Sunday, July 12, 2009

'When the night has come and the land is dark..'

No busking for me this weekend.

Saturday I went out to Coney Island on what turned out to be one of the windiest days of the summer so far, and saw these guys playing under a marquee on the Boardwalk.

Turns out there was a short documentary film entered in the Coney Island Film Festival a few years ago looking at street musicians, called Santos And The Romantics, directed by a Russian filmmaker, Dmitry Khavin. If anyone has seen it, let me know?

On the subject of movies, there's a really good documentary called Playing For Change, about the transformative power of music all around the world and what unites us as human beings.

The movie's director, Mark Johnson, says: "When there's no separation between music and people, when music is just happening and people can walk by and it can affect them, that this is an opportunity for us to really find a way to bring people together."

I couldn't agree more.

There's a Bill Moyers interview with Mark Johnson here. Please watch it if you can?

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