Above you can see a photo that I shot in a pedestrian underpass near the train station in Bad Schwartau. But to be honest, the post is not so much about my photo this time, it just reminded me a little bit of wall tiles that are common in subway stations. I want to talk about something related now. I was bored today and browsed the web and then I found a YouTube video that amazed me.
Someone recorded three musicians who performed in the subway of New York. Not only do I like this type of music pretty much, these guys do a mind-blowing performance. But see for yourself…
I really love this. They cover the song “A Change Is Gonna Come” (Original: Sam Cooke) and the singer Mike Yung has a voice that makes we want to travel to New York to hear him live (laugh). Yeah, I am kidding, but if I would live there and if I would need to take that train every day to get to work, I probably would always be too late. But it’s not only about the singer, the drummer and the guitarist are awesome too, and they perform so well together.
Some street artists are so much better than these mainstream artists we know from TV and Radio. I just prefer real music, and by real I do mean live performed music of talented people, and not the type of arranged, and edited music that comes out of studios. Technology is so far, if you can’t sing, someone can make you recorded voice sound good with tools like Auto-Tune. I am not saying that there are no talents in the mainstream music industry, but studio music sounds so clean and improved, that emotion is completely removed and the result is just synthetic noise.
To be honest, I am a fan of electronic music, and if you consider this, it might sound strange what I just said. I think my point is, when it comes to voices and real instruments, I really don’t like it overly polished. If I am in the mood to hear electronic music, that’s another story, but there the whole music is based on synthesizers. In other genres, if you listen to the voice and instruments when they perform live, you either hear the raw talent or a pure mess. In the case of the street performers in the video of this post, you hear the talent. I was not even annoyed by the noise of the arriving trains in the video, because they perform so well, but of course I would like to see them perform in a less noisy place.
By the way, I actually didn’t know the song “A Change Is Gonna Come”, but I liked it so much that I grabbed my guitar and learned it right away after I found this video. On a sidenote, back then me and a few friends performed in a subway in Germany, and after 10 minutes we got thrown out of the place by a Deutsche Bahn security. And nope, it was not about our music, it’s just that Germany is a bit backward in this case. I mean here, you can’t even perform in the streets of some cities without asking the local authorities for permission. On another sidenote, I’d like to find other musicians again to make music together, but since I am more interested in blues and older music, it’s really difficult in my city. I’d like to do something like the guys in the video of this post, but this will probably remain a dream.