Immortal Song 2 is such a daebak daebak show! I love it so much, you have no idea. I get so high listening to the modern renditions of the oldies. Sometimes I sit in silence and tears after a performance. And worse still, sometimes I get goosebumps all over from listening that I have no idea how to react, brain in total blankness.
I’ve already raved incessantly about the show in earlier posts so I’m not gonna bore you with the same ol’ all over again. Instead, I’m gonna show you one of my favourite-est performances from the show, if not my favourite-est and the best I’ve seen, Hong Kyung Min‘s rendition of Jo Yong Pil‘s Little Lovers.
His performance was just so breathtakingly and jawdroppingly awesome. So passionate and emotive. Powerful and gripping. In the end I have no words, you just have to watch to believe:
I’m not sure if Hong Kyung Min is known widely by the masses, or whether he’s popular in Korea or overseas. He’s not an idol or anything, just a singer who’d debuted some 10 over years (maybe nearly 20?) years ago (as per wikipedia). I only came to know of him a few years back, as an actor (!) in a melodrama, and totally did not know he could sing, and in fact, is a singer in RL. My immediate reaction back then was WOW.
Then years flew by, didn’t see or hear of him much. Not up until recently, when he appeared in IS2 (that’s why I love this show!). Not until he performed this song.
I was totally dumbstruck and floored. He took the song, immersed himself in it totally (you could see his closed eyes and expressions through out) and made it his and his alone. Never have I been so blown away this much by an IS2 performance. The show had A LOT of great performances, and a number of them I can still recall and remember up until now. But when you talk about being blown away until nothing is left of me in the end, it’s this performance no doubt.
It’s so EPIC that I still get shivers listening to or even thinking about it.
Hong Kyung Min, *RESPECT*