How I Lived to Tell the Tale of Indie Pop

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My Impression:

I have come to the conclusion that, like sushi, Indie music is an acquired taste. While it sounds like pop music, it tastes like raw fish. I listened to a lot of indie pop music in my quest to find some of my favorites, to conclude if whether or not I liked the genre. In the beginning, I tricked myself into thinking indie pop was just like regular pop that you hear on the radio. Then I realized the music you hear on the radio isn’t even “regular” pop, so I quickly nixed that idea. When I first started listening I thought that it sounded like a lot of the music I already listened to, and that I could easily replace all my old music for this genre. After about a week of doing that, I had to push down the urge to kill myself in my sleep and think it was a very poetic way to die. I was almost, a little, depressed.  Don’t get me wrong, the music was good. Very good. In fact, a liked a lot of the songs that I heard. I just… I don’t know what came over me, but suddenly I really needed to listen to some Aaliyah and J-Lo when she was still doing music with Murder Inc. and everyone thought (including herself) that she was still Jenny from the block. Not even radio music could bring me back to reality and keep me from wanting to go into a corner and cry.

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My Conclusion:

You would think I hated the music. I felt like I was in some sort of trance. Like I was in a completely different reality for about 5 days, that consisted of coconuts, broken hearts, and sneakers. But now that I think about it, the music probably wasn’t even what did this to me. It was probably the thought that I only had a week left of summer break and I didn’t want it to end and all I wanted to do was crack open a coconut and run away in my sneakers with my broken heart. To be honest, I’ve never been in a relationship where I left with a broken heart, but now I feel like I’ve been in twenty. I can honestly tell you, it feels terrible. For all of you that have experienced it first-hand, words cannot explain how sorry I am….

But even through all of the loves lost, I managed to find a hand full of indie pop music that I really like. And shall share them with you now:

I have to keep in mind, indie pop is just a genre of indie, and while a lot of time it incorporates almost all genres of indie music, I cannot conclude if whether or not  I like indie music as a whole. So, I will continue my endeavor and delve into the other genres of indie music. If I make it out alive I will tell you guys how it went.

So, in the end, do I like indie pop? Why, yes. Yes, I do. Can I listen to it every day? Hell naw.


What’s  your take on indie pop? What did you think of the music in my playlist? Will you follow me on soundcloud? Of course you will because you’re awesome like that.

For more on what’s going on here visit “The Idea” and if you have suggestions as to things I can try visit “The Suggestion Box” or comment below I would love to hear what you have to say!

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You’ll Never Guess What I Found by the Dumpster

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This post, along with many following are only going to be pictures. Pictures of random beautiful things I found while taking a walk or just eating. I don’t usually get out much–I’m usually in the house chillin, watching k-dramas and listening to k-pop, or watching Star Trek: Deep Space Nine (Total Trekkie) and the Justice League, which, by the way, I am a huge fan of comic books but we’ll save that topic for another day. Anyways, I have recenlty been getting out a lot more, and I’ve been seeing a lot cool things. Most of its just flowers so hang with me while I get the hang of taking pictures of actual moving targets. I will upload a post on the best smoothie you will ever drink for Mother’s Day which is May 12, three days after my birthday (May 9. Happy Birthday to ME!).

Moving on, outside of my house there are flower bushes and they grow some of the most beautiful roses when they’re not burning from the nearly 100 degree weather outside and I am not exagerating. Its gotten as high as 95 degrees here already, and it just turned May. What happened to ‘April showers bring May flowers’?  We’ve gotten no showers! Though I’ve heard it’s supposed to rain tomorrow, so let’s cross our fingers.

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I’m sorry if the pictures are semi-blurry it was incredibly windy when i took these pictures which is why i look to be strangling this poor flower ^^. Anyways, after i took these pictures i went for a walk around the block.

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Can you see the bee? I was surprised i was able to take a non-blurry picture of it before it either stung me or took off.

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At first i thought these were desert roses. They’re not. Desert roses are actually pretty. I’m just kidding. These flowers are pretty… just not as pretty as desert roses (which don’t technically look like roses :/) .These are called Orange Desert Globe Mallow, the longest name for such small flowers.

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Do you know what this creepy thing is?

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neither do i…

Then, after my walk, i saw the cutest birds ever. They sort of reminded me of my little sister. I found them near what used to be a dumping site near my house. They were in a bush and because it was hot or they were in a particularly nice mood, they stayed put while my mom ran to the house and grabbed my camera for me. And also, my mom was incredibly nice to sit there patiently while i played paprazzi with these poor birds. Here’s what happened:

At first they were very shy...

