Wow…..the long road continues to shorten! When we started this journey at 638 days and counting, getting into the 100’s seemed like a distant dream. True, time marches on without hesitation or break, but I think we all can agree that some days seem to just drag out longer than others. And that can be frustrating while waiting for an end point. The ‘are we there yet’ rings louder when we are so close and yet still so far. Hopefully, this little series has helped keep the journey somewhat entertaining. So what little tidbit do I have to share to celebrate Donghun having less than 200 days remaining in his service? Well. This one blew my mind. I did not know pre-debut Donghun shared the stage with my beloved GOT7. But HE DID! And, it was by way of a little mystery music game show called I Can See Your Voice [너의 목소리가 보여].
Just as not all actors can sing, not all singers can act. But what I have found in Korean entertainment is that there is lots of crossover. Many who act can sing and indeed, many who sing can act. Donghun has shown up in a couple of dramas which I am sure I will chat about here in the coming days ahead; but to kick off a little sub-series I would to call Actor DH, I am going to opt for something cheeky and fun. Like the time he told the hosts of Weekly Idol that he could make himself cry even while singing an upbeat song. Ok then, have at it Mr. Lee!
It is Day 675 and a Saturday. Saturdays are made for dancing so I thought I might sneak in a short G.O Dance Break moment on the eve of Christmas Eve. It’s bit of a playful moment that also confirms that G.O has some very agile hips. Let’s travel back to 2010 where on 26 September MBLAQ guested on MBC’s Flower Bouquet where G.O gave us his interpretation of Hyun_A’s provocative dance move from her song, Change.
It is without question the best of both worlds when we get to hear G.O sing while also simultaneously experiencing a little of his playfulness. Because he is so deeply dedicated to his craft, I think he often keeps the two separate. What I mean is, when G.O is singing he is perhaps in a completely different mind and heart space. He simply does not seem like the type to make light of his passion. But every now and then we can catch him mingling the two. I share a really quick playful moment today from the SBS Korean variety/comedy program, People Looking For Laughter.
I have never taken part in a variety show or sitcom live taping but would gather to say that it is probably a long process with many breaks, delays and takes in the action which probably make conditions ripe for mischief. Such was the case when our main vocal mischief maker had a little fun on the Star King set back on 17 January 2011. We really are quite fortunate that G.O engages with his fans with the level of comfort he does which, if you ask me, often seems more family familiar than fan familiar.
MBLAQ has visited the Beatles Code studios a few times over the course of their cumulative variety show appearances all of which have been very entertaining. But do you recall the radiance of G.O during the 20 January 2011 episode? Definitely worth a capture in .gif form and a perfect offering for our G.O One Shot for today. *deep sigh*
The premise was simple – complete an athletic task and the crowd (which was predominately, if not all, comprised of your fan base) would be rewarded for your success. Seems easy, right? Well, it proved to be somewhat challenging ~ albeit entertaining ~ for our fit and fab main vocal man when he had to become a rhythmic gymnast for the day as part of KBS2’s athletic variety program Let’s Go! Dream Team.
If I limit myself to only posting various performances of G.O singing for the next 422 days, it would be quite nice indeed. However, it would deprive all (including me) from enjoying all aspects of G.O’s charm. To be honest, it would also be lazy of me given my overall desire to share every bit of G.O’s art and talent which is in no way limited to just music. While it is true that music is what generally defines him for it seems to be his first and foremost passion, G.O’s own exploration into other genres of art certainly expands his horizons as an artist perhaps even revealing exciting new ways for him to express himself artistically. If I confine this series to just music, one thing is certain: we would miss out on getting to revisit G.Os playful antics such as those captured at Samsung Galaxy’s S III Big Idol Match on 7 August 2012.
What I love most about G.O’s performance of Play That Song on the 22 November 2013 broadcast of Yoo Heeyeol’s Sketchbook is that he is backed by a live band and back up singers which I feel gives a soulful weight to the earthiness of this incredible R&B ballad. The dynamic of a live band backing G.O is how I envision him performing…..always.
I was thinking about Broken promotions today and how clueless I was at that time to have made the most of being in Seoul when MBLAQ released their 6th mini album. I mean, I could have gone to so many of the promotions if I only knew how to go about it at that time. I was just stepping into the fandom then and the only thing on my mind was G.O. Although MBLAQ had released their Japanese single, Still In Love just prior to Broken, I was still somewhat out of the loop and the thought of trying to get to any promotions did not really cross my mind. Despite my own ineptitude, I don’t look back on that trip to Seoul as a failure. On the contrary. It was my MBLAQ awakening, as it were, and the very moment I met and came face-to-face with my one true bias. On 8 April 2014 I would see G.O perform for the first time in Seopyeonje, however earlier that day he and MBLAQ were at the SBS studios getting their 남자답게 [Be A Man] groove on for The Show, which resulted in a fabulous G.O- focused cam.