#2 NED OTTER

Interview | 2011.10.24 11:39


Interview


Time:   September 23, 2008 (2~5pm)

PlacE: Ned's Studio in Jones Street and Shop in Washington Square Park

Equipment: Canon 5D with 16-35mm 2.8 Lens

Photographs and Interview by Noa Baak (Goseong Choi in assistance)

References:

1)      Peddling Images of a Lost City by Bernice Yeung on New York Times, August 13, 2006

2)      Part IV of Crossing Brooklyn Ferry in Walt Whitman’s Leaves of Grass, 1855

3)      He’ll Be Around by Stanley Crouch from Ned Otter’s CD The Secrets Inside, Two and Four Recording Co., 2002

4)      Interview with Bob Dylan by Jim Miller, 1965

5)      1st few lines from Allen Ginsberg's Howl , 1955

6)      Bohemia Recycled by Bonnie Resenstock on The Villager, 2007

7)      Café Wha? on Wikipedia

8)      Photograph by Robert Otter, courtesy of Ned Otter  

9)      Waltzing Westward from Ned Otter’s The Secret Inside, Two and Four Recording Co., 2002

            10)   Robert Otter homepage http://www.robertotter.com/   

                    

                   * all photographs are to be clicked & resized.

 

 

The Guy Who Represents Old Man's Photographs





Probably it was not the first time for Ned Otter to be interviewed. In fact I am sure it was not the first time as I have read an article about him on New York Times1) last 2006, which portrayed a story of a person in this most loved park of the city carrying a cart-ful of old 60s’ Washington Square and Greenwich Village images in prints. That being said and true, I however found his story more of personal dialogue between a son and a father, between now and then, and between coincidence and fate. I put a son’s name first because the whole thing started from the son's journey back through time.

 

 


The Story Begins Now, Then Goes Back to 1960s



                          Robert Otter, Bleerker St. Cinema, New York, 1960 8)

 

                                What is it then between us?
                                What is the count of the scores or hundreds of years between us?
                           
                                Whatever it is, it avails not - distance avails not, and place avails not,
                                I too lived, Brooklyn of ample hills was mine,
                                I too walk'd the streets of Manhattan island, and bathed in the waters around it,
                                I too felt the curious abrupt questings stir within me,
                                In the day among crowds of people sometimes they came upon me,

                                In my walks home late at night or as I lay in my bed they came upon me,
                                I too had been struck from the float forever held in solution,
                                I too had been receiv'd identity by my body,
                                That I was I knew was of my body, and what I should be I knew I should be of my body.

 

                                                                                                                      - Walt Whitman 2)

 


I remember the first time seeing Ned; rather good-natured looking guy behind a loadful cart of black and white photographs. Aren’t I a huge fan of black and whites! In fact I have a book published only with black and whites.
I approached him. It was probably me or my Leica that caught his eyes. Well, I bet it was the latter since he did not know me then. I handed my Leica in his hand and let him have it for a while (later he told me he called his friend and talked about gracious moment of Leica-holding!) That was our first meet and it was about a year ago.

 

What fascinated me was the SINGLE fact that the son is representing old man’s photographs.

That says it all. What possibly could be more fascinating than this;
Time passed by, yet still lingering in his hand,
And the son strolling through allies of Greenwich Village where his father Robert Otter wandered.

What was it that Robert looking for?
At least I know what Ned, his son, is looking for; it is his father Robert.

 

Trajectory says it too. Though I only spotted Ned in the Washing Square Park, I found out from interview that he travels to three different areas in town; Washington Square Park, Bleeker Street, and Meatpacking district in Chelsea. Why these three areas? Surprisingly because those were the places in his father’s photographs!
In another word, Robert is still lighting up the roads for his son Ned and tells him where to go every day.
(I told him that he would guess who lives at the east end of Bleeker Street.)

 

Roads walked by are the roads that we should walk on.
There we would tread true sadness.
Only there we would walk over missed memories, passionate hearts, and helpless hopes, all we ever needed. I remember my days in Paris when daily routine walk over St. Michel through Jardin du Luxembourg filled me with undescribable excitement that I walk where Hemingway, Sartre, Barthes, Miller did (the list sure goes on). But what about the road your own father walked!        

 

I should confess that this special dialogue between Ned and Robert made satori, ‘a tiny shock’ in the chest and pierced something deep within me. Yes, I do not have optimum father-son relationship myself. Actually it is one of worst, where there is no talk, no contact whatsoever for some dozen years. Then I see a man standing here in the park, representing old man’s legacy 24/7. Who would carry my photographs, walk where I was? Hopefully some strangers among my readers but obviously not from my own blood line.   

