Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Let there be music!

A Sunday or two ago I came upon these two musicians who were warming up to play for the bride and groom and their friends and family, who were about to exit Belgrade's main church. Musicians like these hang around churches when weddings take place, hoping to earn a few dinars, and perhaps be invited to play more tunes at the wedding reception.

17 comments:

Virginia said...

Bibi, this is a wonderful street portrait of these two.
The light is just right. I love their actions. A triple winner here!

Louis la Vache said...

As Virginia wrote - 'a triple winner!'

The accordion player reminds "Louis" of an accordion player he often heard in le Métro in Paris. The man was amazing. He played Bach from memory and played it well. Anyone who has ever made jokes about accordions and heard this man play would never joke about them again!

Suz @ Alive in Wonderland said...

Love the photo. It has a sweetness and softness to it.

Marie Reed said...

I can practically hear them!

Tash said...

I'm glad that the youth is still keeping the tradition going! Such wonderful music they must make.
(I couldn't help remembering the movie "Ko to tamo pjeva" ... my friend Ljilja & I were on the bus at Mammoth last summer, recollecting scenes from the movie & just cracking up.) I've got a favor to ask - can you explain how to pronounce Lj for English speakers.

Bibi said...

Tash, I just tell people to think of saying "ly" to make the same (sort of) sound. Takes some practice! A friend whose name was Dejan, who lived in the States, finally just told people that the "j" was silent in his name! Otherwise, he got the "j" sound in "Dijon," the "j" sound like in "Juan," or just plan Dee-jan.

Webradio said...

Hello Bibi !

C'est chouette la musique de l'accordéon... Comme celle du violon d'ailleurs... A écouter attentivement oui !

soulbrush said...

here they would be called 'buskers' and it's such a hard way to earn a bit of cash.

Petrea said...

I love the gentleness in their expressions. Somehow it goes with the light and the setting. A winner indeed.

Snapper said...

I would love to have heard their music. Violin and accordion sound so nice together. I love the difference in their ages too. Nice photo!

MuseSwings said...

Dress these guys in period suits and you have a Renoir! Nice picture - very musical.

richies said...

Wish I could hear the music.

An Arkie's Musings

photowannabe said...

I love the local feel of this shot. these men are very enterprising.

crete said...

A lovely shot of the two musicians. Are they man and son?

Ray

Anonymous said...

Good shot, Bibi !! They look like a father/son team. I was always happy to see them. Do they still play on buses, trams, backyards ??? I would love to hear them play again. Coincidently, when we were in Paris last spring, there were "Romi" playing on every other metro station. What a surprise look I got when I asked them to play Djelem, djelem for me. I had tears in my eyes...

Branka from Canada

babooshka said...

This reminds me of my favaourite counrty France. They could play for me anytime.

Becky said...

Europeans have such neat traditions. You would never see something like this in America. And if someone did try to play music at a wedding they weren't invited to, it would probably end up very awkwardly.

This is a great shot. Thanks for sharing this bit of Serbian culture.