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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 711

I have spent this entire series sharing my thoughts about G.O – how I see him and how he makes me feel. From his intelligence and wit, graciousness and warmth, to his undeniable talent, I have tried to touch on it all without being overly redundant. However, I feel a redundant moment brewing for today. Hang in there with me loves as we are nearing the finish line! We have arrived to the 25th letter of the alphabet and frankly, I cannot believe it myself. The letter Y also proved to be tricky in finding a word worthy of describing G.O but then I remembered something I have talked about often here on the blog: G.O’s incredible and indeed beautiful way in which he surrenders to music and that gave me an idea. Yes, Y is for yielding.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 670

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Happy Monday! It is Day 670 which means there are officially under two months remaining in G.O’s service. So unbelievable, but true. In two months he will return and with that return, a hope for an avalanche of new music. Just the thought of that fills me with so much eager anticipation. Fortunately, we have a wealth of recordings that have been keeping us . . . well, at least have been keeping me, satisfied during the wait. Past moments captured of G.O singing a beautiful love ballad always reach, soothe and caress the inner most corners of our hearts. They also create a desire and longing to hear more of the songs and sounds that have most assuredly been resonating within the corners of his recording studio. While we wait here on Day 670, I will share a moment that came shortly after debut. Yes, a moment From The Studio with G.O and Eric Benét’s sublime The Last Time.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 505

I am really quite grateful that there have been many western songs that have resonated with G.O to the point where he has revisited them on several occasions, letting us hear them more than once. In the early part of his career there were many songs from the Eric Benét songbook that captured G.O’s attention. Beautiful ballads crafted perfectly in melody and lyric that he artfully made his own by wrapping them in his own velvety voice. We have heard G.O sing Benét’s The Last Time a few times. I think his 8 December 2009 T-Store Live Session performance rises above the rest. I revisit it today as a sort of throwback Thursday moment remembering the poise, elegance and exquisite talent of this astonishing young man.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 100

Day 100!! Beautiful G.O has completed 100 days of his military service. Now, that wasn’t so bad. Those first 100 days actually went by rather quickly, right? Right?! Ok, so yes, the days seem to be moving right along and at a somewhat decent pace. Maybe? That pace still does not lessen the ache of missing him. Of having the excitable feeling of seeing an announcement that he will have an event, an appearance, a show, musical, movie or song. Right now, all we have is the promise of his imminent discharge. For Day 100 then, no fanfare needed as I will choose to honor his desire for a quiet service and simply share a moment of him covering Eric Benét’s Still With You.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 80

When neo-soul artist Eric Benét released his second album, Hurricane in June 2005, little did he know the kind of impression that album was going to make on a young vocalist in South Korea. Of the fourteen tracks on Benét’s album, four resonated strongly with our beautiful main vocal man and frankly, I cannot choose a favorite of those four because all are equally amazing. In 2012, however, G.O gave some very special love and attention to Cracks of My Broken Heart.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 68

Standing here in disarray
A calm serenity
The winds of change can devastate
And it took this much for me

I feel that the songs that G.O chooses to sing (that are not among his own compositions) are not arbitrarily chosen. I may not have logged ample study time of this incredible artist of a man in comparison to many in the fandom, but from what I have experienced thus far, I am pretty confident in stating there is reason, depth and substance in G.O’s choices to sing the songs he chooses to sing. And most definitely a resonance with the reason. Eric Benét’s Hurricane is one of those songs.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 51

I admit that with G.O’s recent departure to the Army, I have been ruminating much over his early work and, as is evidenced here, writing about it. Because I enjoy the chemistry he shared with Jung Juri, I am going to drop little moments of the two of them here throughout these next 680 days, sort of like the one shots. For the first G.O~Juri moment, I am choosing one of my faves. ~^^

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[series] 116 Reasons to Love Byung Hee: #10 ~ One More Cover To Love

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Well….shame on me!!!! Thankfully, friend of the blog, Nan, jogged my rusty memory about this one ~ G.O’s heartfelt rendition of Eric Benét’s Still With You, a slice of which he gave us in Episode of 7 of Sesame Player. Perhaps the most embarrassing part of me failing to remember this one is that I actually uploaded the clip to my You Tube channel.

**FANGIRL FAIL**

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[series] 116 Reasons to Love Byung Hee: #10 ~ Undercover Cover Lover

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When you wake one morning and realize all you want to do is sing, you hear music in everything. I have a feeling this is exactly what G.O felt when that realization hit. From that point on, he most likely became an ardent student of music. And although it was no doubt he was hearing his own compositions in his head and perhaps keeping a journal of poetry that would transform into lyrics, the first songs he sang were probably the songs of other artists. For G.O, I suspect the songs he sang in those early days were his guide and his lessons, and the artists themselves, his mentors and his teachers. It is no wonder then he would ultimately pay homage to them by covering those songs that guided him to become the incredible vocalist he is today. The beauty of his education, however, is that he did not limit himself to the songs of Korean artists. His deep respect for music (all music) and his choice to cover many songs that were sung in a language foreign to him (English) are valid and honorable reasons to continue to love this amazing man.

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[series] 116 Reasons to Love Byung Hee: #3 – High IQ-tie

 Reason 3 – High IQ-tie

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There is nothing quite like good old-fashioned intelligence that pushes a man’s attractiveness to the next level. Yes, a cute smile, some sculpted biceps and a schmexy goatee are nice. But none of that would work without throwing some brains into the mix. Couple that with talent, a warm heart, graciousness, a sense of humor and lots of charisma and what you get is yet another reason to love Byung Hee.

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