SHINee cake struggle

I had it planned that I would make a cake for SHINee’s 10th anniversary yep, all planned out down to the details but like they say about well laid plans….

When May came around I didn’t think I would be able to make the cake and kinda gave up on the idea then I said no! just make the cake it will be fun and a nice way to celebrate the occasion. Everything seems great I got the colors needed to make the roses as well as the icing tips.

But the day of I realized I don’t have the right sized icing bags for these special tips (the ones I have are too big. No problem I’ll just improvise I cut out one end tip of a Ziploc bag and used it instead….:(

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After a week of mostly chilly, rainy weather the day I make my cake it’s blazing hot and melting the frosting as I make it and as I frosted the cake( I kept putting it in the fridge so it would “set” but you’ll see the frosting is still uneven and melty.

The tip I had was too big and hard to manipulate with the odd angled Ziploc bag so the 10th didn’t come out as well as I hoped. HOWEVER I am very pleased with how the roses or ranunculus came out and the color is quite a match for pearl aqua blue. ūüôā

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I have plans to make a cake next month hopefully it will turn out better.

 

 

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Top Ten SHINee songs

SHINee who is celebrating their 10th anniversary this month has been probably one of the hardest working kpop groups in the last decade. There discography is extensive not even including their Japanese releases!

In honor of SHINee’s 10th anniversary J.R.’s Musical Adventure has created a list of their top ten SHINee songs which is no easy task as SHINee has released 11 albums! It wasn’t easy but I tried and here are the ten!

  1. Love like oxygen

While not the first SHINee video I saw with its euro music and melody it made me nostalgic which surprised me as the members of the group were so young themselves! Jonghyun’s Michael Jackson styled vocals and SHINee’s chair dancing sold me on the group. With this song and music video I just knew this group was going places!

2. Romeo+Juliet

This song is a close second as it is my all time favorite song of SHINee. The music, vocals (and stylization of vocals)and lyrics embodied what made me fall in love with kpop in the first place. Each member’s “role” vocally is showcased well (more so¬† than other songs from this era) and they invoke the sadness and¬† despair of the forlorn lyrics so well I am touched every time I hear it, even to this day 9 years later.

3. Odd Eye

 

This song sounded like no other song (in kpop). I love its beautifully smooth synth melody and the creative use of Jonghyun’s, Taemin’s and Onew’s “My eyes on yooou” in the chorus. A added bonus is the bridge reminds me of Pumpkin Hill (Sonic adventure). Even non kpop fans seem to be taken in by the hypnotic chorus! “hey what song is that with the guy going “oooo” in the chorus?” someone once asked me.

4. Replay

Especially now this song holds a special place in any SHINee fan’s heart. For most its the song that introduced the group to the world.¬† With lyrics many people can relate to (being in love/like with someone older than you and/or liking someone who does take you seriously.) To me its low tempo and catchy melody that wears off on you after a while Replay stood out amongst a lot of the other debuting artists in 2008 and is by far one of the best debut kpop songs ever. Replay is now a new classic.

5. One Minute Back

From the dramatic drumbeat layered with rhythmic breathing in the beginning I sensed One minute would be a fierce, enjoyable song. The whole vibe from the lyrics,  vocals to the music channels the intense feeling one may experience seeing their partner cheating on them with someone else. The change of lyrics in the end surprised me but goes to show how well the song kept to its theme.

6. Close The Door

This another song that was a little different than most kpop songs that were out at the time (2010’s). I was struck by its enchanting¬† electro-string melody making like a song that would play in a futuristic ballroom.¬† SHINee’s vocals shine brightly in the chorus which is a great feat in such a slow and delicate song. The lyrics also take the spotlight as well adding to the romantic atmosphere.

7. Password-(Japanese song)

One of the Japanese releases that really stood out was Password. Once again SHINee distinguishes itself from the bunch with a song not typically heard in kpop.¬† With 80s rock/pop flavor Password invokes bands like Duran Duran.¬† The lyrics with lines give me the password are even reminiscent of late 80s songs that often referenced computers and technology ( Automatic, Computer love). In the live version Jonghyun’s solo is just beautiful.

8. Hold You

 

This is the song I always dreamed SHINee would do. With it’s classic 80’s/90’s r&b sound it fits SHINee’s retro style to a t.

9. Symptoms

This song is one of the best SHINee songs done live. Like One minute the emotional intensity is conveyed through every aspect of the track from the lyrics, vocals and music. Like I stated above when performed they just hit it out of the park.

 

10. SHINee in The House

Clocking in at only one minute and a half this isn’t exactly a song ‚Ķ more of an intro, one that SHINee needed from the beginning! I first heard this awesome Intro watching my SHINee world 4 dvd. With its cute opening fooling the listeners and audience beginning with the melody and chorus from replay to then switch to some great harmonizing. Jonghyun, Onew and Taemin tell us to get ready for a great time because shinee is performing tonight and they’ll make us happy, love it. I kind of hoped they would open all their following concerts with this song but alas. Great anthem for a great group.

 

Well that’s it! For now, who knows with the new album coming out there may be some news songs on this list!

What about you? What are your favorite SHINee songs?

