Thursday, 19 March 2009

Parklife: Music

At the risk of sounding like a monomaniac, let me introduce you to the park musicians. This solitary saxophonist was letting rip a fine jazz number. For some reason, the sound of sax jazz makes me feel like I should be in New Orleans or New York. Possibly during the 1950s. And that I should be consuming an excessive about of benezedrine. Even though I have never visited the North American continent. Or ever sampled benezedrine.
On the other side of the park, these guys were holding an informal classical Chinese concert. I have to admit that classical Chinese music generally reminds me of a cat fight. My clumsy Caucausian tonal range just does not appreciate those high notes. However, I was surprised to find that I was actually quite enjoying listening to them. Until as I was walking away, a woman started to sing - and, I'm sure she's a very good singer, but cats fighting wasn't even in it. My eardrums hurt. I love the expression on the singer's face!
I promise you that tomorrow I will write about something other than parks.


  1. Jazz in New Orleans is AWESOME and I would highly recommend a visit to that city. Chinese opera is just as bad and I can not imagine standing in a park and listening to it! No I haven't been to China yet as my son has had to come home once a year for family commitments...maybe this summer I will make it!

  2. I love jazz music and especially the sexy saxaphone! Parks are wonderful places, I write about them all the time. Thank you for sharing and you are right the old guys is delightful. I will be back!

  3. Walking along Bourbon Street and listening to jazz emanating from every buidling is an experience. I hope you get to New Orleans one day as I did over 20 years ago. But I have to say, your own experiences are to be envied. I once saw a Chinese variety show in San Diego, there was even some Chinese Opera which I found truly enjoyable and completely fascinating. But to be in China and see this firsthand, what stories you are going to be able to tell in the years ahead.

  4. Funny that you'd hear sax jazz in a Chinese park! I lived in New Orleans for several years and always loved the jazz.
    Classical Chinese probably wouldn't appeal to me, but I do like the expression in the last photo.

  5. I really hope I get to go to New Orleans one day. So little money, so many wonderful places to visit. *Sigh!* But I like to think I'm getting as much as possible out of China.