In keeping with my look back at the release of Mirror, I offer a six-shot today in .gif form, because one is simply not enough. After the hiatus and reorganization of the group, seeing G.O during the Mirror promotions was like Christmas in June for this fangirl. I know that many view the song (Mirror) as a direct lament to Lee Joon and Cheondung for leaving the group and sure, as the song is about a break up, everyone can make their own conclusions. Nevertheless, the song in and of itself is exquisite. The tight vocals settle comfortably in a beautiful melody with piercing lyrics. Mir’s defiant rap is reminiscent of the dominating rap segments in Stay and This Is War. Mirror is a heart-breaking song that starts as a gentle snowfall and ultimately grows into an avalanche of emotion. And then there were the visuals . . .
Ok, I think I am back on schedule with the G.O One Shots. I decided that with just a little over 300 days left (312, to be exact), I am going to be less stringent with some of the parameters I have set for myself here on the Countdown. Much like our serene music man, I am going to relax and let things effortlessly flow. Today’s flow is all about the 14 January 2012 Music Core performance of the powerful 전쟁이야 [This Is War]. I cannot help but turn this one shot .gif day into a multi-shot .gif day. See, I am happily stepping outside of the One Shot boundaries, it and feels good.~^^
Episode 158 of SBS’s 도전 1000 곡 [1000 Song Challenge] aired on 7 August 2011 and could have aptly been retitled I Challenge You Not to Fall For G.O Tonight. Well, at least that is how I felt when I watched him sing Kim Min Woo’s 사랑일뿐야 [It’s Only Love]. Winsome and dreamy, and in remarkably under two minutes, G.O invites you into his heart where it is easy to nestle in and get lost in the warmth of his tender voice.
There are moments when I watch G.O perform where I am convinced music is a drug. A heady intoxicant that invades the system of not only the audience, but him as well. I have often wrote about the power a song has over him and how he is held captive by it until the final note. I have called music his muse, his mistress, and his constant. But I think this is the first time I am calling it his drug. I guess there was something extra special about his dreamy eyes during the 11 September 2011 special stage performance on Inkigayo where he and Sistar’s Hyorin joined forces to sing Vibe’s 그남자 그여자 [That Man That Woman] that made me feel the intoxication.
Give the tender G.O four and a half minutes of your time and I guarantee he will melt and rearrange the DNA of your heart. His final performances on Immortal Song 2 were perhaps his most poignant and moving. Maybe I am overly emotional lately. Or, maybe I am just missing him because when I watch his performance of 사랑스런 그대 [Lovable You], it brings me to my emotional knees, so to speak.
After a seven month hiatus from the Immortal Song 2 stage, G.O returned on September 8, 2012, to sing Choi Sung Soo’s 후인. Borrowing the Latin flavor from Sung Soo’s 1988 original, G.O’s version stripped away the cha-cha beat, slowed it down and added a hauntingly lovely Spanish guitar. The stage was set for G.O to begin romancing the audience. Maybe it is just me, but I think you might agree that adding a Spanish guitar to a song immediately creates romance.
On August 7, 2011, G.O appeared on the SBS music competition show, 1000 Song Challenge and gave us a preview of 너에게로도 디시 [To You Again], the song he would compete with on Immortal Song 2just one month later. The difference between the two shows however is that for IMS2 he was able to prepare. For 1000 Song Challenge, a karaoke machine randomly chose the song for him which he then had to sing from memory with no preparation or rehearsal. It did not matter.
After silence, that which comes nearest to expressing the inexpressible is music.
February 4, 2012 was the second of two nights honoring legend Song Chang Sik. That night, G.O took to the Immortal Song 2 stage and sang the deeply moving 당신은 [You]. Never one to ever hold back, G.O was at his heart-wrenching best. A perfect storm of marrying majestic vocals with the absolute agony of love.
The November 19, 2011 broadcast of Immortal Song 2 was a particularly competitive one. It was the King of Kings Special episode where the contestants sang one of the songs that brought them a previous win and everyone surely brought their A-game to the show that evening. G.O returned with Kim Su Hee’s 못 잊겠어요 [I Can’t Forget] and it was every bit as smooth and jazzy as the night he first sang it back on August 13th.
If there hadn’t been that sea between you and me There might not have been the bitter goodbye . . .
Those are some very powerful lyrics to open a song. Add the tender voice of G.O and they become that much more powerful, emotional and heartbreaking. Ah….but that is his intention, isn’t it? To touch your heart when he sings. To make you feel something. On the evening of September 10, 2011, G.O made his tenth visit to the Immortal Song 2 stage and sang Nam Jin’s 가슴 아프계 [Heartbreakingly] to perhaps one of the most hushed audiences I have ever witnessed. Hushed in awe.