Want to know what’s making me happy right now? That smile…the one in the picture above. As our access to idols – who, despite common misconception, are humans with private lives – is limited. We don’t get to see the everyday ups and downs. We usually only see the carefully crafted concept that they either adopted or were assigned by some suit in the company. For the last couple of years, though, Bang Yong Guk has been very open about his frequent downs. He, along with all of the former members of BAP, has had a rough go at stardom and it has taken its toll in many ways.
For all intense and purposes, the song and MV for Bang’s newest release feels like a joyful moment in his career, like a celebration of sorts that he is making music for himself that he wants to make. The MV is a kind of comfortable and casual look into the behind the scenes work of recording a song. It’s sunshine and couches, comfy clothes and computers. Coming Home is an upbeat song that takes advantage of Bang’s low tone and deep voice without sounding dark in any way. It feels like a personal victory.
And while it may be that as well, it’s actually his contribution to an OST. This song is on the soundtrack for the MBC documentary Coming Home, A Hundred Years Later commemorating the establishment of the Provincial Government of the Republic of Korea. I haven’t seen it, nor do I know where it’s available…I haven’t been able to pin it down. But I do love a good doc and if the OST is at all representative of the final product, I’m all in if we can get our hands on it.
Coming Home, Bang Yong Guk