Monday, October 22, 2012

Still a Beatle

I saw the TV concert of Paul McCartney with orchestra doing songs from his Kisses on the Bottom album, a handful of carefully chosen evergreen covers and a couple of new songs of his composed in the same style. What stood out the most was what a delicate singer he can be.

After the Beatles, Paul McCartney made a few albums that I enjoyed tremendously: his initial solo album as well as the first couple of records with the Wings. I saw two of the Wings concerts, too, back in the early 1970's. But after a few years, the following albums attracted me less and less, until they just got unbearably cozy. That has little to do with rock'n'roll.

In the decades to follow, Paul McCartney has really just stood out enough for me to notice, when doing old Beatles songs with surprising vitality and delight. That's hard not to adore.

But this TV show was a magnet, although I was really just zapping through the channels. My thumb halted on the remote, as my ears picked up something in his voice, telling me that Paul was getting into this for real. He was singing delicately, taking great care of every word – both its tone and its meaning.

Skilled singing, indeed. But more than that. In his care, the songs were lustfully opening themselves to the listener, as if seduced by Casanova, shivering at his every touch. Paul McCartney proved able to handle each song in just the way it must always have longed for.

And he made it seem so easy, like a child using a bucket to build sand castles on the beach. But it's not that easy for anyone else. Well, whatever else has happened these past decades, Paul reminded me that he was a Beatle, and still is.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Kosice Closeups

I was in Kosice, Slovakia, for an aikido seminar. Before it started, I had a chance to stroll around the city with my camera. As usual, I looked more for details than scenery. I wonder how long I will keep that up.

You find more of my Kosice photos here: Kosice Closeups

Monday, October 1, 2012

Tokyo Photos

I was in Tokyo for a couple of weeks, mainly for meetings. But I got some time for strolling in the city with my camera. Here are some of those photos. Click the images to see them enlarged.

A band playing by the Shinjuku station.

A vocal group performing in Shinjuku.

A street view from Shinjuku.

Another street view from Shinjuku.

Shinjuku buildings.

Kind of a crossing on a Tokyo street.

A demonstration in Tokyo, don't ask me about what.

At the little fish market in Tokyo.

The slight difference between generations.

A Shinjuku house in front of my hotel window.

A rainy view from Yoyogi Olympic Center.

A Tokyo shop.

The Tokyo subway.

A Tokyo subway station.

Uniformed group on a Shinjuku street.

Tokyo view from Yoyogi Olympic center.
You find more Tokyo photos on my website: Tokyo train ride photos