At first they were very shy…

Then one, slightly more adventurous than the other, came out saying, "Look! It's peoples!"

Then one, slightly more adventurous than the other, came out saying, “Look! It’s peoples!”

Then he called the next one out. "Yo, dawg, you'll never believe what i just saw." "What is it?" "Peoples."

Then he called the next one out. “Yo, dawg, you’ll never believe what I just saw.”
“What is it?”
“Peoples.” Gasp. “No way.”

"Maybe if we just slowly hop away... they won't notice us..."

“Maybe if we just slowly hop away… they won’t notice us…shh”

"Naw, man, this is the perfect time for a photo op. Just lie low, man, lie low." "Fine. But eye's watchin' you."

“Naw, man, this is the perfect time for a photo op. Just lie low, man, lie low.”
“Fine. But eye’s watchin’ you.”

"But only ONE photo!"

“Wait! Only ONE photo! I’m serious bird, man. Don’t play around!” “But eye’s so photogenetic…Okay, man, alright. Just one… get out the way! Alright! Mr. DeMille, i’m ready for my close up!”

"CHEESE!"

Mutters, “Got to…find my good side…” Clears throat, “CHEESE!”

Yes. The birds did talk and this is what they said. So, get over it. Now: Nummies and sidewalk chalk. 🙂

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It’s a tuna melt on wheat, gluten-free bread (toasted), with sprouts, provolone cheese and a side of grape tomatoes and sliced plums.

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I’m not usually much of a drawer(er?) but that day, i was feeling inspired. It’s supposed to be youngest sister.

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This girl doesn’t have a name. What do you suggest?

I hope you enjoyed my bird story and photos. I’ll have more in about three days with snack suggestions and my trip to a park outside of town. Then, SMOOTHIES! Nom, nom, nom. — Sage.

Journey to Fluency pt. 2: Why Didn’t Anybody Tell Me Learning Hangeul Would Take 8 Years?

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I really like Moon Geun-Young as an actress for two highly unethical reasons. One: I really like Jang Geun-Suk and he was in Mary Stayed Out All Night with her. And two: her birthday is around the same time as mine, making us both tauruses so we would tn_1289625002_942779634_0probably have a lot in common. So, starting a few months ago I tried to watch Cheongdam-dong Alice also known as Alice in Cheongdam-dong. I watched one episode before the show ended, then stopped so I wouldn’t have to wait for new episodes and for various other reasons I will soon express, and then started watching it again when I had nothing else better to do. It was supposed to be a drama similar to the story behind Alice in Wonderland (hence the name) but it was absolutely nothing like that. My reasons for stopping the drama at nine episodes are very sensible, so bear with me while I try to explain them all to you.

The storyline.  Oh my goodness the storyline. First of all they passed far too much eye water for my taste and there aren’t enough weakness tissues in the world. I understand some tears in a drama but they literally cried at least three times in every episode. I don’t mean small tears, like “I got something in my eye get it out!” but full blown tears. The kind you see in Hayao Miyazaki movies.  I consider myself a very happy person so I don’t like it when people cry and so I try to avoid watching things where there’s too many negative emotions (I can handle happy tears). Which includes, but is not limited to, the k-dramas I watch. I tend to only invest myself in dramas where I know they are going to end up together or happy in some way. This is one reason why I stopped watching Cheongdam-dong Alice because they were not going to be truly happy in the end. Anyways, they cried all the time so it became known as “the drama in which they cry every five minutes” in my household and in turn made it so that I watched the drama all by myself whereas I usually watch them with my mom. I was okay with that and proceeded to watch the drama until Moon Geun-Young’s character, Han Se Kyung, changed. She used to be a Candy (a girl in very popular anime) until a series of unfortunate events took place and caused her to turn into a money-hungry, heartless, willing-to-do-anything-including-breaking-somebody’s-heart witch. Aigoo, so frustrating! And the worst part about it is she is not going to change. Not for real anyways. So, because I am impatient, I stopped the ninth episode with about five minutes left and looked up the ending to Cheongdam-dong Alice. And get this…SHE NEVER CHANGES! Somewhere along the line her love interest, Park Shi Hoo (or Jean Thierry Cha/ Cha Sung Jo) who plays our Mad Hatter, finds out that she’s been using him for his money and they break up. Did anybody expect that? Note: Sarcasm.

