Most Beautiful Music

Oliver and I were sitting on the steps of the Perpignan Public Library on Tuesday afternoon drinking our orange juice when a young man with a guitar wandered along and sat down about 10 feet away and started quietly strumming. Oliver noticed that he was drinking orange juice too.

A few minutes later another man, a little older and drinking a bottle of beer, came alone and, out of nowhere, starting singing the most beautiful music at the top of his lungs.

Words cannot do justice to how good a singer he was. Neither can this low-grade recording I made with my phone (00:55, 108KB MP3), although it will give you a little idea. A motorcycle sped down the street just after I started recording; towards the end Oliver starting singing himself, and asked me if he could dance.


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oliver on May 5, 2005 - 18:01 Permalink

Sounds Romany. Go see Latcho Drom at once.

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oliver on May 5, 2005 - 18:03 Permalink

That Amazon link wonn’t trigger the clip as I hope but it does take you to the right page. For comparison to the phone recording may I recommend track 16 “Ramona”

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oliver on May 5, 2005 - 18:08 Permalink

Speaking of “most beautiful,” I wouldn’t be surprised if for a month or two French Romany music was the most popular music in the world by way of Django Reinhardt.

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oliver on May 5, 2005 - 18:19 Permalink

Busking is an even bigger Romany stereotype than stealing chickens. If UNESCO had a list of World Heritage Cliches, what you and wee Oliver were priveleged to hear, would have been one of them. And you say you’re not one for monuments!