If there’s one thing that most K-pop fans would agree on, it’s that Girls’ Generation’s Taeyeon is one of the best vocalists in the K-pop circuit. The lead vocalist of the group is known for her power pipes, sweet vocals and versatile vocal acrobatics, which allow her to easily straddle between ballads and high-energy pop numbers. With her immense talent, it’s no surprise then that she has made her solo debut—and a successful one, at that.
The 29-year-old further proved her mettle through her first solo concert in Singapore last weekend, ‘s… TAEYEON CONCERT. The concert was her second show in Singapore in four months, having performed at the Hallyu Pop Fest last September. While the latter provided fans a preview of what her solo stages are like, the concert served up the full course—including costumes, stage props and performances accompanied by a live band. We’ve mentioned it before, but a live band truly highlights a singer’s musical abilities and Taeyeon’s shone during the show, whether it’s on fast-tempo track “Cover Up” or mid-tempo number “I”.
During the concert, she also made it a point to banter with fans—one lucky fan who wore a Kaonashi (character from Spirited Away) mask even got her attention! She joked, “If I were to dislike Kaonashi from Spirited Away, what would you do?” What was even funnier was her reaction to the translator translating “Kaonashi” as “No face”.
Apart from showing off her personality, she also shared insightful thoughts. At one point, she also revealed that it was an emotional day for her because it was the last day of her concert tour. While singing an unreleased song, “Gravity”, she teared up, before apologising for crying at the end of the song.
Here are some of her golden quips.
“There are so many things that are waiting for me so I don’t have the time to think of the past. Because what has passed won’t come back. That’s why I feel a bit sad. Maybe that’s why I don’t like the past—because it doesn’t come back.”
“There’s a New Year resolution I made. I wanted to make last year a year that I found out about myself. I wanted to make this year the year that I find out and experiment a lot of things. But now that I think about it, I want to spend more time to better control myself and make a ‘me’ out if it.”
“I feel that because there’s somewhat of a bitterness when I think of the past, so for self-preservation, I don’t think about it. … As the emotions that you are feeling right now and the time we spend together will not come back again, I hope you’ll enjoy our time together.”
“I’m a bit fearful because I feel like I’m drifting here and there, but I think that this is also an aspect that I have to overcome. The reason why I’m saying this is because I want to know if there are people who empathise and feel the same way.”
“There are so many people here and so many emotions. I find it so fascinating and I need to cherish the fact that so many of you are here for this one person, and that’s me. So I do feel a sense of responsibility and I will work hard to be an even better version of myself. There are many fans who say that they listen to my song when they are having a hard time. To me as well, I have so many expectations of you guys. I have nothing much else to say, except let’s be healthy. Let’s be happy.”
Images: IMC Live Global, Taeyeon’s Instagram