[Trans] Part 3: Star Column with CNBLUE Lee Jonghyun - CNBLUE, To Eternal Friendship

CNBLUE's Lee Jonghyun. A Western-looking guitar player who does not talk much. That's what we knew about him. His love and passion for music is bigger than anyone else. CNBLUE's Lee Jonghyun has grown.

Before debuting in Korea, they had already done street performances in Japan and after a successful debut, they performed throughout Asia, including Japan, Taiwan and Thailand. Furthermore, they also performed in LA, United States and also the birthplace of rock, Britain. They're planning to achieve a bigger target. CNBLUE's future  is rapidly growing. Now, let's cheer for their future success. 

*Lee Jonghyun's write up starts here*

"We also want to be like the 4 (AGD) Gentlemen"
Quartet boy band CNBLUE. There's Jung Yonghwa, the leader and the main vocalist, bassist Lee Jungshin, drummer Kang Minhyuk and there's me, the guitarist. We debuted in 2010 and this is our third year together.

As time passes by, the members get to know each other well and we support each other like brothers.
Me as Collin, and Minhyuk as "My Husband Got A FamilySegwang, who was the busiest. Yonghwa Hyung was given time to rest. In the past, we were the ones who waited for Yonghwa Hyung to come home but now it's the opposite. Yonghwa Hyung would be sending message "I'm alone..it's lonely", mixed with complains and funny jokes, and he's the person that is the most proud seeing us doing well.  

Yonghwa is the brother who is full of spirit. Even though the work he's doing is hard, he rarely expressed what he feels towards us his younger brothers. I feel reassured at the thought of having such a strong older brother.

The person that played the biggest role in letting people know who CNBLUE is of course Yonghwa Hyung. He made CNBLUE known not only by just singing on stages but also by acting in dramas and appearing in variety shows. He's always tired when he comes back to the dorm but he never failed to put on a smiling face to the younger brothers. I always feel sorry when I see his smile but at the same time I am always thankful to him. My personality is blunt and therefore I don't express my feelings well, but in my heart he's always there. Yonghwa Hyung, thank you.

Jungshin and Minhyuk, my two younger brothers, are the same too. You are a treasure to me and what we have cannot be changed.

Minhyuk and Jungshin, being the youngest of the team, it must have been difficult. Sometimes it must have been hard for you because there are times when the older brothers would be complaining, but the two of you are mature and for that, thank you. The drama made us spend less time talking to each other, especially Minhyuk. Minhyuk with his busy schedule, spent all his time filming his drama.  

But because of that, our relationship grew stronger. Then one day Minhyuk said to me that he wanted us to be like the 4 gentlemen from "A Gentleman's Dignity". It looked like he was just saying it, but actually he was serious. I've also thought about it, so I was moved (T/N: because Minhyuk also thinks the same).

Not only the two of us, but the other members felt the same way too after watching "A Gentleman's Dignity". "Let's live like those four gentlemen," we said. It would be great if the four of us in CNBLUE could grow up to be great men too, just like the four gentlemen, with  our long and close relationship that we can flaunt of as we live together.

We lived together before the debut, especially in Japan where there was no one else but ourselves to turn to, we get deeply attached to each other. That's why the members don't see why I can't be good as Collin in the drama. Since I was also busy filming during the week, so we only meet about 2 or 3 days a week. Before, when I always see them every day, I don't really feel the importance of having them by my side. So, every weekend we would all get together and had our bonding time. Usually, we would joke around, and since we don't meet each other for a long time, I'm glad that instead, we stayed in one room and played together. Even though I don't show it, but deep down inside "I'm really happy", that's what I feel.

After Minhyuk's drama and my drama finished airing, the four of us really wanted to spend time together, but the baton of acting was then passed to Jungshin. He had been practicing a lot and seems to be tensed a lot like I did too, but I hope he will do well. Lee Jungshin hwaiting!

