A more personal and emotional edition today due to the uncertain times we have been challenged to deal with . In the news they talk about a second wave but I want to talk about the waves of emotions this pandemic releases in us and how we deal with them . So let’s use today’s hour together as a form of meditation, an exercise for introspection, see where the songs lead us and which emotions they bring up, whether we feel them in our heart, body or mind. With hope, gratitude and kindness.
Unwind Rewind season 2 episode 16 ‘It’s time to feel blessed’ – As you know I don’t like talking about the weather but I do like to use it as musical inspiration and metaphors… Rain, Rainbows then Sun… Sunny… and a whole lotta soul…
On Tuesday May 20th theAngelcy will be performing live at the Barby to celebrate the release of their well expected album ‘Exit Inside’. TheAngelcy, a most unusual Israeli Indie band, speaks of a very personal, local and contemporary reality in universal, international English that is both simple and poetic. The band’s music is being arranged in a tiny room in one of the most under developed neighborhoods in Tel Aviv, and from there reaches hundreds of thousands of listeners around the world, featured on radio, television and cinema, and of course on stage, in venues and festival in Israel and abroad” Tickets: www.barby.co.il 03-5188123 https://www.youtube.com/user/theAngelcyOfficial
On Sunday May 25th, the stage of the prestigious Habima National Theater will have French-Italian singer-songwriter Carla Bruni-Sarkozy. She will perform her first concert in Tel Aviv ever. Her 2 biggest hits are “Quelqu’un m’a dit” and “Raphaël” have over 20 million views on Youtube. Until today, Carla Bruni has sold more than 3 million albums. During her modeling career, she has been the muse for several international luxury brands. Carla Bruni said to be “crazy about Israel”, a country that she really wants her son to discover. She will be visiting the country with her husband and ex French president Nicolas Sarkozy.
Tel Aviv is living good show business times these days. Lots of international artists are heading our way this summer. I myself am currently working on the amazing Justin Timberlake show, happening Wednesday May 28th at the Park Hayarkon – Tickets: www.leaan.co.il *8780.
Also on the menu for the summer of 2014: The Rolling Stones, Pixies, Soundgarden, The Hives, Gogol Bordello, Lana Del Rey, America, Backstreet Boys and for the first time in Israel, the brand new Electronic Dance Festival “Isle of Dreams” happening in Turkey, Switzerland and Israel – including DJ’s such as Avicii, Fedde Legrand, Alesso, Andy Baxter, Chuckie, Jamie Jones, Nervo, Sasha, Paul Oakenfold, Steve Aoki and many more – more info soon.
Time for a musical discovery. While recently watching “Not in Tel Aviv” by Nony Geffen (full post about the film following soon) I fell in love with a song called Giant Heart by Rotem Bar Or. Rotem is a musical emperor leading a 6-headed band called theAngelcy. He started playing guitar to impress girls, so did Leonard Cohen. The band is in the starting-blocks of a promising international career. Their first single Dreamer was an unscheduled-overnight-radio-hit and with barely two years of performances throughout Israel, they have conquered our souls and acquired a devoted following.
On Tuesday, 12-02-2012, they performed at the Tel Aviv Barby for over 700 people. It was the last show before their maternity leave, the recording of their first album. On stage, Rotem knows how to interact with his audience and keep them hooked. His songs are mostly about love but his lyrics can be violent, cruel and even sadistic. Despite prophetic loneliness and emptiness, the audience feels comforted by the music. What would Freud say about the ambiguity of those figures he sings about: the motherlover, the baby boy, the fighter, the rebel angels, the big bad wolf… It was a delight to see this eclectic-folk band live on stage, they have sweet stage dynamics and a good instrumental balance. The show ended with Rotem’s solo version of a new song called ‘Secret Room’…which just left us all yearning for more…
One of my favorite things about morning errands in Tel Aviv is what one sees along the way. With my music* and my camera** I walk around town and I observe, think, compare and analyze. I often look in contrasts. Antwerp vs Tel Aviv. Europe vs the Middle East. But, what is the Middle East and what defines it? I could write a full post about Israel’s geography: which continent are we? Asia. Then why do we participate in the Eurovision? Oh here I’m deviating from my subject, let’s just call it Mediterranean for now and let’s go back to comparing the two cities I know best.
Israel has always been technologically advanced – they had cellphones here before we even knew about them, remember those dinosaurs – and was already a free-WiFi-friendly place. The Tel Aviv-Yafo Municipality Finance Committee has recently approved a 1,5 million $ budget for a city WiFi Network that will be spread in parks, city shores, main streets and commercial centers (on top of cafes, restaurants and bars and my favorite: the airport).
Another great thing is the 75% discount the city’s residents get on various well-located parking lots. The city also makes sure to keep the city green and often involves citizens in their opinion about the design for certain parks, sidewalks and fountains. And how about getting around town in the monit Sherut? And all those 24/7 restaurants, going from breakfast at Benedict till burgers at Moses at any given time of the day. And the delicious cappuccino (hafuch). And if you like dogs, it’s a dog friendly city too. Between gay beach and the orthodox beach there is a dog beach. Also, besides having the ugly usual graffiti, there are some incredibly talented anonymous artists doing street art.
So let’s teach and learn from each other. Tel Aviv should urgently start separating trash, fining honking vehicles, french shower the smelly street cats, improve the supermarkets, get decent bike lanes and what not. Bekitsur, (in short) best of both worlds (and one of Robert Palmer’s best songs)
*currently listening to an Israeli band called theAngelcy – remember their name, it will live forever **yes I have just replaced my broken iPod touch with a Canon EOS M, Generation M(arilyn). Yes it was named after me. Aren’t you wondering how I took this picture then ->