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we looked like angels ~ a virtual live performance

"we looked like angels" is one of nine songs that will be included in my next collection, to be released in spring of 2022. this piece explores the bitter sweet experience of going deep into a precious memory of love, long after the love has dissolved.

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bare bones: a short film by nina gala

"I need a chance to smell the roses before I grow old and die" sings gala on "bare bones" a song from her debut ep, "gala." the accompanying film, aims to magnify and celebrate simple moments of beauty and wonder. carefully cropped and framed images of natural wonders like soft flowing waves atop golden sand, the shiny flesh of an orange, and the wet crevices of honeycomb. These otherworldly visions all combine and collide in the film, and blur the lines between our reality, memory and dreams.

"gala." Nina Gala's debut EP

"gala." is a memoir-- an exploration of girlhood, vulnerability, trauma, and silence.

LYRICS: 

born wet: 7:14
theres so many words i've never spoken
tiny jewelry lockets never opened
i buried my tiny mind in sand and snow
i tucked away my love in the back of the top drawer

i was born wet
but i had to walk
made to speak
forbidden to talk
shy in the summer
you cut my hair off
i looked like joan of arc
in a turtle neck
and denim overalls

some things you just don't get back
that others have taken
you kick and then you scream
and then you play dead

don't forget to leave a light on
somewhere inside yourself
you will have your entire lifetime
to try and dig it back out

and here i am
and i wasn't meant
to be beautiful
or brilliant
yet here i stand
not as ugly as you imagined
somehow beautiful
and brilliant
i was born wet but i had to walk

little mothers: 5:43
when did my uncle 
start saying i love you 
every single day 
all these acts of kindness 
somehow combined into 
a great big wave 
and i sailed away 

the neighbors called us 
little mothers 
cus we took care of ourselves 
sneaking through the forest 
hovering over the stove 
putting dad to sleep 
well i've been hell 
so i know a pineapple paradise 
so maybe i'm in over my head 
don't knock me off my feet 
life just don't seem worth living without my dream 

so i'm reaching for the fruit 
i don't know if it's ripe 
but i've got to try 
so i'm reaching for the fruit 
hoping for something sweet 
hoping for something right 
get me the fastest black horse 
you can find 
and i'll ride away

dog days: 5:04
parachute of fear and doubt 
always looking for the ground 
or my way out 
settle now 

cus i love you right out in the open 
there is no hunter and no prey 
spent years in a shell 
in the darkness of the ocean 
but every dog has it's day 

drunk off your hum 
you sing in my ear all day long 
careful hands make quiet minds 
come inside 

cus i love you right out in the open 
the tallest tree in the storm 
i'm living off of the shock of your lightning 
you're my best friend forever more 

if i'm an orchard 
you're an orange grove 
a field of wheat 
the sweetest honeycomb 
i'm loving you until i grow old 
i find solace in what's to be seen 
and told

bare bones: 5:00
i don't like this circumstance 
locked up all the time 
i need a chance to smell the roses 
before i grow old and die 

memorys a funny thing 
we grow older but it stays young 
and everything we thought we knew 
starts to unravel 

whats out there and whats inside 
of everybody else's mind 
i wanna see your spirit crawl outside 
of your body and dance in moonlight 

tonight 

baby put your tarot cards down 
you keep drawing the face of death 
but you know you don't have to worry no 
cus you've got to die to be reborn again

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