Music of my Heart

As a freshman/sophomore in high school, my music taste was influenced a bit by my brother. He would pick me up from school and have Korean music playing in his car. At the time, I wasn’t really familiar with it, but the more I listened, the more it caught on. I became a fan of BoA Kwon back then. Literally half of my iTunes consisted of her music.

At the end of my high school years, my friend at the time got me caught on Korean dramas, particularly, “Stairway to Heaven.”


This was my first introduction the the KPOP/KDrama culture.

I moved away to college and completely lost interest in for about 4 years.

After I graduated and moved back home, in my downtime I became a big fan of YouTube.

Anything from Wong Fu Productions to Just Kidding Films to AprilAthena7, I gravitated to a lot of Asian American based YouTubers for the relatable content and the “OMG me too!” moments because I am Asian American myself.

I don’t exactly remember how I stumbled upon the “1 Million Dance Studio”  YouTube channel, but I did. #SoriNa (OMG)

If I had to choose, I’d be her. But I digress.

If you are familiar with their channel, they base a lot of their choreography on not only Korean music, but also American mainstream music. One choreography that caught my eye was Sori Na’s choreography to Solo (by Jay Park feat. Yezi, Hoody, Loco) I looked up Jay Park and the rest was… HISTORY.

Next thing you know, I was listening to Jay Park 24/7. I looked up YouTube videos about him, to learn what he was about. The more I dug, the more I liked his music.

I started to watch various reaction videos to his music, specifically SALV & Family, which led me to first discovering BTS (a.k.a Bangtan Sonyeondon, Bulletproof Boy Scouts, Beyond the Scene) specifically their reaction to “Baepsae.” I found it entertaining.

This was right before BTS won their Billboard Music Award for Top Social Artist. I wasn’t really into their music at the time, but as I watched videos following that award, I realized how much of a breakthrough it was for Asian group to win the award. Again, I dove into more videos about them.

I am obsessed.

I am part of the ARMY FOR SURE.

I can watch their videos for hours at a time, listen to their music 24/7, watch RUN BTS! videos all day…

I think what has attributed to their popularity is you get to see past their “celebrity” facade. When you think of a ‘celebrity,’ you think they are in a different league than your own, due to the industry they are in. With BTS, having social media from the moment they started their journey, you never forget their ‘human’. The humility that these guys possess got them to where they are now. Also, you can clearly see the chemistry between members. I am attracted to chemistry. You can tell even as a fan that they enjoy what they do and care for one another.


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