A coalescence of BTS V’s (Kim Taehyung) musical composition and lyrics with his friend Peakboy, Snow Flower makes a fine substitute for warm hot chocolate in winter.

Official cover art for V’s Snow Flower

While there are many Christmas songs already pre-existing under the jazz and rock genres, the masses have their favourites and the more popular songs (of today and of all time) are geared to sound bell-like, using chimes, bells, organ, and tambourine to get qualities of tintinnabulation — and many carols are being performed with such. The height of melodies in vocal performances by bands, choirs, and (most especially) soloists are more naturally fitted…

BTS’ Kim Taehyung’s (a.k.a. V) Blue & Grey is the very heart of BTS’ BE album as it takes its delight in building and breaking its listeners — again and again.

BTS” Kim Taehyung, a.k.a. V in the teaser MV of Life Goes On

Originally composed and written (in English) by Taehyung for his mixtape, the acoustic pop ballad is one of the outstanding tracks to have come out of the South Korean boy group’s repertoire, as cited by fans and critics alike. But there’s much more to be said about Taehyung’s Blue & Grey as it triggers and evokes countless reactions and understandings of and beyond varying degrees.

Can something from the…

In BTS’ album Map of the Soul: 7, Kim Taehyung, a.k.a. V’s Inner Child, takes his listeners to their own emotional journey of nostalgia and maturity as the singer-songwriter himself retraces the painful yet worthwhile steps from adolescence to adulthood.

BTS’ V a.k.a. Kim Taehyung from 2014 to 2019. Images from BigHit; Cover by taefolio

Storytelling in songwriting

But first — Oh, how layered and complex this song is beneath its sincere lyrics! When I read that his solo song would be “a song to V’s past self back when he was going through a tough time”, I was instantly reminded his ending ment at 5th Muster Magic Shop in Seoul, where he was using the image of…

Right on the center in NPR Music’s BTS: Tiny Desk Concert, V, a.k.a. Kim Taehyung shows everyone how he not only adjusts but exceeds expectations as a baritone-type singing pop songs that are mostly keyed in consideration for the tenors of the group.

This is how Kim Taehyung painted the unique soundscape of his first solo song outside BTS, Scenery.

Scenery by V of BTS (Kim Taehyung)

the photographer and his camera — the musical characters and choices in “scenery”

Scenery is Taehyung’s first solo track outside of the group’s name — an ambitious almost five-minute ballad that I feel has two main characters at the forefront: Taehyung’s vocals and the brandish piano melody. The latter, I like to believe, is also an extended representation of Taehyung’s film camera — two vintage things. It helps create Scenery’s nostalgic vibe. …

In Winter Bear, Taehyung is a traveler not only in matters of space but also of time. We look into the lyrics, music and cinematography of Winter Bear to dissect Taehyung’s meanings.

Forewarning: this is filled with spoilers from About Time (2013) so if you haven’t watched it yet and want a wholesome experience of the film, do skip this long preamble especially the text which you will encounter soon! I added these spoilers for those who haven’t watched it but wish to understand how the movie was contextualised in Winter Bear. …

V, a.k.a. Kim Taehyung’s Sweet Night: a folksy-indie pop OST written in English, with the loveliest use of language mechanisms and touches of vulnerability. The title of the song itself sets the context, and what makes this night so particularly sweet?

Enjoying the view. Kim Da-mi as Jo Yi-seo and Park Seo-joon as Park Sae-royi in Itaewon Class

Soundtracks are tailored to stories. Music to match the visuals — the song to match a show, a drama. From one soundtrack lover to another, Taehyung knows this too for certain.

As he composed and wrote Sweet Night, Taehyung even lends his vocals to participate in Sweet Night’s narrative for the webtoon-based Korean drama, Itaewon Class.

On my pillow

Being also the director of Winter Bear MV, Taehyung incorporated the element and theme of photography in the MV and has been more detailed than we let on.

At most, you can buy a roll of regular 135 film with 36 frames. The standard numbers of shots you can make in a roll are 12, 24 and 36. Many photographers will buy 36 simply for convenience.

The light dodge and burn effects (what we call light leaks) found in the MV represent what happens to a film frame when exposed by light, when the shutter is being released. This…

In collaboration with RM, Taehyung gives us his internal monologue about the cycle of their every day and inclination with the blue hour through their music, vocals, and lyrics in 4 O’Clock.

Cover image of 4 O’Clock by R&V
Cover image of 4 O’Clock by R&V
cover image for 4 O’Clock

For this, I used bts-trans/bangtansubs’ translation as a frame of reference for the lyrical analysis as I feel it matched the nuances of the musical decisions and creative vision of RM and Taehyung the best and felt it naturally read more like a poem when it was translated to English.

Let’s also take some time to reread these fancafe posts from Taehyung and RM: they both gave a…


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