As I have shared in previous posts, my girls brought the world of KPOP into my life in January of 2018. I have since fallen in love with many songs by Korean artists. Some of the songs are funny. Many have a beat that makes me want to get up and dance even though nobody needs to see that! The best ones have a message in their lyrics I need to hear and want my children to hear: Love yourself, stop listening to the negative voices in your head, chase your dreams, don’t compare yourself to others and follow your own pace…etc, etc, etc.
I was especially excited about the BTS comeback video this morning. I’ve always felt music is a universal language. It doesn’t matter if you don’t speak the language or know everything about the culture. If you listen closely, you can feel the music speaking to your soul and feel the emotion within the rhythm. You can appreciate everything about it even if it’s not from your country or in your language.
I love BTS for breaking down so many barriers and bridging gaps. And I love seeing our artists eagerly joining with them to collaborate together to make even more amazing music for the fans to enjoy.
When I watched the video this morning, I was so excited to see Halsey not just featured in their song, but actually participating in the video with them. She’s dancing with them as though she’s been a member all along. If you listen closely, you can hear she’s even singing in Korean.
I have so many friends who just don’t get why I listen to this KPOP music with my kids. They can’t wrap their minds around it.
What I wish they could see is not only has this music given me something to bond over with my children (which has been a truly beautiful experience as a parent), but it gives me a glimpse into a world that is not my own. I’ve learned so much about a country and culture I knew very little about 15 months ago. Curiosity has driven me to learn more and accept more. It’s broadened my ideas and opened my mind up in new ways.
Anyone who really knows me will understand how important it is to me to keep an open mind and open heart about life. KPOP gave me one more opportunity to do this very thing. It’s so important for us to become more accepting of the differences of others. To see the world from many different angles and be accepting even when those angles are different from our own.
Music can help us to do this…It truly is a Universal Language!