We have reached another milestone in the Waiting For Donghun countdown and, in this instance, a rather auspicious day for both A.C.E and Choice. It is Day 243 but today also marks A.C.E’s fifth anniversary. We celebrate with joy, but do so somberly as four of our amazing five are currently on hiatus serving their country. For some reason, it feels right to celebrate with the artistic and moving Jindo Arirang (Prehistory). If you are even a fraction of the history nerd I am, you are no doubt fascinated by A.C.E’s take on this much revered and historically rich and moving Korean folk song.
You wouldn’t mind if I was a little sneaky with today’s DH One Shot, would you? Because . . . it is another milestone day and I am feeling happy and cheeky! Donghun officially has UNDER 400 DAYS remaining in his service!! And…well, I kind of felt like something playful. I came across a GIF that is indeed playful, only Donghun is not alone. It just so happens that little bias wrecker of a maknae of mine joins him in this GIF and I guess it is just my sneaky way of getting two for the price of one today . . . hehe. Trust me, the cute is worth it, especially if you have a soft spot for Chan which is easily had even if he is not your A.C.E bias. He is without question the A.C.E mood maker and resident happy pill and it is well-documented that even our eldest, Mr. Lee, has a super soft spot for this cheeky maknae. So, if you don’t mind, humor me.
Woo hoo!!!! On this, the final day of 2021, we get to celebrate a couple of things. First, the end of a rough and tumble year, to be sure. The end also marks a new beginning. Let’s hope for a better, brighter, happier and healthier new year. Next, it is also maknae Chan’s birthday – yes, that cheeky Chan is a New Year’s Eve baby. And finally . . . Donghun completes 100 days of his mandatory military service! Did the first hundred fly by for you? Well, hang in there Choice . . . in just 112 short days, Donghun will have completed one third of his service. Glass half full, folks ~ glass half full!
I really think that the Donghun and Chan combo should definitely look into more OST offerings. I know that Chan has done a few with Byeongkwan but that was primarily with Chan in the main vocal seat and BK rapping. Back on Day 28, we enjoyed a Vocal Magic moment with our eldest and our youngest and their cover of John Legend’s All of Me. Today, we journey back to 2016 and an acoustic version of Jung Seung Hwan’s 너였다면 (If It Were You) from the Another Miss Oh drama OST. And yes, it is dreamy, emotional and perfect. Really, we can expect no less from Messrs. Lee and Kang.
I decided on a Vocal Magic moment for today and then also realized that the post could equally double as a pre-debut moment. Even though Donghun and Chan recorded this cover of John Legend’s All of Me prior to A.C.E’s debut, it falls decidedly more perfect in the vocal magic category. I am not going to lie, when I first heard it, I was floored. If you are familiar with John Legend’s original, you will know it as a solo song. Let two sing it and it becomes a harmonized masterpiece of grand proportions. I could be exaggerating, but I am most likely not. Come have a listen.