Man-Size (man_size) wrote,

Michelangelo vs Schiele

Last night, SBX took me to see King's College London Choir at St. Bart's Church. It was a pleasant experience, even with the black ties and religious overtones backing every note. It made me happy to share a place with SBX that brings her nostalgia, meditation, and solace. Although, not religious at all (thank god!), SBX used to sing in Choir, including the very troop we were listening to. Turns out, choir is something she's sang all her life until, a few years after moving to the US-of-A, she got married and made babies. Apparently, it takes a lot of time and practice to sing "Greensleeves" and "Hallelujah." Time is something you don't have when making pape and growing girls. I think SBX really misses the magic of voices creating harmony sans instruments. The thrill of adding your voice to many and listening to what happens. Like jazz. Heck, SBX sang at Carnegie Hall, once, and that ain't no small potato's.

Churches make me uncomfortable. It always makes me study and think about the people who build these environments and the work and obsession that goes into these "houses of god." The same obsession in any other field would be deemed insanity. Why do these crucifix wearing folks get a free ticket? You don't see Jews trying to convert nobody, no how.

At the interval, SBX unexpectedly grabbed my hand and whisked us off the church steps and away from God's house and children. It was very romantic as we walked down Park Avenue at night, swinging hands, scoring Indian food at Grand Central Station, and eating it outside on a bench in Bryant Park. We never get to do corny stuff like that. We got into heavy convo about Michelangelo, and how religion affects art. I get despondent towards church paintings and narratives of Jesus Christ. It does nothing for me. I can respect the work and craft that goes into such efforts, but the results themselves rarely inspire me. Regardless of their import and history, art has always been an aesthetic response for me. I dig expression over representation. Schiele over Michelangelo. Later Picasso over early Picasso (although it took learning how to draw to then unlearn and make something unique, and I understand that process can take a lifetime). I guess that's why I dig low-brow art?

At home, I played some of the only semi-choir music I own, THE MISSION [composed, orchestrated, and conducted by legendary movie soundtrack artist, Ennio Morricone (famous for his Sergio Leone "Spaghetti Western" soundtracks - which I love!)]. Further investigation revealed that the choir he used were London Voices and Barnet Schools Choir, and the music performed by The London Philharmonic Orchestra.

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