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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 331

As we near on the one year mark of G.O’s service, I have been wondering if I should do anything different for the final days here on the Countdown. I thought about scaling back a little and really making it simpler – as was my original plan until the series took on a life of its own. I keep telling myself that any little bit will still be amazing since, well…it’s G.O! So I think my best option is to just go with the flow and let the series decide ~ let the inspiration that G.O gives to me continue to be the barometer that dictates what I do and how I honor him during 2017, and that last month and two weeks in 2018. Sounds like a good plan, right? For today, Day 331, it’s a Fan-Camming Friday and I wanted a cam that was a little more recent. My choice is some G.O-focused Mirror from MBLAQ’s June 2015 Showcase.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 300

Three hundred days! Three hundred days! Three. Hundred. Days. It is Day 300 of G.O’s service and that means he is almost to the half way point in completing his mandatory military service. Before we know it, he will complete his first year. I wasn’t sure how to celebrate it and then thought…why not keep it simple. As in, simply share one of the finest photographic captures (EVER) of G.O’s incandescent smile. Yes, a perfect smile on a perfect day.

~♥~


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[event] One Mirror A Month

For some time now I have been wondering what I should do with my surplus copies of MBLAQ’s 8th mini album Mirror. I have already given quite a few away, and I even donated a bunch (in G.O’s name) to a non-profit organization here in the US that teaches music to underprivileged children. Still, I have quite a few copies left. So an idea came to me today. I am not sure how well it work, but it is the holidays so I thought I would propose an event and see how it goes.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 259

I recall feeling a rush of absolute excitement when the charmers of MBLAQ released the track list for their 8th mini album, Mirror, and there was a song penned by G.O entitled, I Know You Want Me. I could not even begin to wrap my brain (or emotions) around the fact that he wrote a song with a seemingly provocative title. And, he gave that song an English title. The anticipation of hearing a new G.O composition was overwhelming . . . I could hardly wait!

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 233

There were countless numbers of pictures that were published of MBLAQ when they came back with their 8th mini album Mirror in June 2015. And as we were so ravenous to see them, it was fortunate that cameras were often in the vicinity every day during promotions. Apart from absolutely loving the music, I really appreciated the toned down sophisticated feel of Seung Ho, G.O and Mir’s visual presentation of their new material.  Wearing soft, muted tones of black, grey, white or blue, there was an elegance in the clean and comfortable lines of the clothes they wore, especially G.O.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 222

I love everything about Mirror. It is a unique and tragically beautiful song that our amazing trio sunk every bit of emotion into when they introduced it to us in June 2015. And although I have not known him for very long, nor could I be so bold to assume I know his heart, what I think I can surmise adequately about G.O is that he will never shy away from revealing emotion. In my opinion, the veil of sadness that enveloped him throughout the Mirror promotions was not cathartic nor healing. It was, however, intense and emotional. On 11 June 2015, before the men of MBLAQ brought Mirror to the M Countdown stage, MNet captured G.O in a gorgeous focused fancam.

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The Soulful Countdown to G.O’s Discharge ~ Day 113

The pain hasn’t really subsided. June is a month of memories for me this year. Just a few days ago, I was remembering Omiya and MBLAQ’s first stage as a trio. Today, I am remembering the release of MBLAQ’s 8th mini album, Mirror.

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Prelude to Adieu – An Evening With G.O

News of MBLAQ’s mercurial main vocal heading to the Army broke on Monday, February 15 and to many came as a complete shock and surprise. I was in flight heading back to Chicago when reports of G.O’s enlistment was spreading like wildfire throughout various media posts, and admittedly I was still reveling in the intoxication of spending the evening with him on what was a very windy and chilly Valentine’s Day attending the I.Callist Idol Vocalist Concert in Seoul the night before. I admit I was stunned when I began reading the news and immediately felt the bittersweet aftertaste of the concert realizing that my bias was going to be gone for two years. In retrospect, however, if you paid close attention, the messages leading up to this news were there. They were subtle, but nevertheless, they were there.

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You Know You’re A Fangirl When . . .

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You know you are a fangirl when…..you walk into your neighborhood arts and crafts store seeking a frame for the free poster you received when you purchased the latest CD of your fave group. Then, you realize that since the poster is of foreign birth, its dimensions differ from the standard sized frames available on US shelves. What’s a fangirl to do?

The answer: custom framing.

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Subtle, Sweet & Sonic – MBLAQ Takes The Stage As A Trio

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I think this is becoming commonplace for me….I see my bias and something happens. My world gets gently rocked. My mind goes into a flux. I grasp to find balance and try to remain coherent. The thought of putting together a couple of sentences to verbalize (and of course memorialize) the experience escapes me for at least a good month, sometimes longer. Such is the case here, again.

This could be problematic. The further from the experience I get, the possibility of remembering becomes an issue, especially at my age. However, when it comes to the gentle G.O, the one who has unceremoniously laid claim to my heart, those experiences I have involving him tend to leave their mark. Those moments are pretty much imprinted and branded into the memory of that heart, and I am forever scarred. You see, heart memory is strong and true. Like any muscle, it remembers. Therefore, I have faith I will be able to share with you at lease some of those moments I had in his presence this past June when I attended the shows at Omiya Sonic City in Japan.

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