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The Well Of Past: Le Gymnopédiste

...dreaming in color in the world of black and white...


The Well Of Past: Le Gymnopédiste

...dreaming in color in the world of black and white...


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Anyone I know? smile
vz-nostalgia: Depends how versed in music you are, Larry. smile
  • Suzanne
  • Canada
  • 23 Oct 2009, 03:06
A contemplative young Satie with his pianos... dreaming of 100 colorful umbrellas in a world of black and white.
vz-nostalgia: Erik Satie once wrote an epitaph for himself: "I was born too young for this old world", or something like that. I could put my signature under that with my eyes closed. smile

Dreaming of umbrellas in color might be essential for one's spiritual health, Ms. Suzanne. smile
You can create colour inside even if outside is still B/W. In his eyes you can see the colours already. Love the age that this photo has.
vz-nostalgia: DB: You can create colour inside even if outside is still B/W.
VZ: You can? I have a feeling you've done this, Ms. Delia. Would you like to share the secret how it's done? smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 23 Oct 2009, 07:04
So it is not little Vikky smile A real thinker it seems.

My epitaph: I was born too beautiful for this ugly world grin
vz-nostalgia: Amen, Louis. I'd put my signature under your epitaph without any doubt as well. smile
  • Chris
  • England
  • 23 Oct 2009, 09:25
A great portrait Vik
vz-nostalgia: If you say so, Chris. smile
  • Philine
  • Germany
  • 23 Oct 2009, 09:42
Oh, a wonderful old photo- a nostalgia photo, I could imagine that it could be the little Viktor - how he is looking at Matka or Babuschka or...after or before having played piano (not beloved by every child)- a bit sad- thoughtful-curious- in any case such a kind of mixture of feelings we know from this beginning age of puberty (10-12 years old?)and which reminds me of my own youth- but also of some novels, for example "The Confusions of young Torless" by Robert MusiL I'm just reading again (great psychological literature!)! Thanks for this very beautiful pic which may touch directly my heart!
vz-nostalgia: It is soaked with nostalgia indeed, Ms. Philine. I guess I could call the image "In The Key Of Nostalgia" smile
  • anniedog
  • United Kingdom
  • 23 Oct 2009, 10:05
vz-nostalgia: Young Satie? You read this too literally, Ms. Ingrid. Usually, you do a better job. LOL Satie was born in 1866. You don't think I'm that old, do you? smile
If you don't know anything about Satie, you better read up. He was an interesting character. He never invited anyone into his home. When he died, it was dicovered that no one cleaned his apartment for 25 years (since he moved in). LOL They found four pianos inside his apartment, but the amount of dust on them and the way they were placed (two were facing each other and the other two were on top of the first ones) tells us that he was composing music in his head, not even touching the pianos!
this is an old one, they hold memories don't they
vz-nostalgia: they certainly do, Ms. Chantal.
You? Wonderful! I like the eyes.
vz-nostalgia: Not me. Still like the eyes? smile
  • Ti
  • United States
  • 23 Oct 2009, 13:46
He just too handsome to be Viktor. smile

Although what's on the inside that counts, for that I give you credit to be as handsome as he. smile

(I can see the tail wagging again... smile)
vz-nostalgia: I'd wag it, if I had one, Ti. smile
The Gymnopedie no1 is one of those pieces well all know but never can recall who it is by. No wonder the young artist looks rueful
vz-nostalgia: I'd kindly disagree with you, Bill. The Gymnopedies and Gnossiennes are so distinctively recognizable, the name Satie is written on every note. smile
I didn't know the word "rueful". Thanks for the word of the day! smile
  • Eliza
  • Tanzania
  • 25 Oct 2009, 15:58
i downloaded the satie link you sent me...will put it on as soon as i write this comment smile - sitting here in the growing dark, sun setting over kili...and the next hour i finally get to spend some time on's been a while smile
vz-nostalgia: In this case, Satie's Gymnopedies will be a perfect companion for your sitting in the growing dark, Ms. Eliza. smile Don't forget about a glass of wine and a candle. smile
  • k.a.
  • s.a.
  • 25 Oct 2009, 16:09
or..depends how versed in 'google searching' you are, mr VZ

erik satie: precursor of Debussy..and also influenced ravel's music...(then i understand why you are familiar with him)..definitely this little boy didn't know what his life was going to be the day he took his first piano many of us didn't when we had our 'first' in the thing that influenced our life... you remember when you drew or painted your first 'building'...??? maybe the colors box didn't have all the tones you wanted to have, uh?

nice picture and great nostalgias...your speciality after all wink
vz-nostalgia: :
KA: depends how versed in 'google searching' you are, mr VZ
VZ: oh, I'm versed in google search alright, Ms. KA. Only, I don't have to search for Satie. smile
KA: erik satie: precursor of Debussy...
VZ: not only Debussy, but the whole ambient music movement. He was way ahead of his time. smile
KA: you remember when you drew or painted your first 'building'...???
VZ: I always kept a notebook in my school bag, which was filled with all kinds of drawings, from John Lennon and Paul McCartney portraits to abstract compositions that didn't make any sense to anyone, except for me. smile
  • k.a.
  • s.a.
  • 25 Oct 2009, 18:29
smile i'd be nice to see little viktor's drawings and abstract compositions smile
vz-nostalgia: you must be kidding, Ms. KA. I gave away my book and LP libraries before moving to the US, and you want me to keep my notebook with naive drawings? smile
  • Ray
  • Thailand
  • 25 Oct 2009, 22:10
Had more than enough of those blasted scales...
vz-nostalgia: Better tell me what you didn't have enough, Ray? smile
and oldie...
vz-nostalgia: How did you come to this conclusion, Ms. Chantal? smile You can't trust photography about age nowadays, same way one takes it with a grain of salt, when a woman talks about her age. smile
a human being? what happened?
i like the textures, gives the picture a really really old feel
vz-nostalgia: :
Toun: a human being? what happened?
VZ: Got to step out of the box now and then, Ms. Toun. smile
I have a huge box full of shots like this from my dad's family. I love them.
vz-nostalgia: Welcome back to Nostalgia, Ms. Gail. It's been a while. smile
  • k@
  • France
  • 3 Nov 2009, 22:41
Satiesque mood for sure - marvelous !
vz-nostalgia: smile you must know a thing or two about Satie that some of us don't, Ms. K@. smile
Good Lord above: this is me circa 1971... who gave you this pic???

I'm gonna sue... but then again, I hate lawyers...

Oh well, f**k it...smilesmile
vz-nostalgia: That is not your fault that you were born in that time, Dave. smile
I assume you still play piano then. smile
It that you Victor as a younger boy ;D
vz-nostalgia: smile not exactly. Let's say he's a part of me. smile
  • Svetlana
  • United States
  • 17 May 2014, 21:02
Tune yourself into the idle mode,
Play some memories you thought have been forever gone,
Let them catch the hazy Milky Way by tail,
Take you home – the place you never fail.
Watch the sunrise glimmer in your children eyes,
Hope it’s not erased by the inevitable marks of time.
Following the path you’re paving with this light, -
You will find the color in the world of black and white…
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