I kept the final picture from the Campus Job & Joy Magazine spread away from the One Shots for long enough and will offer it here today as a sweet Sunday gift on the countdown. May 2014 was such a glorious month for G.O. He was wrapping up his award-winning role in Seopyeonje and continued to light up the musical stage as the tender-hearted Prince Ho Dong in The Kingdom of the Winds. Campus Job & Joy was one of two magazine covers he graced that month and it yielded probably some of my all-time favorite magazine spread pictures of G.O.
말하지 말걸 [I Shouldn’t Speak] was the first MBLAQ ballad I completely fell in love with when I began my journey as an A+. You have to remember, I came to the party late and thus began purchasing their albums all out of sync relative to their release. I recall being captivated by the Mona Lisa concept with my newly established bias paying homage to one of my favorite actors, James Dean. I was quite intrigued. Mona Lisa was one of the first albums I purchased both physically and digitally. 말하지 말걸 [I Shouldn’t Speak] was the lone ballad on the album and it caught my special attention. Even though a solid group effort, G.O’s vocals tear at my heart. His voice in the studio version is perfection, filled with all the of longing, pain, and sadness that accompanies the end of a relationship. Hearing and watching G.O sing this song live however deepens the poignancy of the regret-laced lyrics that he brings to heart-wrenching life with every note. A Vocal Virtuosity moment today from the Curtain Call stage back on 30 November 2014. Sigh . . .
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.
Recently G.O updated his Instagram profile picture to a picture of himself during the Broken era. It brought back a flood of memories of that very special time in the spring of 2014. I wondered if he was feeling nostalgic and what could have prompted that picture choice. Not that I am complaining. Hardly. He completely owned the elegance of that era with a mature sophistication that fully complemented his evolution and growth as an artist. But while he was going all nostalgic with Broken, I found myself going nostalgic with Mirror. It is a G.O One Shot .gif day but since it is a new week, I am going to supplement it with a couple of pictures.
It is the middle of the week so why not a little Fan-ART-astic fan art today? It is Day 511. Can you believe that in less than a month’s time, G.O will have under 200 days left to serve? Each day I feel the excitement growing. Seriously, sometimes I feel like I am five years old! It is probably that child-like wonder in me that really appreciates fan art. I know I have said this before, but if I could draw, my model of choice would be G.O. However, since I cannot, I will continue to ardently admire those who do. Today’s offering comes from the incredibly prolific Victoria Dmitrieva, also known as SakuTori.
I could take the easiest possible avenue here for the seventh letter of the alphabet by simply saying G is for G.O! It is perfectly logical and fitting for today’s post. There are so many possibilities: graceful, gracious, generous, gifted, gallant, and even the obvious, gorgeous. But I can go one simpler. Indeed, I want to choose a word that all others could claim is perhaps the foundation by which each found their way into the category of describing G.O. One that most likely defines him from core to surface. It is probably my favorite word to describe him and heaven knows you will easily find it in every single post I have written about him here on this blog. That word is gentle.
Today, I am opting for a soft and demure, yet arguably strong and sexy One Shot. One that can be easily be categorized as romantic yet brims with raw unadulterated sensuality. You know, the kind that confirms that quintessential yin and yang G.O unequivocally possesses and quietly owns.
Like many of his adoring fans, I was hoping for a selca update from our gorgeous main vocal back on 15 October in celebration of MBLAQ’s 7th anniversary. Well, maybe not an actual published selca, but you know, the kind he has been sharing with us in way of Instagram and Twitter profile picture updates. Although he did commemorate the anniversary reminding his A+ that he is still as much with us as we are with him, he did so with a picture of shimmering lights and it was lovely. Still, it would have been wonderful to see him. This is my final day in Seoul, so I opt for a quiet and perhaps somber selca for Day 247 of G.O’s service.