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On My Playlist ~ Think of You (안아줄래) [Taemin]

While it is easy to focus on all that went awry and continues to be wrong with 2020, I choose instead to focus on the one thing that single-handedly has saved this difficult year for me: Lee Taemin. Even though the world was pretty much in complete ruin when I woke up to his art and music in August, I think I happened upon Taemin at just the right time. I showed up on the verge of him releasing not one, but three albums (if you count his involvement with SuperM, and I do) which ended up being remedies I never knew I needed. That is, loneliness and isolation in need of comfort, and troubling times in need of a hero. Yes, in many ways, Taemin landed in my realm at the right time; and by way of music, art and his indelible smile, rescued 2020.

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Of Rediscovering Old Loves

Even though I am a baby Shawol, I think it is safe to say that in addition to carving a permanent place in my heart, SHINee has also carved their place in history as one of the most iconic groups in K-pop history. Please take a moment to dive into this beautifully written piece from Dreamspinner Extraordinaire.

 

A word of caution before you proceed. This will be a long post. If you’ve been following me for years, you might notice this one is the longest yet. …

Of Rediscovering Old Loves

 


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On My Playlist ~ God’s Menu [Stray Kids]

Back in February (which seems like ages ago now) I went to my first of what I thought would be many Kpop concerts in 2020: Stray Kids. I went without knowing anything about them other than they were part of the JYP family. I have been following them since and have to admit that their latest comeback has hit me like a wrecking ball, and that’s a good thing.

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On My Playlist ~ Remember [Winner]

If you were to ask me one word to describe the Korean group, Winner, I would say FAMILY. I would challenge anyone to show me a closer-knit group. To me, Winner has elevated past the general colleague-based relationship most professional groups have. Moreover, this feeling of family is not exclusive to the group itself. No. I think the group’s fandom Inner Circle would agree that it not only encompasses the relationship Yoon, Jinu, Hoon and Mino have with each other but, that it also extends further to their fans. Winner’s latest, the title track Remember on their newly released full album, brings the family together, soothes my fangirl heart, and waxes nostalgic in a way only Winner can.

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On My Playlist ~ Sunrise [Got7 JB]

I have to admit that over the past year I have been listening to more and more Korean R&B. So it stands to reason then that when a K-pop group, member(s) and/or sub-unit(s) within those groups take a trip on the R&B highway, I have been finding myself boarding that bus. Got7 is one of those groups. And even though they have been pumping out music since 2014, my sheltered, single-focused fangirl ears never wandered to have a listen. All I can say is this: I missed out . . . like in, missed the bus completely! Specifically where leader JB is concerned.

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[Announcement] Changing Lanes ~ The Fangirl Lane

So for months now I have been asking myself: What’s a fangirl to do when her bias changes lanes? Does she simply merge with that traffic and go with the flow? Or, does she take an exit to something new essentially following suit and . . . change lanes herself?

 

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The Fangirl Adventure Log Retires

Hello everyone! It has been a month now since my beloved G.O was discharged from his mandatory military service.  Some of you may be wondering why I have abruptly stopped writing about him since his discharge. I can assure you that it has nothing to do with a break in my love or support. It is just time to quietly retire this blog. It is clear that The Fangirl Adventure Log started out on one path but quickly became a vehicle to celebrate the artistry of G.O. From the moment I chose to include G.O on my very short list of K-Shots of Hot, the entire direction and indeed focus of the blog became an homage to him, and stayed that course through 17 February 2018. And while it is true that I could continue to write about his journey as a BJ [Broadcast Jockey] on the live streaming site AfreecaTV, I am choosing not to do so. I encourage all to check out his broadcasts which he began on the evening following his fan meeting on 24 February. He has gone live every night since at 10:00PM KST. As with any live broadcast, things can be unpredictable, but G.O seems to have found a nice groove as a BJ, is doing well and continues to expand his audience. I support him in this endeavor (and all he endeavors to do) and always look forward to each new broadcast.

You can also connect with G.O on his YouTube Channel and at his Naver Cafe.

As for The Fangirl Adventure Log, all the content presently contained here will remain [with the exception of any broken YouTube links – I have no control over those which are not mine]. So if you want to revisit the days we counted down towards G.O’s military discharge, you are are always welcome, as each of those 730 days (and more) will be here to greet you.

Thank you so much for supporting me in my own blogging journey. I may return to blog about something new in the future.

Many heartfelt thanks and love to you all.

~♥~


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The End Is Only The Beginning ~ Welcome Back, G.O!

And with a huge sigh and jubilant smile I can finally say . . . G.O has successfully completed his military service!!  This end however signifies a greater beginning. In less than one week’s time we will get what many of us have longed for since he enlisted (and perhaps even before that): a new song!! Yes, back on 10 February, when he chatted with his fans in MBLAQ’s Daum Cafe, G.O said a new digital single will be released on 23 February (a duet). He also said he has a schedule set for the four days following that release, one of which we already know about: his Fan Meeting on 24 February. The days that follow are mysteries that will be revealed at that fan meeting. But he did mention that more new music will be coming in March-April. The excitement is almost too much to contain! Are you ready? Because I know that I am. I have been ready since 18 February 2016!!

Welcome Back, G.O!!!

We have missed you and are ready to feel the magic of your music, your talent and indeed, your artistic heart, once again.~😍

~♥~

 


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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 709

During this final year of G.O’s military service, we have been very fortunate to have received many updates from a man who is clearly in a good…no, GREAT place physically, emotionally and most likely, spiritually. Inasmuch as I have enjoyed the entirety of these 709 days thus far, it is in within the last year that I have felt a true sense of ease knowing G.O is doing well. And, is happy. Like in really happy. For today, I honor that happy by way of a cam from a fan sign years ago. It is another Fan-Camming Friday and I would like to honor G.O’s playful fan service which is pretty much one of his signature trademarks. So back to 6 June 2010 to relive a little playful G.O from the TBJ fan sign.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 706

I admit to being apprehensive about including G.O’s involvement in the December 2012 SBS Gayo Daejeon Color of K-Pop extravaganza here on the countdown for one reason and one reason only: He had to share the spotlight. Now, I am not adverse to him sharing the spotlight, usually. I don’t mind when he is on stage with his MBLAQ brothers or on the musical stage with other musical actors. But because I am not so keen about him losing vocal time as rule (even as a member of MBLAQ), I am less enamored of him losing it to other idols! Extreme bias rising over here! Nevertheless, I enjoyed his collaboration as part of Dramatic Blue and happily place it in the Heavenly Collaborations file here on the Countdown. Besides, he looked extraordinarily handsome in that blue Guy Laroche suit.

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