Vieux cadre rouillé, French for "rusty old frames"
"Opera in cinemas is out; DJs are in? It’s a very 21st-century conundrum" - Flora Willson
Hush and Listen, bringing live music and the idealized room for authenticity back. An intimate event that took place this past Saturday 14 April at the Brazen Head Library, Sandton.
Arriving at the Brazen Head Library, the aesthetics added to the type of performances I was about to receive that night. Being exposed to the typical busking scene of the Cape Town V & A Waterfront. The Hush setting was a space for me to experience a sense of catharsis. I had to shift my taste to this specific setting, where you’d find dusty old books that wanted to be read and rusty frames along the walls that had their own story to tell. This imagery slowly transported me to a surreal world. In a parallel universe I am probably speaking fluent French, with red lipstick and a glass of red wine in my hand and Edith Piaf’s "Non, Je ne regretted rien" softly playing in the background or so I imagine.
Being the first to arrive, and hoping I was not the only to arrive, more people entered the space, yet the total bodies in the room was a tad disappointing. This specific event had so much to offer the average being and each musician/ band had a story to tell that needed to be heard. Being from an artistic background I cringe at the fact that artists or musicians are not getting as much support as bloggers. All aiming to do the same thing at the end of the day right? Entertain and share our stories.
Nevertheless, the show must go on, and it did. With an interval between every artist and enough time for a loo break without missing anything the show concluded with I The Delicate, a bohemian sound with a poetic voice by Meagan King. A wonderful ending to the show, if you ask me.
Upon leaving, I was able to connect with each artist individually which is something not commonly achieved, being in a musical culture in a digital age.
Listening in introspection, I didn't want it to end - ever.
Special thanks to each artist that performed, The Laliath Band, Werner Bekker, Joshua Wood and I The Delicate. To Fitchfork thank you for the opportunity to witness such spectacular musicians, I was transported throughout the performance/show.