Friday, 28 September 2012

In Paris: Such Raw Talent


This was different
Now, I have seen many buskers in stations with varying degrees of musicality from the ability to sing to amazing dexterity and talent with musical instruments.
The strains and strumming have rarely moved me to listen, stop and spectate; I do not have that sense of curiosity and distraction when I have other purpose until last night.
This was really different
As I made for my train to the Parisian suburbs just on the platform ahead of me the voice came with angelic resonance singing A Natural Woman (Aretha Franklin) to backing music on an amplifier.
We all stopped and gathered round for this unusual session of entertainment to which we all applauded without respite.
Then she did Killing Me Softly (Roberta Flack), I Want to Know What Love Is (Foreigner), Sitting on the Dock of the Bay (Otis Redding) and Human Nature (Michael Jackson).
Who discovers talent?
It made you wonder why such talent wasn't filling concert halls, night after night. However, the appreciation was generous as we all seemed to chip in a coin, a note and more applause.
She made the boring but bustling platforms of Ch√Ętelet des Halles lively with the nostalgic sound of really good music.
As I boarded my train, I could only wish the lady the very best and I thought, where does such raw talent go to be really appreciated?

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