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 . . .
Thirteen seconds. A thirteen second guest spot. That is all we got. Even though the thirteen seconds G.O spent on the Inkigayo stage on 12 February 2012, guesting on Sunny Hill’s 베짱이찬가 [Grasshopper] were short, he still managed to give us an equal balance of sweet and sexy amid the soft sounds of his honey-laced voice.
Do you feel like escaping with me today to a sweet spot in a song? Yes sometimes a few short lines in one song have the power to transport and soothe. Of course, the relaxant effect of a song is compounded when the lyrics are being masterfully delivered in a mellifluous melody by a vocalist who understands that of the many elements that comprise a song, it is a vocalist’s honest connect with the thought, meaning and emotion of that song that will indeed capture and move an audience. I believe G.O understands this concept to his core, and why his short interlude between the sharp rap attack in Taw and HaHa’s 내 품이 좋다던사람 [The Person By My Side] reminds us that underneath the hurt and pain of a break up, the heart has a resilience that always seems to be able to weather the storms of love.
April 6, 2014 was my first full day of a two-week stay I had during my second visit to Seoul. I was there to see G.O in Seopyeonje. When I planned that trip to Seoul, I was not aware that MBLAQ would be in full promotions mode for Broken and I had absolutely no idea how to navigate promotions, was not yet a full-fledged A+, and had no connections anywhere to anyone. But I went to the SBS studios any way that day as MBLAQ was scheduled to perform Be A Man on the Inkigayo stage.