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update: Opinion post. I change my opinion

Yesterday I was disappointed with the teaser image of SHINee’s¬† for their new album¬† The Story of Light. I decided to write here¬† how I felt that the concept wasn’t well executed. Then in the last paragraph of my opinion post I told myself “wait this probably will not truly be how the concept will be handled and you would have worried for no reason. That is correct.

While I’m still not completely sold on the concept of light using primary colors and not roygbiv (the rainbow), the next round of teaser images have placated my fears.

While actual light is composed of the colors of the rainbow. In theater using color gels one can make white light by combining the three primary colors of red yellow and blue. In painting, combing these three colors will give you black.¬† So I was like why didn’t they use spotlights in their images for this concept then?!

The next day:

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ok then……

The I felt use of the primary colors and basic shapes make it look juvenile

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Not so much here…(I can now see some of the retro aspect , this reminds me of a movie poster)

or here…

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not childish at all

 

So there you have it! I feel a little better about SHINee’s 10th Anniversary concept (for now).

 

Opinion Post. SHINee comeback teaser umm…..

I like many fans was excited to see SHINee teasers on the web today. However the teaser image and fans excited responses had me feeling like I was in the Twilight zone.¬† Needless to say I am not too impressed…

 

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First the positive. The title The Story of Light is beautiful and fits in well with SHINee’s name meaning. That being said I’m not sure what the overall design has to do with the theme of light. With its primary color themes and basic shapes this teaser image comes off looking pretty juvenile. Some say they may be going for a 80s theme perhaps due to the “retro-ish” word processor type font, the “3d” render of the circles and the grid background….. but not really. For SHINee’s 10th anniversary (which is a big deal) I was honestly expecting much better.

For example

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I know this is for an event but it is a beautiful creative image that would make a great teaser. It emphasizes SHINee’s expansive discography with its central image of a spiral made up of the handwritten( which gives it a more personal feel) titles of all their (Korean) songs to date. To add color to the simple image is the title of the event in SHINee’s “pearl aqua”. Even if primary colors are essential to the theme of the teasers and comeback I feel it could be executed better.

Also, I might be worried about nothing as sometimes the initial teasers have nothing to do with the release. I will have to wait and see if it improves fingers crossed.

 

SHINee Memory #2

While cleaning my room I came upon my vast collection of pins. Amongst the many pins some with emblazoned clever slogans, anime & video characters, band logos, pictures, etc…¬† when I came upon a pin I received as a prize way back in 2009….you guessed it a SHINee pin. I’m surprised I still had it after all these years.

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While at a anime convention back in ’09 I decided to go a K-pop panel to meet some k-pop fans, watch kpop videos and have some non anime fun.¬† I ended up being one of the winners of the contest and was able to select a prize! Unfortunately after the panel ended the other winners rushed the prize table claiming the “best items” leaving a lonely pin behind. The young woman behind the table smiled and sweetly said “Well you can have a SHINee pin!” I gladly accepted the pin even though SHINee was not well known as were only about a year old (because as you read in my previous SHINee memory I liked them).

As you see I still have that pin! Just to think no one wanted this pin 9 years ago and look how far they have come and well known they are now after 10 years! I’m glad to have a piece of memorabilia before they were famous.

If I were to go to the table now I can guarantee a SHINee  pin would not be left behind!

 

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Do you have a favorite item of SHINee?

 

p.s. Is there anyone who was there for this K-pop panel at Nekocon in 09?

 

SHINee Memories #1

 

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What is your first memory of SHINee? Read my (long) answer below.Tell me yours in the comments!

I can pretty much remember back in ’08 sitting in the back room my bro playing¬† video games behind me while I would multi-task on the desktop. By multi -task that meant typing stories, reading emails and watching videos on youtube lol.

Somehow I came across SHINee and said in my mind hmm “Shiny? Whelp why not?” I was always on the lookout for new music so I clicked the thumbnail and the rest is history.

I was struck by how young they looked and the “cuteness” of the overall video which usually isn’t my style. As a fan of rock music (among many other genres) I fell in like with kpop back in the late 90’s with groups like H.O.T. and Shinhwa, Sechkies, TVXQ to name a few ,which was definitely still pop though with rock and visual kei elements added. However, their vocals sounded pretty strong for a rookie group, I loved the toe and swing move (dance move gif #2) and the melody just had the perfect feel of nostalgia and melancholy. After a few weeks of hearing the song play in my head, I decided to buy the mp3 from iTunes to learn I couldn’t find it (kpop was as popular back then).After much digging I finally found the album in hangul.

What is your first memory of SHINee?

 

Top 5 SHINee dance moves gifs pt.2

Time for more SHINee dance moves gifs!

This time it is Love like Oxygen, the MV that convinced me to buy their mini album Romeo. The video though minimal had some great moves and best of all, chair dancing!

# 1 Wipe your shoes off

#2 Brush your shirt up

 

#3 Between the seats

 

#4 Back it up

#5 Row your boat

 

Which love like Oxygen gif is your favorite? Don’t forget to check out part 1. gifs!

 

 

p.s. mine is #2 brush your shirt up lol (always wanted to make a gif of that move!) and #3.

 

Stay tuned for part 3!