It has not been too often when I have sat down to write an entry for this countdown that I have found myself without any real notion of what to write. I have had a steady map that I have followed for the past 725 days. Today, I was blank. I know I have not covered every single performance, variety show clip, or even scratched the surface of sharing a fraction of the photographs that exist of this beautiful man. But I have tried to show you little pieces of G.O to help get us through his time away completing his military service. I was browsing Naver blogs when I came across a blog for Korean clothing designer Vantvaart and there was G.O. So I thought why not celebrate the endorsement along with a revisit of G.O’s wonderful performance of 못잊겠어요 [I Can’t Forget] on the Immortal Song 2 stage for the King of Kings Special on 19 November 2011.
Kinetic comes from the Greek word kinētikos, meaning “of motion,” which in turn traces to the verb kinein, meaning “to move.” If you have been a friend of the blog since G.O commandeered my every thought, you will have likely come across my discussions about how music moves through him as he performs. Even if he would consciously try to prevent it, I think it would be fruitless. When I watch G.O perform, music becomes as visible and tangible as it is auditory moving through his body and exiting in a symphony of sound that is harmonious and full of passion.
If my little Soldier Star Calendar app is correct, I think today may be the day G.O will officially move up in rank to 병장 or, Sergeant!! I am so proud of him! Equally exciting is the fact that he now has only 200 days remaining in his military service. The excitement and anticipation are growing daily, can you feel it? He will be back before we know it. Hopefully the forthcoming new chapter in G.O’s ever-evolving career will best all previous ones with a happiness and success that knows no bounds. Hang in there, G.Oddesses, 200 days are going to fly, trust me!
To me, when an artist wants to use his art to touch the deepest part of people, to make them feel something, that is an act of absolute intimacy. Now before you get all squeamish thinking this post is going to get all PG-13 or R-rated, it will not. I do not mean that kind of intimacy. Most of us are guarded in our emotions and hesitant to let people in, or let people get close. Music though has a way of circumventing those defenses. However, it usually takes a profound piece of music to accomplish it and an artist adept in interpreting such. Without an honest guide who is filled with depth and emotion, music can be come a cacophony of unorganized sound unable to connect with the listener. As you all know, I believe G.O is an honest guide. One filled with depth and emotion who is able to connect with all who will listen.
Ok, I cannot deny that I am completely enamored by G.O’s current focus on living a healthy lifestyle and the way in which it seems to have been infiltrating his recent survival report chat sessions with fans. You will recall his hearty suggestion to take probiotics during one session and most recently, he urged us to add brazil nuts to our diets suggesting that we would reap health benefits immediately. It is impossible to not adore this man and the fact that he wants his A+ nation to be happy and healthy….lol! This all made me start to think about the Real Men episode of MBLAQ’s Idol Manager.
One of my favorite things about doing this countdown series is that I get to revisit G.O’s musicals over and over. Every time he steps onto a stage to sing, it is magical. This is true. But that magic has been magnified for me in three very distinct instances: his time on the Immortal Song 2 stage, his time on the King of Mask Singer stage and especially, his time on the musical stage. Each of those moments G.O spent on any one of those stages constitutes a Vocal Virtuosity moment. And there are many to choose from. Today, a very short clip from Gwanghwamun Sonata. Ah…but even in the brevity of one stanza, a Lee Young Hoon ballad surrounded by G.O’s honeyed vocals is a soothing symphony to the ears.
For awhile there in the early days of this series, I was pummeling the Countdown with lots of posts about the various endorsements G.O was involved in which were primarily clothes and accessories. Today it hit me that I have not done one in a really long time. I am pretty sure there are more floating out there than I have touched on here thus far. Today, just a quick flashback to when he gave clothing and accessory brand Codes Combine some love. The jacket above is a Codes Combine piece that he wore during the broadcast of his final visit to Immortal Song 2.
사랑은 차가운 유혹
그래도 피할 순 없어 Love is a cold temptation, still I cannot avoid it.
Most of the time when I listen to G.O sing, I honestly do not feel the need to fully understand the lyrics and the reason being is that his interpretations, his feelings, emotions, passion, heart and soul generally tell the story without a need for translation. However, I admit that understanding what he is singing about adds a greater and more powerful dimension to the song. One of the songs G.O chose to sing for his last stage before departing for military camp was 사랑은 차가운 유혹 [Love Is A Cold Temptation]. It was the fourth song of his five song set last February at the I.Callist Idol Vocal Concert. It was tender. It was passionate. It was beautiful.
You’re my dream, you’re my soul, you’re my reason . . .
We all know G.O has a magnificent voice and can sing. We tell him over and over. He has been reminded of it by the many legends he covered during his time gracing the Immortal Song 2 stage, and was equally commended by all who heard him perform in his three musicals as well as most recently during his stint on King Of Masked Singer. The man has a beautiful voice. Still, with all of the accolades, he probably remains one of the most underrated vocalists in Korean popular music. So yeah, I am working on changing that.
On 9 November 2013, G.O made his final appearance on Immortal Song 2 and sang Kim Jung Soo’s touching 내마음 당신 곁으로 [My Heart is With You]. I cannot tell if it is simply a matter of not catching my breath when I watch G.O sing these emotional ballads or if it is simply that I hold my breath for fear of losing grip of my own emotions hearing the heartache in his voice when he sings. I would think that by now, I would have the strength to withstand his attack on my senses but in truth, the more I listen to and watch him, the more defenseless I become.