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photoblog image My Peachtree Street: Dark Symphony of Steps...

My Peachtree Street: Dark Symphony of Steps...

...Might Lead To Unexpected Places

 

These steps. They've led me to witness the magic of Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner, Sigur Ros and Pat Metheny, Dawn Upshaw and Joshua Bell and countless more.    

This time the steps have led me to a surprising place. The line-up for the upcoming concert was rather eclectic, but irresistible: Vaughan Williams, Osvaldo Golijov, and Igor Stravinsky. I was on the ASO website, contemplating what day to buy two tickets on: Friday, Saturday or Sunday, when a promotional email from the Atlanta Symphony popped up with a buy-one-get-one-free offer for the Friday concert. My contemplation was over the same minute. 

The concert was lovely. Vaughan Williams' piece, The Tallis Fantasia, was charming. Osvaldo Golijov's "Youth Without Youth" was intriguing. I have this album, but it was interesting to see the making of the piece, which included the Persian upright violin, Romanian cymbals, accordion, and the laptop remix wizardry, all in front of the orchestra. Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" was the most complex oeuvre, but there was no surprise here. I've heard it many times before.  
And here is what made the whole experience so different that evening: a lady in a tight sparkling black evening gown was my immediate neighbor to the right. She had a décolleté so deep, the dress was barely covering her oversized breasts. I must confess, her cleavage was like a magnet to my eyes. Stravinsky, despite being a genius, had no chance competing against this lady's beauties, on which my tired eyes quite often found rest.

I am happy to report that the Atlanta Symphony has fulfilled their promise. I did have two shows for the price of one, indeed. :-)

My Peachtree Street: Dark Symphony of Steps...

...Might Lead To Unexpected Places

 

These steps. They've led me to witness the magic of Keith Jarrett and McCoy Tyner, Sigur Ros and Pat Metheny, Dawn Upshaw and Joshua Bell and countless more.    

This time the steps have led me to a surprising place. The line-up for the upcoming concert was rather eclectic, but irresistible: Vaughan Williams, Osvaldo Golijov, and Igor Stravinsky. I was on the ASO website, contemplating what day to buy two tickets on: Friday, Saturday or Sunday, when a promotional email from the Atlanta Symphony popped up with a buy-one-get-one-free offer for the Friday concert. My contemplation was over the same minute. 

The concert was lovely. Vaughan Williams' piece, The Tallis Fantasia, was charming. Osvaldo Golijov's "Youth Without Youth" was intriguing. I have this album, but it was interesting to see the making of the piece, which included the Persian upright violin, Romanian cymbals, accordion, and the laptop remix wizardry, all in front of the orchestra. Stravinsky's "The Rite of Spring" was the most complex oeuvre, but there was no surprise here. I've heard it many times before.  
And here is what made the whole experience so different that evening: a lady in a tight sparkling black evening gown was my immediate neighbor to the right. She had a décolleté so deep, the dress was barely covering her oversized breasts. I must confess, her cleavage was like a magnet to my eyes. Stravinsky, despite being a genius, had no chance competing against this lady's beauties, on which my tired eyes quite often found rest.

I am happy to report that the Atlanta Symphony has fulfilled their promise. I did have two shows for the price of one, indeed. :-)

comments (22)

