While well-known musicians including Vivaldi, Handel, Bach, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Schumann, Liszt, Wagner, and Brahms were actively engaging in Venezia in Italy, Wien in Austria, Bonn in Germany, and Paris in France in the 17th and 18th centuries, England did not produce famous musicians. In fact, England could not pay much attention to music because they were suffering from war and political fluctuations for a long time. Henry Purcell (1659 - 1695) and Edward Elgar (1857-1934) are the only pure English composers whose works could be written in the musical history. However, the musical world in England at the time was not in a completely blank state. Composers including Handel, Haydn, and Mendelssohn went over to London and composed music which the English gentlemen would prefer. Especially in 1710, while all the people in London were paying special attention to Newton who published new theories about Calculus and the Universal Gravitation, Handel, who was naturalized as an England citizen, published music including ‘Messiah’ and ‘Water music’ and resolved the musical conflict the English were having.
However, there is a complete reversal in the beginning of the 20th century. No others could stand against the Beetles in England. The Beetles has thrilled the world during the golden age of the pop music in the 1960s, and the English celebrities including Elton John, Eric Clapton, and Paul McCartney became the center of the world in the 1970s. While the Americans were into their music, they were at heart looking forward to seeing American musicians. That was when the Eagles, the pride of the American music, hit the jackpot with the song ‘Hotel California’ in 1971 which was about the American dream. Since then, the Americans boasted that ¡°We have the Eagles while the English have the Beetles!¡±
In fact, America in the 18th century had not much well-known musicians except for Foster (1826-1864) who composed ‘Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair’, ‘My old Kentucky Home’, and ‘Oh, Susanna’. People were saying ‘Americans should better make steam engines rather than music.’ After many twists and turns, the New York Music Studio was established, but Dvork from Czech became the first director (1892-1895) instead of an American. However, America became the head of the musical world with the appearance of the Eagles, which was the best star band at the time.
Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit, who are now around the age of early 60s, had a performance in Korea for the first time in the Olympic Gymnastics Stadium in March 15th, 2011, after 40 years since they made the debut in 1971. With them were the road manager, tour manager, and those who are in charge of promotions, who helped the band for over 30 years. It is said that the performance was full of sensibility and caught the attention of the audiences. It was proven by the revenue of the performance, which was higher than that of Lady Gaga’s. The greatness of the Eagles is from both the sweetness of the music itself and also from the harmony of the members with the staff who have been working together for over 30 years.
The recent craze for the retro-style melody in Korea is in no doubt caused by the singer group C’est si bon. The members of the C’est si bon happen to be around the similar age as the members of the Eagles. They recently appeared in the popular TV program ‘Come to play’ by Jaesuk Yu and Wonhee Kim. They sang beautiful and moving songs which made the audiences feel nostalgic and brought back memories.
C’est si bon is a music hall that opened in Selin dong, Seoul in 1954. The place represented the culture of that time and served as the haven for young people. Singers including Youngnam Cho, Changsik Song, Hyungju Yun, Saehwan Kim, Janghee Lee made their debut with C’est si bon, and Sangbyuk Lee served as both the DJ and MC.
It has been 30 years since all of them made the debut. One generation had passed, but their ability to still move the audiences by heart did not come after just one or two years of practice. It has been years since they performed the song ‘Hotel California’, but they still practice after practice before going on to the stage. Their guitar performances which make the audiences let out exclamations surely does not come out without practice. I want to grow old just like them. Thank you for living at the same time period as me.
Haenam General Hospital, which celebrated its 30th opening ceremony on March 17th, 2011, also has a significant meaning. I want to argue that the driving force of the steady growth for over one generation is due to the harmony of the members of the hospital including Chief Dongguk Kim with outstanding leadership, Director Dongju Kim, Sangsu Kim, Youngsun Seo, Changson Oh, Junbeom Park, SangHyung Oh, Kwangsik Jeong, Yinkyung Lee, Youngsoon Park, Hyunok Nam, Hyunhee No, Kyunghee An, and Eunkyung Jeong. Also, the virtue of practicing noblesse oblige by establishing ‘Dongguk Kim Hall’ in Chosun University Hospital and donating about one hundred million won through Hangchon scholarship committee every year is one of the pride and joy of the hospital. I also received a citation in the opening ceremony of the hospital for working for 10 years.
My heart was not at ease when Chief Sunjoung Oh in the orthopedic office left Haenam General Hospital in March 26th, and while thinking of the nuclear accident in Japan where professor Gohda from the Division of Nephrology in Juntendo University, whom I thought as family in Boston, lives. However, we will meet once again in time after getting better.
April 12, 2011, Yang, Tae Young, Haenam
Currently the chief of the department of internal medicine, taeyoung21 clinic
Studied in Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School (2009-2010)
1) ‘Hotel California’, together with ‘Yesterday’ by the Beetles, ‘Love of my life’ by the Queen, and ‘Dancing Queen’ by ABBA (Sweden- became more popular by the musical ‘Mamma Mia’), are the Koreans’ most loved pop songs. Anyone who has played the guitar would probably have played the music before. This music is also played in the space station as the alarm music for the astronauts, and is also played in the prisons in Libya.
Picture: top (concert by the Eagles), middle (C’est si bon in ‘Come to play’), bottom (with Gohda’s family in Gohda’s house; my son is not here because he took the picture)