 

 

The Kind of Person He Is

 

(Quite contrary to me), Ned is a healthy man; by Healthy I mean he diligently participates into series of valuable acts. When we sat down in his studio in Jones Street, I made an imaginary diagram of what his life is about;




- NOSTALGIA BONE

He defined himself as 'nostagia bone', someone who goes back through time. He collects old photography books (one of them was printed in the 60s with price tag of only $1.40!). He goes back through family gynealogies. He enjoys flipping through various literatures including magazines, newspaper, music, and books.
This must be a great talent and something you should be born with. One grand project was about his own father and family. When I asked about his heritage, he told me that his ancestors came from Eastern Europe, father side from Russia and mother’s from Odessa (current Ukraine). He is Jewish by belief but in fact he is irreligious. However it was not all writen in the first place as Robert, his father, found himself adopted at the age of 48. I am sure there must have been strenuous search for the roots since.  

 


- ACTIVIST

He fights for artists’ rights, simple and clear.

When I first stepped into his studio, I saw as many slogan boards as photographs. Along with father’s photographs, these banners cover big part on his shop. Banners bear specific message and they hit you strong. For example, a banner says ‘Alan Gerson is an enemy of Arts’. Alan is a city councilman who makes policies of arts and Ned claims he takes advantage of arts for personal reasons. Funny enough, he lives only a few blocks from Washington Square so the chances are he might have seen this banner himself!


 

Ned said that he carries a piece of law. It is because of ignorance and molestation by authorities such as police officers and park supervisors. For example, police would come and accuse him set up within 12-ft distance from doorway without even measuring it, or park supervisor comes and asks for license to sell these while there is no such license in existence. For this reason, he also carries a video camera and whenever those bullies approach he turns the camera on and record so he might use for the court later. Then he says,

 

                                            “What can I do for you, Officer?”

 



- ARTIST

                         Ned Otter's album The Secrets Inside, Original photograph by Jimmy Katz, courtesy of Ned Otter

Ned is an excellent musician, a Jazz saxophonist to be specific. I did not know that until I played the CD he handed me. It turned out he used to play with big names such as George Coleman and Dizzy Gillespie for years. He says, “I have obviously spent a lot of time listening to George Coleman and talking with him over the years and had the very good fortune to be in the right place to keep learning from him” Over those precious years, he learned to how to fill the bar up with plenty of notes while having all the harmonic resources under control at the same time3). As a matter of fact, I must have listened to this tune when I was subdued into Dizzy Gillespie All Star Band’s ‘Con Alma’. I wonder if Ned was one of those stars on stage then.

 

Playing and staying with master is certainly one of rare chances for anyone and you’d be in the right place in the right time. Yet not many people realize how fortunate they are even when they are with the great minds. I would say to my pupils, “A conversation is a good precious opportunity”.  Unfortunately they are mustered with short-term goals or ideas of a trick or two. It is a shame they miss out the whole chunk of spirit. Some of them are either born with no talent or have no attentive minds to pursue the essence of life. Mostly they fall out or digress within a year.

In that sense the pupils should have great minds in the first place to find One.

Being an amateur photographer himself, Ned requested (before our interview) that he would like to trail me when I go out for photo-shooting and learn from me. Now, I am not sure what I have but whatever that is, I know Ned being a shrewd learner as he is will find that out.


 

(You can listen to his tune at http://nydialogue.tistory.com/58)

 

Setting up the Shop 

 

Here comes the magic part. How fast can you set up a shop? Ned says ‘in 10~15 minutes.’
This seemingly easy process however results from three years of trial and error.
This is how;

 

- First of all, he prepared photographs in three different sizes; 5x7’ in 8x10’ frame, 8x10’ in 11x14 frames, 11x14 in 16x20’ frame. The price goes from $25 to $50, and $75 for the largest size. To do this he has a large format HP digital printer in the studio. It can virtually print up to 44 inches wide.




- He has a motor-driven cart. He handles motor with lever in his hand. You might think that you can just pull but they are heavy. In fact most of the carts that we see in the streets cost over $3000 just to set up. Ned downsized the size and the cost to $1,800. Oh, we are not to forget florescent vest and the blinking light. This is New York.


- Here comes the travelling. It takes about less than 5 minutes to stroll by from his studio in Jones Street. Quite a short walk but he has one big 7th Avenue to cross by. With his left hand on power lever, they both move quite smoothly.



-  Once arrived, it is all about flipping out the wing, get the preset banner and photographs in right place. He does not forget to take wireless transaction machine either. Quite surprised that you can use your credit card for this. Ned takes out his director chair and sits on it comfortably. Only a minute passed by, there are already people who came and looked through photographs. Ned throws jokes saying that it is me who brought luck so to stick around. For every single customer, Ned advised to look behind the photographs for details. Obviously it helps understanding what it is about.



