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Music in the Paris Metro

Posted by bert5 on 23 August 2009

There weren’t any performers in London Underground, probably because it’s so expensive to just ride the Tube or because the ever orderly British just don’t allow it.  But in the Paris Metro, there are performers galore.  Probably more than in the New York subway.  I don’t like accordion players though, and generally the aggressive musicians which get on the trains are unbearable for more than one or two stops.  But I’ve donated change to a couple more serious musicians:

  1. A young to middle aged male saxophone player on solo — i.e. without the cheap sounding canned piano accompaniment other sax players had put on.  It was sad and haunting and beautiful and carried throughout the long corridor from line 1 to line 11 at Hotel de Ville.
  2. A middle aged Asian woman on the liuqin (or other related plucked Chinese string instrument).  She was raking it in, but it was beautiful and unique and also carried well throughout the station even perhaps to the platforms.  She was in the correspondance corridor at Franklin D. Roosevelt station.

It occurs to me that they could be just needing practice and lacking a soundproof place in crowded Paris, the Metro was their solution which also happens to make them money. Read the rest of this entry »

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Michael Jackson — a gay man

Posted by bert5 on 26 June 2009

None of the mainstream media comes out and says it, but it seems obvious to me that Michael Jackson was a closeted gay man.

There is the fact that Michael was the youngest of five brothers.  It has been found statistically more likely that having more older brothers increases the chance of being gay.  Much has been made of his androgyny and boy-man personality.  Neither of his marriages were particularly successful or lasted very long.  He did not seem to have his children through conventional means.  He had a love of wild flamboyant costumes and dancing.  In later years, however, he seemed determined to butch it up a little more perhaps to keep up appearances, perhaps for his children.  Also, Michael’s fixation on ‘improving’ his own appearance to the extent that he had so many plastic surgeries smells like an extreme version of the common gay male affliction.

But probably of course, the strongest evidence is his fondness of sharing his bed with boys.  Read the rest of this entry »

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Fix You — Coldplay

Posted by bert5 on 26 May 2009

When you try your best but you don’t succeed

When you love someone but it goes to waste
What could be worse?

When you’re too in love to let it go
But if you never try you’ll never know
Just what you’re worth

The live version of this song (here) is cool with the crowd singing along, and the melody gets brilliantly extended.  Unfortunately, the fine original lyrics about unrequited love get squashed with some ad libs.

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Lights will guide you home
And ignite your bones
And I will try to fix you

The chorus is a little more supernatural and has religious overtones.  So, of course, this is a part that I don’t quite appreciate as much, but the tune is catchy.

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Antonín Dvořák: “From the New World”

Posted by bert5 on 5 March 2008

Was watching the NY Philharmonic performance in North Korea on tv, and it refreshed my memory about the amazing 2nd movement of this symphony. It’s really melancholy, but just really wonderful. There is some mention that Dvořák took some inspiration from Native American music and African American spirituals in writing the symphony. He stayed in America for a time, but was homesick for his homeland after only three years. In that sense, his brief stay doesn’t quite qualify him as an American, but having written a beautiful symphony for the NY Philharmonic might just do.

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Dutch painting at the Met

Posted by bert5 on 18 September 2007

NYT  Maybe still worth a visit despite this critical review.

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