Ung-kyun Yim, who'd sing [Mil-Yang
A-ri-rang] magnificently, who'd
take his handkerchief out of
his pocket and wave it while
he sang. With the highest popularity
through [Open Concert] his life
is different from any other
ordinary vocalists. With only
a few months of lessons during
his 3rd grade in high school,
got him in the Vocal class of
Yon-Sei University as first.
With only 300million won he
left for Italy to study, rather
it was more like an asceticism.
Plunging forward on this side
and dashing in on that, the
hot blooded [fellow] vocalist.
Let's ear about his younger
life he claims to have shed
many tears in.
When I speak my voice is
very think and loud. When I
scold my students the whole
music academy would ring with
the sonorous sound.
all ask, "Aren't vocalists
supposed to save their voices?"
I'd always reply with my 'steel
theory'. I want my voiced tempered
like steel. So I use vocalization
when speak and even when I snore,
I'm just temperingmy voice.
Of course steel can break. But
on the other hand, it gets used
importantly. Even if it breaks
and I live shortly, I'd rather
live as steel during that short
My blood was always
hot. I hot blood had been boiling
since my child years. At our
neighborhood, the Yim's family's
third son was known as malicious.
It must have been when I was
in 4th grade at elementary school.
Before then, I was kind of timid.
It was after we got ruined making
us leave the 60room house and
move to Tuk-sum. Our family
has 6 sons. Our whole family
lived in one room, so at the
house owner's point of view,
we were a nuisance. At that
time, I knew the sorrow of living
in a rent room, and I was taught
to watch to make sure I didn't
anger the owner. This is how
I lived when I got into a fight
with the bully of the village.
For years I was his follower
and one day I had raised upon
him. The opponent soon had a
bleeding nose and started had
started to cry. The fight had
been slightly boring. When I
was young, I was strangers with
music. However if I did have
some relation, it was that my
mother sung very well. After
she got married, she had even
enrolled in the vocal class
Suk-myung Womans University,
but she got pregnant and didn't
get to fill her ambition. And
the child she bore was me. Being
poor, I couldn't learn the piano
and my music grades were poor.
My voice was unbelievably resonant
and I got slapped on my cheek
from my teacher when I was in
5th grade. I had only sung it
the way the music said, 'more
and more harder'. In the end
my music score was very poor.
Also during my first grade of
middle school I had problems
because of my loud voice. The
teacher gave me 59 for not singing
it quietly and prettily. I'd
flunked. So that was why I had
no idea that I had talent in
music. But in 2nd grade, my
teacher, Song-mae Lee was different.
Suprisingly he praised me, "You
have an unbelievable voice that
must do vocal.". My courage
doubled, I got a habit 'singing
with a loud voice'. At the time
the owner of our neighborhood
reading room had a great baritone.
Every evening while he walked
down the road he would sing,
'Oh Sole mio' or 'Catari'
and it would look so classy. I had
also started going around the
neighborhood singing with a
loud voice, imitating that man.
After school, if I would start
singing from outside the neighborhood,
the village people would say,
'Ung-kyun must be coming.' The
songs 'Send me to my hometown',
'Want to go', 'My mind' were
my regular reportory.