jee

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