Today I reflect on the release of MBLAQ’s wonderful Mirror. It is the anniversary of the release of the group’s 8th mini album, but their first as a trio. As such, it will forever remain special, a memento and turning point marking a new chapter for the handsome young men carrying on the name and tradition of MBLAQ. I don’t know if G.O being away in the Army has made me extra special nostalgic or if it is simply a by-product of this series as I continue to pull moments and memories of G.O’s journey. On 9 June 2015, MBLAQ released Mirror, met the press, and met ever briefly with their loving fans. For today’s Fan-Camming Friday, I will rely on thegopygmalion who captured about two minutes of G.O-focused cam during the showcase held that warm Tuesday evening in June.
While MBLAQ was still busy promoting their second mini album Y, Malaysian promotion, tour and event management company M.E Malaysia caught up with the gregarious bunch for a little getting to know you one-on-one session in a Gangnam-gu cafe late one night in July 2010. Even though they were exhausted from their hectic promotion schedule, the interview was playful and yielded some gorgeous pictures and one very cute video message to the Malaysian fans.
While it is every fan’s dream to see their favorite group perform live in some capacity, the fan sign is what takes everything to the next level. Indeed those brief and special moments in a concert venue where you are close enough to grab the attention of your bias for a wave, high-five or even a selca are plausible if you are fortunate enough to have a spot near to the stage. The fan sign, however, guarantees that one-on-one moment with your favorite group and even more importantly, your bias.
One year has passed. And rapidly at that. It has been one year since the fan signs in Myeongdong and Incheon last July. Yes, I said rapidly because indeed it has flown by. This gives me hope that the one year, six months, and twenty-three days remaining in G.O’s military service will march by equally as quick and he will return refreshed, renewed and ready to roll. Until then, I wish to reminisce.
It is true that MBLAQ’s allure lies soundly in the music and all extensions of it in way of entertainment (variety, drama, film, musical theater, modeling, endorsements, etc). What makes them even more rounded and attractive, however, is the way in which they love their strong, loving and very enduring A+.
When I am asked why it is I am so very drawn to G.O, I have to confess that it is not all about the music or the fact that he is perhaps one of the best looking men in Korean popular music today (in my opinion any way) with brains to boot, and a charming personality. It is deeper and more profound. It is his character and honesty, and in the way he carries himself. It is also in the way G.O connects with his art, his music, and his fans. So you see, I am drawn to him for many, many reasons.