Mini rant break: Why can’t she just tell him the truth? She liked him when he was Secretary Kim, way before she found out he was the president. I’m telling you it was that friend of hers, Choi Ah Jung, in the seventh or eighth episode she kept on going: be candy, be candy, get your money, be candy! Ahh, 진짜! [Jin-jjah—which means “really” in Korean]. If you don’t understand I suggest you don’t watch the drama. I am saving you 16 hours of disappointment.

Moving on, In the end they end up together but the whole time they are both going to be wondering if she’s being her true self or is pretending to be who he likes so that she can continue to use him for his money therefore making it so that he can’t trust her. YAY HAPPY ENDING! NO. Not a happy ending, it’s very dissatisfying and leaves the watcher wanting to blow up the writers. Whose brilliant idea was that? “Let’s make everybody absolutely hate the leading character and the ending confusing! 짱! [jjang—which means “the best” in Korean]” Is that what they thought? Because if it is they succeeded. Aishh…

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Anyways, the reason I mentioned Cheongdam-dong Alice is because while watching it I considered it to be a really great aid to learning Korean. They said a lot of words that I recognized from my studies and they also spoke a little French which I am also learning (graduation requirement). {Also you can try Seducing Mr. Perfect with the ever so handsome Daniel Henney, where they speak Korean and English throughout the entire thing. Not to mention its funny and they have that “Happy Ending” I was telling you about.} Hopefully this will be the last time I rant in my posts, and I will now be moving onto the real reason for this:

I have yet to completely learn Hangeul.

I watched a video where the girl said that learning Hangeul would only take an hour. LIAR! If I could say that in Korean, I would. But, cut me some slack, I am still learning. Even though I have yet to learn Hangeul, I have still gone forward with taking the lessons offered online for free. I am using this free software called Talk to Me in Korean. I still use other videos and lessons offered by other people such as sweetandtastyTV and BusyAtomdotcom, but only as a reference or to clear up some things I may not understand when they teach it at TTMIK. For example: in level 1 lesson 1 of their curriculum, they go over how to say hello and thank you in Korean. 안녕하세요 [an-nyeong-ha-se-yo] and 감사합니다 [gam-sa-hap-ni-da], respectively. The way they pronounce 감사합니다 (gamsahaMnida) is different than how they spell it (gamsahaPnida). Their explanation was not very helpful for me so I did some follow up research and found the following video:

Click the picture to get to the video! 🙂

In which the man narrating explains why it is pronounced this way. This was very helpful for me and hopefully it will be just as helpful for you if you decide to learn or are learning the Korean language. I have completed six of the twenty-five lessons provided for the first level on the TTMIK website (here) and I use the words I learned here and words that I learned on my own through my obsessive watching of k-dramas in everyday life. I am not going to lie I took an extensive break from learning Korean (a few weeks) which is why I am only on lesson six but I still speak the language regularly when talking to my sisters and mom and listen to k-pop whenever I get the chance to. There are a few things I recognized upon starting to learn the language:

1. I really started to notice how I speak my mother language (English) and how weird English is to begin with. When writing, like I am doing now, I ponder the fact that a native Korean would probably not understand a word that I am saying (or typing, in this case) and when they write I haven’t one clue what they are saying. It’s actually quite cool.

2. When listening to music, I wonder if somebody is trying to learn English through the music we make here in the States. Like, could you imagine trying to learn English through that one Soulja Boy song that is very grammatically incorrect called “Crank that”? If a person was learning English through his music they would sound really dumb, no offence. And I wonder if Koreans have some music like that. Sense I don’t speak Korean fluently yet, I don’t understand everything they say in their music. Do they not completely pronounce their words or slur some of them together like we do in our music? If you find a song where they do that, tell me so that I can avoid it like the plague and don’t sound like an idiot saying what they are saying when talking in an everyday conversation.

3. I have put a few things into perspective. Korean’s have the same things we do in speaking English. They have slang and a certain way they might pronounce a certain word or letter. The way I say tomato may be different then the way you say it and the way I say potato may be different then the way you say potato.  Same with Koreans.

4. And also I have realized that I am going to need to start from the very bottom of learning Korean. Meaning, if I were to go to school in Korea I would be put in a preschool class because I know so little Korean that I couldn’t be in a kindergarten class. It’s quite pitiful actually. But it’s also the truth. The first step is admitting it.

