The amazing story about the singer behind Shin Min Ah's trot song in Oh My Venus
Shin Min Ah practically brought down the house when she sang a trot song in Oh My Venus. Trot songs form a distinctive Korean genre that started in the early 1900s and are now more associated with traditional music. One particular trot song was a mega hit last year in South Korea among Koreans young and old. Find out more about the amazing and inspiring story of Lee Ae Ran, the original singer of "Hundred Years of Life."
The song's singer, Lee Ae Ran, has lived a very difficult life. She is 53 and has struggled almost all her adult life to become recognized as a singer.
Because she didn't have her own song, she would take on any gig to sing and make a living. She said, "I would go to nursing homes, senior homes, outdoor food markets, wherever there was a singing opportunity." She never married and also got into high debt while supporting her sick mother and 4 younger siblings. Even after becoming successful now, she is still living at her married sister's home, according to reports.
Despite the hardships that she has endured for 26 years, she continues to sing. Her struggles and eventual success have touched anyone who has watched her sing the song. The lyrics in the song are particularly poignant and inspirational when she sings how at 60, 70, 80, 90, and even 100 years old, she's not ready to depart this world because she is still useful and wants to do more.
If you watch the clip, you'll see Grandmother's reaction. It was huge!
The song is so popular and so well known throughout South Korea that it has inspired Kakao Talk, South Korea's most popular messenger app, to create emojis of the music video. It has been used in parodies and memes. The song is also among those K-pop songs used by South Korea in a propaganda counterattack following North Korea's recent alleged H-bomb announcement.
Now a nationally-known singer, Lee Ae Ran recently appeared on Infinity Challenge and sang the song with words adapted for the occasion of celebrating the show's 10-year anniversary. You can watch the fun segment on the fully English-subbed episode 109 from 01:13:00.
I laughed out loud when I first saw Shin Min Ah performing the song. Now that I've learned about Lee Ae Ran's real-life story, it's been helping my dry eye syndrome every time I hear the song. How about you?