This summer has been an INCREDIBLY busy time for me. Probably the busiest of my life. Lately, I've seen my professional life open up and blossom (which I am grateful for), but GOD AM I TIRED.
In between a long-running show four nights a week and a busy theme park summer six days a week, on top of being a person, here are some of the stories and pieces of art that have stuck with me and helped me persevere:
- Emotion (2015) by Carly Rae Jepsen
Y'all. I completely forgot pop music could be good before I listened to this album. I'm usually very critical when it comes to any high-production music, but I absolutely FELL IN LOVE with the consistent synthpop/vaporwave atmosphere. I loved the catchiness of each melody on top of interesting, dynamic textures in the instrumentals. "Run Away With Me," "All That," and "Warm Blood" are my favorite tracks. Pretty sure this album powered me up Cowles Mountain.
I love the absurd, stupid-but-intelligent-but-mainly-stupid humor of the McElroy brothers. This podcast (as well as their other podcast The Adventure Zone) is my favorite thing to listen to passively when I need to unwind before/after busy days.
Some friends invited us to GhibliFest 2017 at a local movie theater, and I'm so glad I made it. I lived in Japan from 1996-1998, so I think it's pretty safe to say that Hayao Miyazaki and Studio Ghibli's films are very near and dear to my heart (I mean, I only really watched Kiki's Delivery Service on repeat, but I'm glad to expand my horizons). The images, music, stories, and characters give me the kind of peace that I only feel in Japan. This movie was no different - I was thrilled, inspired, and left strong enough to face adulthood again after two hours of peace.
- Deaf West Productions' Spring Awakening
I have so much to say about this production, I feel like I can't express them all coherently. Everything, from the direction to the conscious and intentional diverse cast, was amazing. I (admittedly) watched a bootleg on YouTube and was entirely grateful to have witnessed even a simulacra of this piece of theatre.
My summer is officially winding down, evidenced by the time I had to write this, and I'm both freaked out and (you guessed it) grateful. I'm excited for projects yet to come - I'm basically booked for the next six months or so, and in between I'm hoping to devote more time to fueling creative energy.
Until next time: stay hydrated.