I admit there may cause for debate when talking about the ‘visual‘ in a group. Honestly, no matter who is deemed the visual, our own personal biases will most likely hold that honor for us individually regardless of who owns the title officially. It is something that I have not always been familiar with as I do not think western groups traditionally have a member or members who are labeled as “the visual.” It wasn’t until I started my Korean entertainment education that I came across this idiosyncratic facet of the Korean group dynamic. I tend to get stubborn about the visual title holder in MBLAQ because for me, I would give that title exclusively to G.O. <hehe…no surprise> In addition to his striking good looks, G.O’s talent and voice would invariably make anyone sit up and take notice while he was on stage or screen. He may not have been officially labeled MBLAQ’s visual, but he nevertheless was, and consistently is, noticeable.
We have now reached the middle of the month and somehow time seems to be picking up speed. Soon, G.O will hit the 600 day mark. 600 days out of 730. Can you believe we have come this far so fast?! Some days I find it difficult to contain my excitement because we are getting so close. Have you begun celebration preparations yet? Too soon? Hahaha, I can’t help it. I am ready for his return! However, in the event you feel time has been dragging or are yourselves feeling sluggish, how about an Oh Yeah cam for this Fan-Camming Friday? You remember The Dream Concert back in May 2012 and those black shimmering outfits with see-through sleeves, right?
We all know how fiery and intense G.O is both on and off the stage. His intensity is one of my very favorite facets of his mercurial and mysterious nature. It must be a Scorpio thing. For as long as I can remember and perhaps comprehend the science of astrology, I have always been fascinated by Scorpios. Maybe it is because the sign itself sits directly opposite of my own on the Western astrological chart. It does not necessarily mean we are opposite in nature but in fact share many of the same attributes. But, I am getting offtrack here with the purpose of this post! For as intense as G.O may be, he seems to be equally gentle and pliant. And when that softness shines, it is best experienced in his warm smile. In the sub-series, The ABC’s of G.O, we are at the 13th letter of the alphabet. I choose to mix it up a little for today by using the romanization of the Korean word 미소 ~~>’miso’ or, smile.
Beauty is not caused. It is. ~Emily Dickinson
I cannot deny it, nor will I ever deny that there are days when G.O pushes me past the brink of fangirl reason straight into fangirl frenzy. Fangirl frenzy. I know each fangirl is unique. I am a later model fangirl due to my advanced age and delayed entry into the fangirl arena. However, there are moments when G.O has made me forget all about my age, fangirl parameters and decorum transporting me back to my teens awkward and trembling with excitement as I watch him perform. I have talked about G.O’s subtle yet powerful stage presence. His talent will always make him shine even on a stage filled with dense choreography, pyrotechnics and other people. And when G.O wears white his power and presence seems to become even more unmistakeable. The KBS event in Gwangju on 14 October 2010 is a wonderful example, escorts me into fangirl frenzy mode, and is my choice for this Fan-Camming Friday offering.
It is impossible for me to keep this One Shot to just one single picture today, but I am sure you will not mind. I have broken my One Shot rule many times before and as we get closer to discharge, I have a feeling any and all rules and parameters I have set for myself here during this countdown series will continue to be broken, bent or even completely ignored. It’s all good.^^
I came across a few shots of G.O during his first solo stage of 2015 when he performed in Gimhae and could not decide which one I liked the best when all are equally beautiful. You all know how I feel about seeing G.O lost in song. Yes, well . . . for today then, a multi-shot one shot.
If you have been taking this countdown journey with me these past 555 days (and even visited well before then), you know how much I love to talk about G.O’s beauty ~ both inner and outer. Yeah, it is pretty much a mainstay here mostly because I never grow tired of talking about it, and also because he consistently gives me reasons to celebrate his gentle but ever potent beauty. I know I have become redundant but still, it will never stop me from saying it one more time! Maybe I need to create a new vocabulary or language designed just for him you know, to spice things up. How very Tolkien of me! That sounds too complex actually and I rather like to keep it simple! Today is a Fan-Camming Friday day and I decided I am going to keep it short and simple on the cam end, but supplement the post with a bounty of G.O’s beauty captured at Music Bank Hong Kong on 23 June 2012.
말하지 말걸 [I Shouldn’t Speak] was the first MBLAQ ballad I completely fell in love with when I began my journey as an A+. You have to remember, I came to the party late and thus began purchasing their albums all out of sync relative to their release. I recall being captivated by the Mona Lisa concept with my newly established bias paying homage to one of my favorite actors, James Dean. I was quite intrigued. Mona Lisa was one of the first albums I purchased both physically and digitally. 말하지 말걸 [I Shouldn’t Speak] was the lone ballad on the album and it caught my special attention. Even though a solid group effort, G.O’s vocals tear at my heart. His voice in the studio version is perfection, filled with all the of longing, pain, and sadness that accompanies the end of a relationship. Hearing and watching G.O sing this song live however deepens the poignancy of the regret-laced lyrics that he brings to heart-wrenching life with every note. A Vocal Virtuosity moment today from the Curtain Call stage back on 30 November 2014. Sigh . . .