May 27, 2015

Eargasm



Charice may have lost a few of her massive fan base by her unpopular decision to come out. It's brave, but is it necessary? I'd say it is. A true artist has to find her core and be vulnerable with it to channel necessary emotion to invoke inspiration.  However idiosyncratic it is, it becomes her ticket to legitimacy of her craft.

Her recent performance in Asia's Got Talent marked her arrival as a true artist. The sincerity of it, the calmness of her demeanor, the restraint and her intuitive approach to draw poignant emotion marked her maturity as a great singer.  No longer does she need to belt out a high note with pitch perfect clarity to prove her worth as an artist, as she knows she's no longer playing in that old arena she once fearlessly dominated. Let's leave it to the amateurs to embrace a tacky display of vocal prowess at the expense of losing the integrity of the song. It's a breathe of fresh air to see her finally getting attuned to the true essence of singing her heart out. This is the first time I truly enjoyed listening or rather savoring every melancholic melody of the song. No disrespect to Sam Smith but I'm actually more inclined with Charice's version, because I felt more connected with it.

In the end, we remember the emotion the song carried through more than the bravado of how technically flawless it was rendered.  It is pure "eargasm."

Charice let your honesty and vulnerability continue to shine through in every performance.  Not aĺl artist can manage to pull it off as gracefully as you can.

I hear you now better than ever.

February 25, 2015

Raise Your Paws Up!



Raise your paws up, ‪‎little monsters‬! The Gaga is so back! I remember the risk I took upon declaring my allegiance to the cult of little monstrosity- the judgmental look of my friends, the mean retort of some of them, telling me Gaga is just a lame Madonna-wannabe. All these I endured because I see the spark of a real star in Gaga. After the dust settles, I feel so vindicated now.


February 10, 2015

That Thing Called Tadhana

 
 

I'm a sucker for happy endings, reason why I love watching romcom. But ‪‎That Thing Called Tadhana‬'s culminating in a rather unpopular ending almost makes me scream, "Why?! ... p*** naman o!" But on my way home, I've realised ok pala s'ya. We need more of these movies to remind us of the beauty of unconventional happy endings. OK, we may may have different take on it, either way, I love the fact that Anthony is happy, yun naman importante di ba? Popular happy endings make us hard-wired to have linear expectations of our own love life. It makes us "atat" to see its end, which should be predictably happy. And there lies the problem, because it doesn't operate that way all the time. The movie may remind us of the lessons we've learned from the hullabaloo of our past loves. It reinforces us to look at the bright side of it, whether we're at the losing end. After all, love is multidimensional.  It's all about perspective, baby!