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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 509

Sometimes the best captures in picture form are those wherein the subject is unaware a camera is being pointed at him or her. Even though G.O is pretty keen on locating cameras in a crowd, there are many times when he is not particularly paying attention. Don’t get me wrong, I love, love, LOVE when he locks eyes with a camera’s lens (especially those cameras being operated by fans). However, I love the oblivious ones as well because they sometimes capture a thoughtful, quiet or reflective moment. My One Shot for today is one of those captures.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 490

When it comes to the sixth letter of the alphabet, my mind becomes inundated with a myriad of words all of which are fitting in describing the fantastic G.O. Lately, with all of his updates and specifically his recent chat session, he has been fanning the fire in my heart, igniting a fierce impatience for his return as we attempt to navigate the final 241 days of his service. My theme for this post is about fire. The fire he brings to the stage that is undoubtedly born from the artistic fires that burn inside his creative soul. Today, is for Fiery.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 478

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.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 477

Often times, when I am in the kind of nostalgic mood that I have been in as of late and I want to feel the warm caress of G.O’s voice in an early MBLAQ song, I find myself listening to Celebrate. It probably ranks as one of my favorite group ballads. Every symphonious note that G.O releases into the atmosphere is like a drop of resonant honey that coats the heart. There are many songs worth showcasing in a Vocal Virtuosity segment and I still have plenty of days left to explore a good many of them. But for this sweet second Thursday of June, lets head back to the central western coast of South Korea to Sohae College and . . . Celebrate.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 467

The sophistication of the Broken era will never lose its luster for me. The suits. The maturity. The elegance. The poise. The evolution of the music. All of it. Today, a G.O One Shot in .gif form. A moment taken from one of the late autumn 2014 stages.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 397

 

My infatuation with G.O’s eyes continue, even if he dare only show us one. For some reason, showing only one eye during some of the Mona Lisa promotions and performances in the summer of 2011 proved to be ever mysterious and absolutely alluring, particularly at the MTV Cyworld Music Festival Dream 2011. Lucky were those who pointed their cams and cameras on him and were able to capture the attention of that one very lone soft and mesmerizing eye. I would like to ease into this Monday, this 397th day of G.O’s service, with the soft gaze of his eyes, the windows . . . or in this case, window to his soul.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 393

I admit to not being well-versed in Korean popular music. I further admit that my vision and hearing have been focused on and tuned into MBLAQ since I discovered who they were and what they were about. I felt then that I was experiencing the cream of the crop. That there was no need to explore further because MBLAQ, and specifically G.O, were satisfying all of my Korean music needs and yes, I was hooked. I dabbled and listened to other Korean pop groups here and there, but I always found myself returning to MBLAQ. To me they sounded different. Better. Honest. And although I love so many of their songs – so much so that it is next to impossible to choose a favorite, I have to agree that Oh Yeah,  전쟁이야 [This Is War] and Mona Lisa are perhaps some of their most iconic ~ at least in the non-ballad category of their extensive catalog. There are many performances of these three songs worthy of revisiting. For today though, I am choosing the 21 October 2012 GS & Concert performances because in addition to sounding fierce and intense, G.O’s stage presence was equally powerful and disarming.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 387

It is Fan-Camming Friday and time to submerge ourselves in a moment of pure G.O joy. So I will travel back to the Men in Blaq Tour of 2011 where there was nothing but pure happiness pouring out of G.O in the energetic moments captured during One Better Day. To be at the Jamsil Arena that sweet summer evening in August 2011 must have been like soaring through the magic land of G.O charm, sweet smiles and unimaginable delight.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 265

Getting to see G.O perform in his family’s hometown on MBLAQ’s second anniversary seems . . . I don’t know, kind of romantic, doesn’t it? Well that is what fans got on 15 October 2011 when MBLAQ performed at the Gimhae Lifelong Learning Festival. G.O, stunning in red, on his home turf and throwing some intense glances into a very dedicated fan-cam during MBLAQ’s performance of Mona Lisa is a perfect choice for Day 265 of G.O’s service. Oh…and I seem to be losing track of my own fan-cam day rules, but I am sure you don’t mind. The more focused cams on G.O, the better, right?

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 243

Inasmuch as writing about G.O has become a necessary habit, I did not anticipate the well of emotion that I would experience while doing so while being in Seoul. I tried very hard to have as many posts ready to publish prior to my arrival, but I have to be honest, I am kind of happy I get to write while here in Seoul. While it is not adding any new dimension to how I write (or what I write for that matter), I do feel different while doing so. It is 17 October 2016, my 13th day in Seoul, and G.O’s 243rd day of service. No, I have not seen him but just being in the same city (and time zone) makes me pretty happy! Today, I honor composer G.O by ruminating on the heartbreaking 기도 [Prayer] from Love Beat.

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