Close proximity to a heaving bosom would distract even the strongest of us Viktor
vz-nostalgia: I knew someone would understand my pain. smile
  • Eliza
  • Tanzania
  • 19 Feb 2010, 03:38
hahaha, i laughed at this, envisaging the scene...but i'm glad you were able to concentrate enough to appreciate the thomas tallis fantasia (probably one of my all time favourite pieces of music ever!!) - can of course now add a few others that you've sent my way. remind me we must talk about pat metheny... i do miss concert halls and live music. right now i have the usual farm morning serenade: a bloody loud cockeral crowing right outside the window sad
vz-nostalgia: At times, I wish we could trade the places, Ms. Eliza. I'd be glad to exchange a concert hall preformance to a couple of hours of a farm morning serenade. smile
Almost as much dept in this picture as what you saw in the concertsmile
vz-nostalgia: I like your thought, Nig. smile See, it's not that difficult to say something smart beside the banal praise. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 19 Feb 2010, 08:05
This is dark & intriguing Vik.I have rarely heard Vaughan Williams & Stravinski mentioned in the same sentence. I shall be doing an homage to the latter at the beginning of March
vz-nostalgia: and when you add to those two a contemporary Argentinean composer Osvaldo Golijov, it looks totally off the charts, Chris. smile
In what form and shape you plan to do your homage to Stravinsky, Chris? Hope not dancing nude in your backyard with the "Rite of Spring" blasting from your stereo. smile
  • Ewa
  • Sweden
  • 19 Feb 2010, 11:35
Talking about cleavage - look at my picture for tomorrow the 20th! Great architecture photo this one, strong lines that pulls you into the picture. Ewa
vz-nostalgia: smile
Ewa: Talking about cleavage - look at my picture for tomorrow...
VZ: smile O-la-la. A self-portrait, Ms. Ewa? smile Careful now. I still can't get over the cleavage at the concert. smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 19 Feb 2010, 11:35
Blame it on "Rites of Spring", VZ...
vz-nostalgia: smile as if I have a choice. smile
  • kimera
  • spain
  • 19 Feb 2010, 12:18
good perspective...
vz-nostalgia: That is exactly what I was saying, when I wasn't looking at the stage, kimera. smile
beautiful shot! the b&w is great, and I like the angle of the shot. i think it really adds something here. well done!
vz-nostalgia: smile I will just wait, when you exhaust your reserve of superlatives, Charles. I'm a patient man. smile
Good diagonal shot VZ..great in B&W..Have you ever tried wearing blinkers, that the horses wear
vz-nostalgia: smile
Ron: Have you ever tried wearing blinkers...
VZ: smile I wouldn't do anything that would narrow my horizons, Ron. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Feb 2010, 14:40
My first thought was: a piano of steps - I would like to see these steps photographed from different points of view - always different structures, presumedly!
Yes, you are right: Strawinsky's "The Rite of Spring" (we use the French title)is gorgeous and breathtaking - wild,indeed, and I saw this oeuvre danced by Pina Bausch's famous dancing company in Wuppertal and also in the film project created by Sir Simon Rattle/Philharmony Berlin! I think your attachment to the lady near to you "barely covering her oversized breasts" must have something to do with the exuberance and vividness of this music- don't feel ashamed and your better half may feel with you! As a Catholic priest (and lover of music) once confessed to me, there is a special-wonderful relationship between music and eroticism!
vz-nostalgia: smile
Philine: As a Catholic priest (and lover of music)...
VZ: Ah, if you'd just say "and lover", Philine, you would knock my socks off. smile
Philine: As a Catholic priest... once confessed to me, there is a special-wonderful relationship between music and eroticism!
VZ: smile I had no need for a priest to discover this, Philine. When I was in my early teens, I heard Serge Gainsbourg and Jane Birkin's "Je t'aime moi non plus" and that was it. smile
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZEGHgpbBZNU&feature=related
Many feet have walked these steps, I wonder how many, your story has made me laugh todaysmile
vz-nostalgia: Bear my story in mind next time you dress for a symphony concert, Ms. Linda. smile
Excellent composition, VZ!
vz-nostalgia: I told my wife the same thing after the concert was over, Tom. smile
  • zed
  • Australia
  • 19 Feb 2010, 20:10
l am unsure what was more memorable the concert or the decolletage.

Intriguing image VZ, your POV and the perspective effect just draw you in
vz-nostalgia: smile
Zed: l am unsure what was more memorable the concert or the decolletage.
VZ: I will cherish both in my memory, zed. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 19 Feb 2010, 20:27
Thanks for the video- ja, wonderful! The scenery of Venice adds something to the music!

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/x2w4rj_pina-bausch-le-sacre_music

The Film with Sir Simon Rattle and the Berliner Philharmoniker I may very recommend has the title "Rhythm is it!"
vz-nostalgia: What a fantastic scenography by Pina Bausch, Ms. Philine. Malou Airaudo is an incredible dancer. I definitely need to find that film.
  • Mal
  • United Kingdom
  • 19 Feb 2010, 22:45
I've always been impressed with "BOGOF" deals, buy one get one free, it seems that your free addition of the plunging cleavage was a worthy investment indeed.

