Friday, January 1, 2016

Jan. 1, 2016: "We Must Say Goodbye" (or kicking out 2015!!)


Hello and a 'rowdy howdy' to 2016... I hope it's better for all of us. First, I'd like to say 'thank you' to our blog event hosts... (yep, they've signed on for another round), Ha!


Also, 'thank you' to all BOTB participants and voters!!! Hope you'll hang with us this year!

We feature two different recordings of the same song. Listen to both, and then vote for the song version you like the best. Feel free to leave me a comment, along with your vote. Our battles take place twice a month ~ on the 1st and 15th. The results come six days later ~ on the 7th and 21st. That's when I return, add all of the votes, including mine, and announce the winner. Feel free to return and see if your choice won. 

If you would like to listen, and vote in other battles, please see the participant list in the right hand margin. If you would like to join this bi-monthly blog-event, visit the blog host, Stephen T. McCarthy. Leave him a message, and your blog address. We would love to have you participate.

I'm kicking off 2016 with something different; a movie soundtrack I totally love. Today we're visiting South Korea. Since we're saying goodbye to 2015, I thought it appropriate to introduce a song to send us along!

Today's song: "We Must Say Goodbye"

This song was written by a Hong Kong composer & singer, Kim Hyun Chul. This 46 year old from South Korea is a composer, actor, singer and loves skiing! His version was featured in the movie.

Movie Soundtrack Information: 

Il Mare, (venue: "time-transcending love") is a 2000 South Korean film, starring Jun Ji-hyun and Lee Jung-jae. The title, Il Mare, means "The Sea" in Italian, and is the name of the seaside house which is the setting of the story. The two protagonists both live there two years apart in time, but are able to communicate through a mysterious mailbox.

Warner Brothers acquired the rights for an American remake, titled The Lake House, starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock. It was released on June 16, 2006 and was co-produced by Sonny Mallhi, Amit Walia, and Chris Krapek. To reference the original movie, "Il Mare" was used as the restaurant's name where Kate and Alex are supposed to meet.

Today's challengers:  1- Kim Hyun Chul sings it in English with full orchestration. (There's a minor mistake on one line of lyrics.)

                                    2- "Pianoheart" - makes, produces and markets music in original arrangements and modern orchestra pieces. We are based in Finland and our international projects have already involved over 90 countries worldwide, including today's featured version, from Korea. This is a haunting solo instrumental. (There is no specific artist listed on this video or on the "Pianoheart" website.)

Which one will you choose... the vocal or the solo piano? Enjoy!