Today is Jonghyun’s 30th birthday (31 in Korean age). He was enamored by the moon’s phases, location and movements, and wrote several songs about it. I got to see his first public performance of “Beautiful Tonight” in 2013 during my trip to Seoul.
Here is another song about the moon, which he wrote for SHINee to perform (“The Distance Between Us/Selene 6.23“; English lyrics included). This song is particularly meaningful to me as an American Shawol.
Jonghyun also wrote lyrics for and channeled Prince to croon the song “Moon.” Here is a live performance of the song. Jonghyun does his thing on stage, the place he found a direct connection to both Shawols and Blingers (the name of the subfan group for Jonghyun).
Thankful for the gifts he left and the memories he made.