7:20 pm in [3WF] Kristen Hoosier
…that the Wonder Girls haven’t release anything new in months, but I completely understand why and that there are certain boundaries and obstacles they must meet and figure out how to climb over before they can give the audience something new.
They may not express it often in spite of our great amount of patience, but surely they are ever so grateful to their fans for their support and unending love. And they know that they have let many people down, but there is a huge cost to making a big attempt at the American music industry. It’s hard, dreadfully hard, and for some artists, even those who’ve grown up in America all their lives, it takes years for them to be noticed.
The girls have already spent 3 years in America, and they’ve not been easy at all. Imagine entering some foreign place and attempting both a music career as well as an education in the country’s native language. That’s intense, and it’s mind-blowing that they’ve done just that in these three years. All the pain, suffering, emotional and mental trauma, criticism, derogatory remarks, being looked down upon… I would have given up by now.
But that does NOT mean I am going to give up on the girls. How weak they must have felt all this while, yet they still always carry confidence and strength in everything they do. I don’t know how they do it, and I know it must be hard, and because of their endurance, I’m not going to give up and walk away. I won’t even think about that.
Fans are their pillars of strength. We’re their batteries. When we encourage them to keep going, they are hopeful and inspired. When we cheer them on, they go that extra mile. When we congratulate them for their efforts, they cry and wonder how we have supported them all this time, and they are nothing but thankful, thankful that we stayed, thankful that we cared, thankful for being Wonderful.
When a pillar falls out of place, what happens to the roof or platform that stands upon the pillar? It shakes, and eventually collapses.
When a battery is taken out of a device’s compartment, what happens to that device? It stops.
When a Wonderful leaves, what happens to the Wonder Girls? They grow weak…
Don’t let those girls feel weak, don’t give them something more to worry about, don’t make them lose hope.
Instead, continue to encourage them to live their lives to the fullest and to reach their goals; let’s show them that we are right behind them. Forget all those people who put them down. Cheers of encouragement go a long ways.
Honestly, I’ve stopped listening to Korean music. Only when the Wonder Girls make a comeback do I look back at Kpop, and only when I listen to the Wonder Girls do I feel hopeful for Kpop’s growth and expansion around the world.
Some say Wonder World wasn’t that great. I beg to differ. Music experts in Korea found it to be the second best album of 2011, and I am a fervent believer in this. Korean pop was going nowhere, staying in its little loop of songs and music that were the same, had the same kpop atmosphere, it was just becoming boring to me. Nothing felt new, and everyone’s songs were just about the same. Wonder Girls have never really followed that pattern, which is why I guess I really do enjoy their music.
Wonder World blew kpop as I knew it to be way out of the water. It offered such a different sound, and it certainly showed just how much the Wonder Girls have evolved. There’s something about such songs as “Stop!” that make me hear a balance between American music and Korean music; I can hear its Korean roots, and I can also make out American elements, and it was just glorious when I first heard the preview of it.
So yeah, if you like the way Korean music is right now, then okay. But I would prefer to see it evolve more. And Wonder World definitely gave me a taste of what Kpop could eventually become. For once, I wasn’t embarrassed to say I like Korean music. And yes, I am embarrassed (that might be too strong a word) sometimes simply because the people who do ask me, “What’s your favorite type of music?” and hear my response of “kpop,” they tend to associate the term to bubble gum pop songs such as “Gee” and songs that sound like chipmunks screaming at a car or something.
So I definitely don’t say Kpop is my favorite anymore, but when I am asked who my favorite singer is, it is always “Wonder Girls”, and it has been for the past 4.5 years. When my sorority friends come over to hang out, I’ve still got my Wonder Girls collection in full view, my signed poster plastered across one wall. When I drive somewhere, I’ve got my ipod on a Wonder Girls playlist (I Wanna and Stop! at the top ), and when I walk to class, I’m jamming to the Wonder Girls.
So yea, the saying of “Once a Wonderful, always a Wonderful” is certainly true in my case, and I’m sure the Wonder Girls had hoped for that to be true for all of their fans…
It’s your decision – be that pillar that leaves it’s supported platform, be that battery that falls out of its compartment, or be that loyal friend.