Like Rain, Like Music (비처럼 음악처럼), One Rainy Evening (비오는 어느 저녁)

Rainy Night

Like Rain, Like Music (비처럼 음악처럼) and One Rainy Evening (비오는 어느 저녁) are from Kim Hyun Sik III, the third album of Kim Hyun Sik (김현식, 1958-1990). These songs and the album are now considered a classic in Korean popular music, the album ranking at number 13 of the all time best albums compiled by the Kyunghyang Daily News.
Kim is one of the greatest singers Korea has ever had, known for vocal prowess and interpretation of music. Memorable music and the short lived fame made him a legend in Korea.


비처럼 음악처럼


비가 내리고 음악이 흐르면 난 당신을 생각해요
당신이 떠나시던 그 밤에 이렇게 비가 왔어요

비가 내리고 음악이 흐르면 난 당신을 생각해요
당신이 떠나시던 그 밤에 이렇게 비가 왔어요

난 오늘도 이 비를 맞으며 하루를 그냥 보내요
아름다운 음악같은 우리의 사랑의 이야기들은
흐르는 비처럼 너무 아프기 때문이죠

난 오늘도 이 비를 맞으며 하루를 그냥보내요
아름다운 음악같은 우리의 사랑의 이야기들은
흐르는 비처럼 너무 아프기 때문이죠

그렇게 아픈 비가 왔어요

Like Rain, Like Music


When it rains and the music plays I get to think of you
It was raining like it is now the night you were leaving

When it rains and the music plays I get to think of you
It was raining like it is now the night you were leaving

Again I idle away the day getting soaked in the rain
As the stories of our love are like the beautiful music
Breaking my heart like the drifty falling rain

Again I idle away the day getting soaked in the rain
As the stories of our love are like the beautiful music
Breaking my heart like the drifty falling rain

Such a pained rain fell

비오는 어느 저녁


비오는 어느 저녁 골목길 거닐다
낯설은 담벼락 기대어 빗소리 듣고 있었네

축축이 젖어드는 내 품에 너는 안겨
희미한 가로등 불빛 새로 빗줄기 바라보면서

아, 내리는 비야
멈추지 말아다오 내 마음 흠뻑 적셔다오

어디서 들려오나 흥겨운 옛노래
외로운 내 마음 달래주는 그리운 옛노래여

One Rainy Evening


Strolling down an alley one rainy evening
I was listening to the rain leaning against a wall

With you in my arms, soaked in the falling rain
Staring at the streaking rain in the dim street light

Ah, the falling rain
Let it keep pouring, let it drench out my heart

Where is it coming from, an upbeat old song
A sweet old time tune soothing my lonesome soul


Kim Hyun Sik

Kim Hyun Sik is probably the most respected singer of the 80s. He was a musician through and through, giving all he’s got to music until the last moment of his life. Through his dedication and talent he enriched the Korean music scene tremendously and influenced many others.

His music may be categorized as a bluesy rock, with a good dose of Korean traditional slow tunes commonly called trot (트로트), similar to Japanese Enka. He had a rich timbre which he honed to perfection, and a canny sense to interpret and improvise for the greatest emotional impact, with a very skillful ad-libbing to boot. All these combined to create songs that had a direct and raw appeal to your heart and which seemed to transcend all the musical trappings. He is certainly one of the best all around singers, and probably the very best when it comes to Korean style blues ballads. Kim Hyun Sik III, which is considered his best album, contains some of the finest of his songs.

Like Rain, Like Music is on the more refined side of Kim’s songs, with a controlled and measured delivery. In a mood of composed sadness, he delivers the emotions of rueful recollection with sublime beauty.

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One Rainy Evening is typical of his songs, belting out the pathos in all his soulful outpourings. He is right in his element here, in a territory he loves best.

But alas, Kim Hyun Sik might have been too deeply absorbed in his music, as he had a wild, unrestrained lifestyle with little concern for anything outside of music. He drank heavily and had a temperamental disposition, so that control of emotional and behavioral excesses was relegated to the periphery of his mind. Wild stories of brawls and other mishaps abound. All these vices finally caught up with him and his health deteriorated rapidly toward the end of the 80s. Eventually cirrhosis got the better of him from all the booze and abusive ways. Even then he continued to preoccupy himself only with his music, making a precarious excursions out of the hospital to record songs, or singing into a tape recorder microphone on his sickbed. He passed away in November of 1990, leaving some of the most heartfelt songs he made while death was looking at him squarely in the face.

Kim’s was one of the sad entertainer stories of the 90s, which there seemed to be all too many.

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