Gab, Currently III:

Plugging:

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Bull In The Heather, the titular song by Sonic Youth, and so named after a real Kentucky derby horse, is poised for this exhibit as a metaphorical open source to the myriad readings on power dynamics, value, labor, craft, functionalism, mysticism, primal instincts, spectatorship, and performance, especially set on the strength and idiosyncratic vision of the artists involved, as to be an artist requires a considerable degree of conviction as headstrong as a prized race horse. The song, with the exhibit not entirely being about it and for it, serves as a prompt as well as to embody the fervor and attitude of an inter-generational discourse pop savvy on such issues. We are after all molded by the music we listen to, the films and TV programs we watch, the books we read, where we mine mostly the meaning of our existence, gleaning from the troubled and awkward age of our first awakening.

“Time to tell your love story “. For this exhibit it, is a love story as an op-ed confessional, broadly expressed as dainty wispy pen strokes of biomorphic expulsions , as sensuous lines streaming into rivulets of mane and waves of nymphs, as finely cut embroidered appliques of pre-pubescent girls, as dense as a rubber tires bound by netted lace, as vivid splashes of purple and tangerine on writhing bound bodies, or as brash as a glittered banner extolling anatomical proprietorship.
We thus embolden you to take on this exhibit as a Trojan gift horse to be looked on in its mouth, its ears, its teeth, its full form, inside and out, lest it gallops away with all your bets, for this art show will be gone, too soon.

I’m privileged to be a part of Bull in the Heather, an all-woman exhibit that opens on the 29th of August at the Art Center in SM Megamall. Join us for the opening at 6pm! 🙂 The show will run until September 10th.

Feeling Relieved:

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I finally finished my last piece for the upcoming exhibit and I feel so light. I’ve mostly been on self-imposed house arrest to finish on time. Now that I’m done, I can allow myself to be excited for the exhibit. I gave up surfing last weekend for this!

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I’m also excited to get back to the gym because I haven’t been at all this past month, plus I’ve been eating a lot McDs and instant ramen so I feel like a whale.

Playing:

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To aid in my Steven Universe withdrawal, I bought Attack the Light on the app store. (Also because the price went down from $2.99 to $0.99.)

While I’ve played a couple of RPGs in my day, this is my first turn-based one. It’s also my first non-casual game that isn’t on the DS, so I’m still getting used to the touch screen. Fat fingers and touch screens are never a good combination, particularly when the attacks rely heavily on timing.

The characters are voices by the same actors who voice them on the show which is awesome. It’s both really adorable and frustrating, because like Steven, I get stressed when the Gems poof ha-ha!

Just Singin’, Singin’ in the Rain:

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I’ve got a trip coming up next month, so I’ve been on a pretty tight budget. I’d resigned myself to the fact that I wouldn’t be able afford to watch Singin’ in the Rain while it was in Manila. Lucky me, my fairy godmother of an Aunt asked me to be her date for the opening gala! ❤

It was awesome and just so much fun! I hadn’t seen the Gene Kelly movie since I was a kid, so the songs were a nostalgia bomb. Taryn-Lee Hudson, who plays Lena Lamont completely stole show.

It’s been a pretty good week, and I really hope this keeps up. After being sick on and off for almost a month, I could use more good weeks. 🙂

My Top 10 Steven Universe Songs

It’s been over a week since the last episode aired, and there’s only so many times I can re-watch old episodes til the show comes out of hiatus in August, so I thought I’d share my favourite songs from Steven Universe. ❤

Edited to include Soundcloud links instead of YouTube because the videos I embedded were getting taken down. 😐

Spoilery if you haven’t watched everything, I guess? You have been warned.

10. Strong In the Real Way (Episode 20: Coach Steven)

And can’t you see that she’s out of control / And overzealous? / I’m telling you for your own good / And not because I’m- .

Starting off with a bit of downer, but I feel for Pearl here. </3

9. Tower of Mistakes (Episode 62: Cry for Help)

I see a tower built out of my mistakes / And it all comes crashing down

Another downer, sorry, but Amethyst’s vulnerable moments are always amazingly done.

8. What Can I Do (Episode 60: We Need To Talk)

What can I do / for you? / What can I do / That no one else can do?

I like this song mostly because I love Rose Quartz’s voice. She was voiced by Susan Egan, who also voiced my favourite Disney lady, Megara. ❤

7. Be Wherever You Are (Episode 30: Island Adventure)

Isn’t this such a beautiful night / Whoa, we’re underneath the thousand shining stars / Isn’t it nice to find yourself somewhere different / Whoa, why don’t you let yourself just be wherever you are

It’s just such a feel good song. Also a pretty good reminder to live in the moment.

6. The Jam Song (Episode 57: Sworn to the Sword)

The sun is bright / our shirts are clean / we’re sitting up above the sea / Come on and share this jam with me!

This is such a fun, cute little ditty between Steven and Connie.

5. Comet (Episode 48: Story for Steven)

This life I chose isn’t easy / but sure is one heck of a ride / At the moment that I hit the stage /
I hear the universe calling my name

I always like flashback episodes that show rockstar-Greg. Also because it means more of the Gems pre-Steven. I NEED MORE BACKSTORY OF EVERYTHING.

4. Love Like You (Ending Theme)

If I could begin to be, / Half of what you think of me, / I could do about anything, / I could even learn how to love

Really soothing. Not in the video, but the various instrumental parts are good too.

3. We Are The Crystal Gems (Opening Theme)

Cause we’re good and evil never beats us / We’ll win the fight and then go out for pizzas

Using the clip from the pilot because I like the pizza line haha! I would have linked to the extended opening they debuted at this year’s SDCC, but there isn’t a  non-cam version up yet.

2. Giant Woman (Episode 12: Giant Woman)

But if it were me, I’d really wanna be a giant woman, / A giant woman! / All I wanna do is see you turn into a giant woman~

Since I first watched Steven Universe out of order, Giant Woman was the first episode I saw. The song is so catchy, I had it stuck in my head for two weeks.

1. Stronger Than You (Episode 52: Jail Break)

And you’re not gonna stop what we made together / We are gonna stay like this forever / If you break us apart, we’ll just come back newer / And we’ll always be twice the gem that you are./ I am made / Of / Love

Okay, I am Garnet trash. #SORRYNOTSORRY. Even if I weren’t, this would still be my favourite. Maybe because it’s the longest so far, it feels more complete? Really powerful lyrics though. Gives me goosebumps and everything.

What are your favourite songs from the series? Let me know! The reason I came up with my own list was because I disagreed with most of the top song lists I’ve come across on YouTube. 😛

Gab, Currently:

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Feeling Lousy.

In between my annual allergy cough, and on-again-off-again fever, everything’s just bleh. The last couple of times I actually left the house to go to the gym and a friend’s exhibit opening, I’ve needed a full day to recover. Bleh. Bleh. Bleh. My body needs to get it together asap.

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(Still) Working on exhibit pieces.

It is taking every ounce of my discipline and patience to keep myself working on paintings when I’m not working my actual job that pays the bills. Only two more to go and one month to finish them in. Yay, me?

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Binging Steven Universe.

I’ve been watching this on cable for a while now, but they keep airing it out of order, or the same few episodes over and over so my brother and I have been binge-watching it.

If you aren’t watching Steven Universe yet, you totally should. I haven’t been this into a cartoon series since my Ben10 phase. It’s wonderfully written and animated. I especially enjoy the score and the music, which I never really did with the other shows on Cartoon Network’s current line-up. It’s smart, and really subversive, but it reminds me I have a heart and makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I love the moms equally, but I have a special place in my heart for Square Mom’s tender moments with Steven.