Monday, 12 September 2011
Waving to the flag
On a day that foreign neighbours were checking their backs for phantom terrorists, Quebecois were getting down on their hands and knees in a gesture of empathy and intrigue.
Below is a sketch by Meghan, great image for a postage stamp don't you think? After watching me playing piano without knowing she was there, she offered to show me her sketch-book, a glimpse into an interior world all of it's own and the start of a great conversation. It takes a certain patient observation to be able to transfer what you see to a page, like a meditation. I think it's similar to a kind of transformation where your physical environment disappears for a while.
I tend to use music as a way to lose myself at the moment. I used to record music, I spent hours and hours doing this and it was almost always constructed as something other people would want to listen to. Of course I was never completely happy with the outcome so I didn't play to people at all (other than close friends). Now-days I improvise around a feeling and just let my mind roam around an idea, when I get close to something that sounds well defined like a melody I try to break it or interrupt it, the outcome is almost always messy and rough, but I don't mind people listening. To be honest I still think I play better when nobody is listening at all, but often that's just a perception.
Here are some observations that I found in my letterbox
And an offer to discover Montreal on its own terms.
I've been offered a few things through my windows but never a place in a family before.
This is Sylvie whose has spent a life of performing and only recently come to selling houses. She says it's the stories that she finds most interesting about the job, why people are leaving a home or why they look for a new one, each has an interesting story that brought them to this place.
And here are some photos sent to me by Michael Fortin from Terrebonne. His wide angle lens makes this pad look more like a luxury suit. It also makes me look about 6 foot 8. So there you go fellas, get yourself a wide angle lens and you will instantly be transformed.
And also - I met a guy called Andre who is an architect doing a number of interesting projects around the place. He came back later in the day with a bunch of photographs he'd printed out for me - many thanks Andre.