종현 생일이야! /It’s Jonghyun’s Birthday!

It’s April 8 in the Republic of Korea, so that means we can start celebrating Kim Jong-hyun’s 31st birthday (32 in Korean age).  Last week I watched SHINee’s first concert following most of the members’ completion of their mandatory military service (except Taemin, who is preparing to go). For three hours they sang live, covering Jonghyun’s sections, and also displaying definitive, yet subtle ways to include him in their performance. True to SHINee style, they were professional, positive, and electrifying; authentic and ethereal. 

There are several hallmarks to SHINee’s style/brand – one of them is their ability to fill in – with seemingly minimal effort – for other group members. This ability was on display during the concert, and simultaneously,  the role of Jonghyun’s presence and vocal color in the group was clear.  What is also clear is that they miss him, as a brother, very, very deeply – a fact, emotion, and void they share with SHINee World (Shawols) (for the record, I’m with Minho: SHINee is five.)

SHINee ended their explosive and emotional performance with Jonghyun’s masterpiece ballad, “Selene 6.23,” which, as I mentioned last year around this time, has special meaning not only due to Jonghyun’s physical transformation, but his dedication of the song to SHINee’s global fandom. 

Today, I’m sharing the last video he created for a song from his posthumously released album. The song, “빛이 나 /Shinin’ ” is a fun word play that highlights his affiliation with SHINee and his nickname – BlingBling.  I hope you enjoy it!

To The Poet, The Artist, The Soul of SHINee, and the Moon in SHINee World – you are profoundly missed and thought of so often, by so many – including me.

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