So I was listening to my iPod just now and randomly thinking of how much I love Jonghyun and Onew’s voices and then I decided to pop onto Youtube and see if I could scrounge up some videos of them singing solos that I hadn’t seen yet – because believe it or not, I actually haven’t seen all. And I came across these gems which I think are way too nice not to share with you.
credit: choihaeni on Youtube
The Jonghyun solo, which I watched first, has no title attached to it, although in the comments, someone says that the translated title would be something like “Cleaning Up” and that it’s by an artist called The Ray but honestly all that doesn’t really matter. The point is that this is a really good performance by Jonghyun – filmed way back in July at Chin Chin Radio – and I would most definitely recommend it. For some reason, despite my immense love for Jonghyun’s voice, I rarely like his solos – mainly because I just don’t like the kinds of songs he chooses to sing – but this one is an exception to that rule. It’s really pretty good and towards the end, when he gets really into the song and goes off with the high notes and whatnot, I just sort of got all @_@ and kept thinking, “How is he doing that?” It’s something I think often when it comes to him. 🙂 But it’s really quite good and during the first verse, I was seriously so focused on his voice that I didn’t even realize that there was accompanying music playing. LOL. Of course he has some off moments where he loses his control over his voice a little but that’s okay – those were early days and so you shouldn’t fault them that. And honestly being rookies, I’d let them get away with a lot more – I really only expect so much from their lives now because their lives were just so good before! It still amazes me… So check it out if you haven’t seen it, okay?
Onew’s Solo, ‘Still With You’ – credit: jyck923
Dubu. Solo. In English. Nuff’ said.
Just kidding – of course, I’ll say more. So this is an Eric Benet song called “Still With You” – I don’t know it (I never seem to!) but it’s in English! And the lyrics make me think of ‘Forever More’ and you know how I feel about Onew singing these ballads….his voice was made for ballads, I swear! Of course, he sounds really, really good here and dare I say that watching this, I actually thought – but only for a second – that it might have been better if he had been a solo singer. Ah, but I know I thought that I thought that just because I’m afraid he won’t be fully appreciated for his rather impressive vocal abilities within the group – they really need to give him more challenging lines in their songs. People say that Jonghyun needs to give up some of his lines to Dubu but honestly it’s not about him having more lines, what matters is that the lines actually allow him to showcase his vocal ability and his range. Ah, but I’ve said all this before and I’m starting to sound like a broken record so back to the video – as always, Onew really manages to express the feel of the song through his voice and his voice gives me such a relaxing, safe feeling that in a way, I don’t mind that I feel sad listening to it. Aigoo, I wish SHINee had songs like this on their album – I mean, I love their songs and while they’re sad and plaintive enough, they haven’t quite got that particular longing, mournful quality that these seem to have – or maybe that’s just Onew’s influence? IDK – all I know is this video is wonderful and you should really check it out. Now go watch!
And a little duet for you…here’s Onew and Jonghyun singing “Did We Really Love You?” originally by Brown Eyed Soul.
credit: MusicRandomx on YT
So I’ve never heard the original of this – but after this, I’m gonna have to check it out – so I can’t say much about it as a cover but it’s a great performance nonetheless. I’m not always a fan of duets between the two of them – speaking of, where’s my JongKey duet? The two of them need to sing a song together like stat! – but this one was very nice. Their voices went well together for the most part and of course, they sounded amazing individually. LOL, when the song first started, I got confused because the opening lines sounded just like “Nothing Better” to me but soon that went away. This song is really nice, by the way – I love the chorus! Ah, I’m going to go look around for the original now – you just go watch the video, okay? Now this one’s also from July so they’re not perfect but still, they sound so good for amateurs. Every time I watch these videos, I feel like I’m at a karaoke except with people who can actually sing. (Okay so yeah, there are good singers at karaokes too but they aren’t always, you know)
Oh, and on a side note, I now have 400 favourites on my Youtube channel. Awesomesauce, yes? I have SHINee to thank for that. 😄