And the same goes to the other members of CNBLUE. In the future too, just like what we are now, we'll build up good memories and we'll look forward to the day when we will not only be known in Korea but also as the world's leading band.

“Music is my blood”
I stopped being involved in sports during my high school years, and from then on I started doing music. Being alone as a kid, there was a lot of time for me to think. My parents were both working, so during those time I thought of several ideas and later set up a plan.

The momentum was from there. I made a concrete plan in order to persuade my parents. The educational approach in our house was "take care of yourself", so I had to be very cautious since I would be responsible for all the things I did.

In fact, the first time I said I wanted to do music, my parents didn't like it. So, in the mean time, my mom and dad left me and asked me of what to look forward for if I wanted to become a singer and planned about my decision. In short, it’s like a briefing for my future.  Silently, my parents started to trust me. From then on I had to try my best for the sake of  the faith and trust my parents have given me.  

Music. I had to really practice it, since I started late than the others. I tried my best when I'm at the academy. Now, it’s still the same. If someone complimented me by saying “It’s really good”, I will just shake my head. “I still have a long way to go”, that’s what I think.

When I started acting, I felt like music still fills the void that acting cannot, that's why music is something that I can't neglect. Acting is something that I need to finish once I started (T/N: like acting in drama, it has a certain time frame), but music is my lifetime companion.

In my mind I wanted to do my best while filming for “A Gentleman's Dignity”, so in order to do that I had to practice a lot and I lack sleep. Naturally, I also had to cut down the time for my guitar and singing practice.
That was quite stressful for me. This was something that I have always insist on doing, one of my daily routines which was practicing together with the members. I would be practicing together with the members until 12am, and the next day I had to shoot early in the morning. My body was a bit tired, but the mind was a bit relaxed and it still seems to live. While I attained the energy for the next day, music was my driving force.
I really think that I need to do music steadily. Since I had to practice 4-5 hours a day, my mind is focused on music, so I will continue to do it in the future.

My craving for music deepens by the aspirations that we got through our street performances in Japan.
Our street performances in Japan had pushed our dream that we had before our debut.  Physically and mentally we were very dense, but we did our best towards “the dream”. Those days, if it weren't for the passion of music; we wouldn't have this kind of great friendship between us.

I play guitar and would only do the chorus part from behind as Yonghwa Hyung's vocal. But all of sudden I had to stand in place of the main vocalist on behalf of Yonghwa Hyung. Hyung was sent back to Korea during that time to shoot for a drama, leaving only Minhyuk, Jungshin and me. The three of us had to schedule all the Japan’s shows and had to continue everything. The position was completely longer (T/N: now that he also had to sing as main vocal), and for the first time I was feeling puzzled and even scared. The members and I couldn't believe that we managed to get through that.

Because of that opportunity, I was able to grow more in terms of music. Particularly for my vocal, and I made my own songs that makes me looked desirous. It's really valuable to be able to tell things in making good songs. When someone is comforted through my songs, I’m touched. That was what made me really happy and this feeling is impossible to be replaced.

At first when we started our street performance, no one was looking forward for it. It’s an empty street. But we tried to gather fans, little by little until a few thousand seats filled in a large scale venue. Without them there would be no CNBLUE, and I won't even be here as Lee Jonghyun.

I think that CNBLUE can still be here till today because of our fans who love our music. Starting from Asia Tour, we went to Los Angeles in the US and now we have performed in as far as UK. The day has finally come, as it has always been our wish to play instruments and have our voices heard at the Home of Rock. From the start we have always been grateful and I will do my best over the time to become a band that will be loved for many people.

CNBLUE Lee Jonghyun will always try to give the best. Hwaiting!!

*translation for his signature: CN Jonghyun - Thanks for reading all this while! ♥

Original article: Naver
Translated by: syapotter & norleecious @ CNBLUEBEAT
Edited by: fizzyhassan @ CNBLUESTORM

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