A guy strumming his guitar singing sweet and sensitive songs about love. Who could it be? Jason Mraz? John Mayer? Chris Isaak? Kris Allen? Ryan Adams? James Morrison? Let’s face it, the possibilities are endless.
Now, let’s add a qualifying adjective in there: an Asian-American guy strumming his guitar singing sweet and sensitive songs about love. Hmm. Narrows down the field quite a bit, wouldn’t you say? Well, we can now add a fellow by the name of David Choi to the list at least. I don’t know much about him except that he’s Korean-American (fellow gyopo, yay), he’s gotten some buzz on Youtube, and as a result, he’s gotten several mentions on Korean entertainment programs, which is how I found him.
I looked him up on Youtube, curious, and I’m happy to report that the guy is GOOD! I’ve been listening to “Won’t Even Start” everyday for the last week, and it’s just a sweet, wistful song of restrained misery following a break-up. Trust me, I’m not saying it’s good just because of some communal sense of Korean-American brotherhood. In fact, if David was terrible, I would actually be more likely to judge him harsher as a fellow Korean-American. It’s because of something called the Black Sheep Effect, where a person perceives a fellow in-group member’s negative actions even more negatively than members of other, unrelated groups, because the negative behavior also threatens the person’s perception of himself and the group that he is a member of himself. It may sound confusing, but it’s actually quite interesting, and for full disclosure, my Senior Project as an undergraduate psych major was on the Black Sheep Effect.
Anyhow, back to David. “Won’t Even Start” is a great song, and I also love his cover of Britney Spears’ “Womanizer.” I hope you like it, too.