Friday, June 25, 2010

That kind of music, it just

As you may have heard recently, an art installation was recently, um, installed in New York that put 60 pianos on the streets for people to play. There's one in City Hall Park, near my office, and as I was walking to the train yesterday after a truly awful day, I stopped and watched a couple people play. One of my favorite things ever (I need to add it to the list) is when people surprise me. Like when super conservative people are sexual deviants. Or, you know, when Wall Street guys in suits sit down and play some Brahms on their way home from Deutsche Bank. Apples, oranges.

After he finished playing, the guy who had played right before him and his friend geeked out and asked the pianist if it was a Brahms piece, and he said yes and told them which one it was. I couldn't hear him, but it reminded me of one of my favorite pieces of music ever, Brahms' Requiem, Op. 45. I remember we played this in my high school symphonic band and I was always in love with it. It's nine minutes long. Do your soul a favor and crank your speakers up.

Sometimes, art exists to make us feel small and big at the same time.


  1. i posted about this as well.. apparently its just a temporary thing... sad, too bad they can't have it year round...

  2. I love that too, the unexpected sexual deviant piano player comic book nerd stock broker.

    The piano thing is cool. It's interacting with the city in a way that hasn't been done before.

  3. I really like this. What a cool way to inspire people.
    "Sometimes, art exists to make us feel small and big at the same time." Love this :]

    -Juliette WhereForArtThouRomeo