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than it disappears from my line of sight.
I find myself thinking, that it’s no wonder
we are an attention deficient culture that
has lost its connection with nature. Our
technology supports us in distancing
ourselves from our planet; we become
numb to the pain we are causing her,
hence the catastrophic global warming
issues we now face. The sweet girl drops
me right outside an international hostel
in Bordeaux that she knows.
I thank her & curiously enter
the dank concrete building feeling
excitement about the prospect of
sleeping in a bed & maybe even
speaking English with someone! Once
I have been shown my bed and have
chatted to a few people in the hostel I
decide to go for a walk. In the foreground
of my mind I think that it would be great
to hear some live music as I haven’t
listened to any at all in over a month
& I feel starved of musical sensory
experiences. After walking for around
ten minutes I find a record shop. The first
little booklet I pick up seems to be a gig
guide to Bordeaux. I open it randomly
and what I now see strikes me like a
bolt of lightening. “God Speed, You
Black Emperor” Yanqi UXO European
Tour, 20th May 2003, 7.30pm at Theatre
Barbie. I freeze. That’s in one hour from
now! Godspeed is one of my favourite
bands and as it turns out The Theatre
Barbie is directly behind my hostel! I
can even see the musicians from my
dorm room window! This synchronicity
astounds me. It feels as though I am
being rewarded for all my efforts of
walking across France in the name of
Love.
I enter the dark, womb like
auditorium. I purposefully place myself
close to the large speaker on the left side
of the darkened stage. Suddenly a loud,
continuous bass sound blasts out of the
speakers. It penetrates my entire being.
Then the stage lights up & it begins.
Starting with weeping violins, moaning
cellos, backed by drums & guitars, the
music maintains a slow, soft, driving
rhythm that gradually quickens and
avantoure
|
adrenaline rainbow
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