I'm reminded of of Friday evenings as a child where the family would gather to listen to a classical radio station that my father was partial to, along with the regular classics the station would champion the more modern, along with which regularly came Vaughan Williams with the uplifting "oldie England" times gone by feel that he portrays so well. It's a happy, feel good memory that I will go to the grave with, of times gone by. But even given this I would have been fully distracted by your neighbour!....
vz-nostalgia: When I was a kid, there was a program on the radio called "Good Morning and A Happy New Day" on Sunday morning. It was a few hours of music and funny stories. I don't think my father missed a single one of them, and he would crack up that volume knob, so he would hear it anywhere in the house. I remember always awakening from teh sounds of this program. I'd lie in bed, half asleep, listening to it. Truly, times gone by, Mal.
In the deepest depths of a Vermont winter, Viktor, we consider a deep décolleté to be THE Rite of Spring.
Sounds like a great concert...wish I'd been there. All these pieces are among my favorites.
vz-nostalgia: smile I know you wish you'd been there, Alan... on the other side of teh lady in black. smile
  • zhen
  • Australia
  • 20 Feb 2010, 05:19
haha!

I like this pic. Actually it is very much in the style of something I would take- black and white, geometric lines...

sounds like a nice concert- I think I have a Vaughan Williams piece on one of my CDs...

I think I'm aiming to catch a good classical concert in Prague smile
vz-nostalgia: smile
Zhen: ...it is very much in the style of something I would take- black and white, geometric lines...
VZ: There must be an architect sleeps deep inside of you, Ms. Zhen.
Zhen: I'm aiming to catch a good classical concert in Prague
VZ: You don't have to travel that far for that, Ms. Zhen. The Sidney Opera House is just around the corner. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 20 Feb 2010, 21:19
vz-nostalgia: Thanks, Ms. Philine.
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 21 Feb 2010, 09:58
Fascinating story told by the steps and repeated by your ever inquisitive mind smile
I do say sir, as an architect, could you improve on cleavage design?
"Je t'aime moi non plus" - I was all of 16 years old when it hit the charts and living in a quite conservative SA at the time. The song and movie not destined for SA. But on shortwave I could listen from other countries. I also had a french girl translate the words for me - she did a very good translation.
vz-nostalgia: smile
Louis: I do say sir, as an architect, could you improve on cleavage design?
VZ: Wrong address, sir. If I were in teh cleavage improvement business, I'd be a plastic surgeon, I'd live in LA, earning three times more money and all I'd see all day long is beautiful women (with saggy tits, though smile)
Louis: I also had a french girl translate the words for me - she did a very good translation.
VZ: Ah, For a 16 year old boy, there is nothing sweeter in the world than a good comprehensive translation from French girl. smile
Louis: ...on shortwave I could listen from other countries
VZ: At least, SA government wasn't jamming teh shortwaves, as the Soviets did. smile Fortunately, a jazz program on the "Voice of America" was aired deep at night. They usually stopped jamming after midnight. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 21 Feb 2010, 13:14
VZ, I forgot to tell and to make you a bit jealous a concert on the following Tuesday I'll listen to: Strawinsky, Le sacre du printemps (in connection with Bruckner, symphony Nr.3), by Lorin Maazel and the Wiener Philharmoniker in Philharmone Essen!
vz-nostalgia: smile I'm not a bit jealous, Ms. Philine, as I've already had my share of Stravinsky. smile
You absolutely nailed the composition. A shot like this often falls apart at the horizon, but you made the right cut. Well done, VZ!! /T
vz-nostalgia: smile I'm afraid I nailed not only the composition, but the lady's cleavage too, Thomas. smile
Well done. I normally won't stop to read the text - just let the picture do all the talking - but enjoyed the missive, too.
vz-nostalgia: Photographs with text are like songs, Michael. In some songs you don't care much for the lyrics, but enjoy the music (say, listening to Sigur Ros). Other songs are more appealing for their poetry and the melody is rather simple (like Leonard Cohen's songs). When both, the lyrics and teh melody hit the mark (a rare case indeed), now we're talking about a timeless piece. smile
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