Music, good music SOUNDS good, of course.  But we’ve noticed that the best music also LOOKS good.

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That’s Edythe Turnham and her Band up there, lookin’ good.     photo Dorothy Hilbert Collection seen here

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Small music groups, particularly, seem to have great visual appeal.  This is something like a family portrait–the resemblance is there–but where everyone has their own special piece of equipment and job to do. Found here.

When we go to see live music, we go to watch as much as to listen.  What we experience at the time, and what we take away, has a lot to do with what we looked at, what we saw.

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Artists of every era have used musicians as subjects.  It’s just natural.

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Fernand Leger, two performances, same band, new look. See here.

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Jan Miense Molenaer painted this portrait of a family musical event in Haarlem, Holland, in the 17th century.

Lots of paintings of musicians at work here

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This scene of how to walk like an Egyptian while playing a tune is from the Metropolitan Museum collection, found here 

In our time, some of the most eye-appealing performances, we think, are given by the string quartet.

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Bretano Quartet.

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Borodin Quartet.

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Performers at the Kairos chamber music festival, go here.

But for our money, nothing quite beats the genius solo performer deeply in tune with the music and the moment

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Miss  Holiday, the song, the look, none before or since quite like that.

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Mr Hendrix was an eye magnet as well as an incomparable musician. Fine photograph by Tom Gundelfinger O’Neal, lots more here

 

Glenn Gould recording the Goldberg Variations in 1955

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Glenn Gould,  Joni Michell.  Music like no one else.  Looking like no one else.

 

Listen up and look on.

 

 

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