I am going to stop here because this post turned out to be a lot longer than I had expected. I shall continue later.

Videos I am using as I learn Hangeul:

Learn Korean 1: Pronouncing the Alphabet. (Didn’t really help, but I am going to try the second video in the series.)

Learn to read and write Hangeul – Part 1 by TalkToMeInKorean.com (this one helped a lot more and I am going to continue with learning through this series as well as the first)

Question:

What is your favorite k-group? Girls Generation? 2ne1? Exo-K? Miss A? CN-Blue? Shinee? Super Junior? I could go on forever. 안녕히 계세요! Good bye! — Sage

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Journey to Fluency: Korean

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First off I’d like to say, Welcome to my blog! This is my very first blog post on SagedandConfused, If you haven’t read my about me page (or Philiosophia—Love of Sage page) you don’t know this, but I love K-culture. When I say K-culture I mean things pertaining to K-pop and K-dramas. I‘ve developed such a fondness to it that I’ve decided to learn the Korean language and chronicle it on this blog among other things. I will conquer this feat using free online services (I shall post said services later on in the post). Though I will be practicing everyday, I plan to post to this once a week giving progress and things that I have figured out and can hopefully explain to you guys. It is said that to learn any language you need to have a solid foundation for why you are doing it and a passion for the language. I believe I have that but, we’ll see. 

Why I Want to Learn the Language

Professor Oh, from sweetandtastyTV on youtube, posts videos every Wednesday to teach  popular Korean words through a segment called KWOW: Korean Word of the Week (say it with a whisper)

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I started watching her videos a while ago and thought immediately she was… unique. Maybe it was her many characters. Her style of teaching is different, to say the least, and I won’t lie—I didn’t finish the video and did not visit her again for a few months. But when I did happen to come across one of her videos again, I finished it and found the information that she was giving to be very helpful. I continued to watch her videos and found that she was not weird, but entertaining and her material was useful. In the corner of her videos I saw that she had a blog: sweetandtasyTV.com and in the description she posts links to said blog and after a few videos of noticing it I finally clicked on it. On the home page I saw an article from guest host Jason Yu from Green Tea Graffiti on learning Korean for newcomers. To put it in a few words, the post was very inspiring and this along with the music and Dramas I watch was what really made me want to learn Korean. Thus Journey to Fluency was born (this is where you clap and jump up and down for joy. I’m just kidding. Kind of.). (Link to Jason Yu’s guest post here)

Anyways, I’ve seen and watched a lot of videos and read a lot of articles on learning Korean and most of them are either scams, in my opinion, or don’t help much (an individual’s learning style for a lot of people is different so what I might find helpful you may not). After tons of research I narrowed it down to a few select people.

Korean Bloggers and Youtubers:

– Hyunwoo Sun and Associates at Talk to Me in Korean (TTMIK—he also has a youtube page here and TTMIK has a youtube page here)

– Professor Oh and Friends at sweetandtastyTV

– The good people at Korean Class 101 (Click here for a link to their youtube page) and

– Satish at TOPIKGUIDE (Test of Proficiency in Korea)

If the above list changes (if it is added to or taken away from) you will be informed. 🙂

What’s the Plan of Action?

This POA is based on the article on SweetandTastyTV’s blog (Warning: order may change later on, but then again it may not):

  1. Learn the Korean alphabet (Hangul)
  2. Learn basic Korean
    1. learn how to introduce myself
    2. learn how to greet in Korean
  3. Learn the most commonly used verbs
  4. Learn the most commonly used nouns
  5. Learn the most commonly used adjectives
  6. Learn how to form sentences

How I Will Go About My Plan of Action:

So here’s what’s going to happen: After learning the alphabet, I am going to start out using the lessons that are provided on talktomeinkorean.com for beginners. I will do two lessons a week, giving myself time to insert what I’ve learned into everyday conversations. I will watch videos, keep notes and listen to music to help keep me sharp.

So… ready to start on this sensational journey to fluency? I’m not! I’m just kidding, of course I am. OR am I? The world will never know. Or will it?

I have a few questions for you:

What was the first k-drama you’ve watched (if you watch them)? And what was the first k-pop song you listened to?

My answers:

First k-drama? Boys Over Flowers (or Boys Before Flowers)

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First Kpop song i ever listened to? Girls Generation’s: The Boys!