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.
It is true that G.O’s mellifluous voice is what often captures our attention first and foremost in connection with his artistry. It is his voice that he has tamed and trained, nurtured and developed. Indeed, G.O’s voice is the instrument he has undoubtedly mastered. But, he has proved that he knows his way around a couple of other musical instruments and back on 21 January 2011, he gave us a playful taste of his piano prowess during and MBC Best Friends Radio program.
We have arrived at the letter S of The ABC’s of G.O. And yes, I am going there. Initially, I told myself, ‘no, you are not going to make it simple and state the obvious: S is for Sexy,’ as I have spent many blog posts stating such and quite frankly, it would be redundant. But I have issued all kinds of redundancy during this countdown series as well as throughout the blog overall when it comes to my ability to excessively (and with good reason) compliment G.O. Furthermore, I have shown no desire to curb or control it. I call that fangirl license. So in the spirit of fangirl license, I take the easy route today with Sexy as my choice of adjective to describe the ever-alluring Jung Byung Hee.
G.O has a way of making my heart break into a million pieces when he sings, and giggle uncontrollably when he is playfully mischievous. I think I have given a little of both sides over these past 600+ days. But as he has been tremendously happy over these past months, I felt like an upbeat, cheeky and mischievous One Shot for today. What is even better, it comes in .gif form.
If G.O asked you which one of his English cover songs you wanted him to either sing again and/or record but said you could only choose one, which one would you choose? That is such a difficult question as he has covered so many, and covered them well. I know I would have a difficult time making a choice. Really difficult. But I think if I had to choose just one, I would ask for Wildflower. Yes, even over Hurricane and any one of the other beautiful Eric Benét ballads he has covered. Even over Song For Your Tears which you all know is my kryptonite. Maybe it is because Wildflower has stood the test of time as an iconic ballad that has been successfully covered since it was written back in the 1970’s. It is gentle, melodic and the lyrics are simply beautiful. And think about it, which one of the many English songs has G.O consistently covered? Yes, Wildflower. He covered it as early as his Tykeys days, and as recently as January 2015. Clearly, it is special to him. Today, it makes its return in Vocal Virtuosity form, and a mere 27 seconds at that. Pure vocal heaven.
I interrupt regular scheduling programming to bring you a well-overdue bromance moment. Yes, can you believe it has been over two hundred days since I last had a World According to G.OMir moment here on the countdown? I cannot deny that I have become increasingly sidetracked and have a tendency to overindulge on certain sub-categories, focused cams, pictures, .gifs and of course, G.O’s voice. It is the nature of this beast of a series. In a random search I came across a recording of one of the many visits G.O and Mir made to No Hong Chul’s Chin Chin Radio broadcast. As expected, never a dull moment with these two.
I think you will agree that the overall exercise of this countdown series has placed me in a perpetual state of nostalgia. I suppose it is not all that surprising given the parcels of history I have been sharing throughout these past 500+ days. Sometimes I wonder if the nostalgia makes fans sad in some respects. It is undeniable that MBLAQ has evolved and changed since their debut in more ways than simply the change in dynamics from a five man group to three. Still, the journey to the now is an important part of their collective as well as individual journeys. Therefore, I like to look back, even way back like I will do today with a From The Studio moment and the MBC Chin Chin radio performance of This Love.
On 27 April 2010, G.O hit the radio waves as a guest on DJ Hong Jin Kyung’s Music Space. Usually when I write about in studio radio show appearances it is because G.O at some point in the broadcast sings a song. That did not happen on this particular day in the studio, but I wanted to write about this appearance for a couple of reasons. One is because of the cute pictures A Lucky Day captured of G.O either arriving or leaving the station. The other reason is well . . . kind of ridiculous. Let me explain.
Well, it seems as if the God of Communication is not waiting until his service is complete to make staying in touch with us a priority. Yes, late, late,late Saturday evening..uh, er, Sunday morning or the 6th of August to be exact G.O took to updating his Instagram account once again, posting two pictures back-to-back that he most assuredly grabbed from his phone gallery archives. Two pictures he noted that were taken last year. Oh so very sweet and nostalgic.
By now you are probably aware that even the most limited number of musical notes that escape G.O will always constitute a Vocal Virtuosity moment for me here during this countdown series, as well as any other given time or place. Now that I have crossed over the 500 post mark, out of all of them, I think my favorites will always be the ones that contain G.O singing. Even the tiniest most shortest utterance. His voice is like a tonic for my soul that at times soothes and at others, excites. There is something about the short clip of Dress Up he shared during the 20 June 2013 broadcast of MBC’s Shim Shim TaPa that was a little bit of both.