This past Sunday I took my three girls to their very first concert. A KPOP concert, to be exact. I’m not ashamed to admit I was looking forward to this show as much as my girls were. It was one of the most incredible musical experiences I’ve ever had!
Before I get started, in case you don’t already know, Stray Kids debuted March 25, 2018 in Korea and went on to win just about every Rookie Award possible this past year. These kids write their own music and lyrics. The lyrics are so deep and easy to relate to no matter what stage of life you might be in.
Needless to say, the concert was amazing! The singing, the dancing, everything…
What impressed me most, however, was the emotions Stray Kids brought to the stage. These boys want each of their fans to walk away from the show feeling as though they have had a personal interaction with their idols. They took time between each set to talk to their fans about the music, but also about life. They want their fans to know they care about the struggles everyone goes through in this life, and that they go through struggles as well, and they use those experiences to create their music.
They also worked to bridge the culture gap. Each of the boys learned a snippet of English in order to give a special heartfelt message to the fans. They showed genuine appreciation for the fans trying to sing along to the songs in Korean. They joked around about the differences in the weather. Stray Kids made an incredible effort to leave their fans feeling as though they gained more than just another concert experience.
I’m so thankful I had the chance to make my girls’ dream come true. They laughed, cheered, and even cried in the two hours we spent with Stray Kids. As a parent, there are phases our children go through that may not always be as enjoyable to us as adults. I have to say, though, I’ve had the best time on this KPOP journey with my girls. The boys they look up to in Stray Kids are good, decent kids who write music with messages my girls need to hear, especially at this stage in their lives. If I’m honest, they are messages I need to hear, too.
If you get a chance, take a look at the lyric videos below for Hellevator, Voices, and My Pace. If you can’t find a line or two you relate with, I’m not sure you’re even human!