   

It has been a while since Robert’s roamed Greenwich Village and most of the places look no same.
However many of the people in Robert’s photographs in the 60s are still residing in the neighborhood only a bit older and a little grayer. By the time Ned shows me the 2nd old book about Village, a gentleman in yellow shirt came by and picked a photograph. And he picked a big size! He said this was the place where he and his wife kissed for the first time. So Robert’s time lingers not only with his son but with many people in the hood.




I think It is marvelous that he makes a living off selling his father’s old photographs.
How many man can live in Soho, have a studio, and a shop at the same time. And he is not even a professional photographer! Although he said he was lucky to have met his wife who had an apartment at Soho, this earning is not something to laugh at, and actually it makes 90% of what he earns.

 

Tactics are quite simple; selling the images of a lost city about 40 years ago. We see that in old masters’ photographs such as Eugene Atget’s or Alfred Stieglitz’s. By looking at old photographs, we see another world, similar looking people with different values. After all, Time proves the best seller of all.  Standing behind this time capsule, Ned is either reading historical literature or ready to share his conversation. With diverse background as a musician, computer programmer at Wall Street in the 90s, artist activist, he is a smart talker and knows how to lead the conversation.  

 

 

1960s & Robert Otter’s Photographs


(Here are four photographs of Robert Otter's from 60s. Click on both side to flip through,)

확대

  Robert Otter, courtesy of Ned Otter

Perhaps it is worthwhile looking into the period where Robert was photographing so diligently. John Lennon once said that he regretted not having born in Greenwich Village. But at least he kicked ass in the 60s. I would say I must regret missing out whole 60s. It was the time of turmoil and chaos, but also the time of romance as true romance is only born in the trenches. When Bob Dylan said in his 1965 interview, “Folk music is the only music where it isn’t simple. It’s weird, full of legend, myth, Bible and ghosts..Chaos, watermelons, clocks, everything…”4) it was this sense of strangeness and out-of-time otherness that Dylan was talking about the time he was living in. The time was strange, and all mixed up and swirled up in multiple layers; war and peace, hate and love, morals and hippies, capitalism and communism.

 

It was a Time-a-Changing; there was the advent of TV but also the loss of identity. The search for it was represented through all areas of literature including Jack Kerouac’s Beat Generation, Allen Ginsberg’s Howl, Warhol’s silk prints, Bob Dylan’s folk songs.

 

 

I saw the best minds of my generation destroyed by 

madness, starving hysterical naked,

dragging themselves through the negro streets at dawn

looking for an angry fix,

angelheaded hipsters burning for the ancient heavenly

connection to the starry dynamo in the machinery of night,

who poverty and tatters and hollow-eyed and high sat

up smoking in the supernatural darkness of

cold-water flats floating across the tops of cities

contemplating jazz,

 

                                                                                                        - Allen Ginsberg 5)

 



Robert Otter moved to Greenwich Village in 1960. The ex ad agency art director somehow decided to become a photographer and opened a freelance photo studio on Sixth Avenue between 36th and 37th Street. I guess this also was the trick the 60s put on. How can you NOT photograph 60s? For 10 years from then on, he lived a life of photographer, what Ned called ‘my father’s happiest period’.6) Unfortunately after a decade, Robert had to give up photography and become a real estate supervisor for various firms to support his wife and three children, just as Ned would have to work for computer programmer later for 10 years to support himself financially.

Like father like son, but in fact aren’t we all?

 
Robert left behind about 500 sheets of negatives with 1 or 2 rolls of film in each sheet. Ned has 250 photographs in his online gallery and sells 150 at his mobile one. From what I see, Robert’s photographs have something else than these throbbing social changes or beatniks as described in Ginsberg’s poems. Instead projecting emotions the photographs show rather calmly nostalgic and descriptive of scenes. There are images of late-night shoppers at the Original Baldacci’s, the famous Eight Street bookshop, beloved Bleeker Street cinema(closed in 1990), Café Wha? on MacDougal street, and the meat-packing district long before it was transformed into a club and restaurant hotbed. (Cafe Wha? was a club in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, New York City that has been home to various musicians and comedians. Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Bruce Springsteen, The Velvet Underground, Kool and the Gang, Peter, Paul & Mary, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Joan Rivers, Bill Cosby, Richard Pryor, and many others all began their careers at the Wha? During the 1960s, it was owned by Manny Roth, uncle of David Lee Roth.7)

 


Then I carefully imagine Robert had discreet personality; shy almost, so he would stand outside café Wha? and photograph from a distance not to disturb anybody. The photographs consistently show some distance from passers-by and therefore become more picturesque. Seeing the photographs, it feels like I am viewing the separate reality, free from emotion, free from ongoing struggles, and even from social changes.
To my eyes, the photographs and the people walking inside alike look quite peaceful.

 

 

Beautiful Relationship



 

People say ‘We all live once.’ Maybe that is not true.

Life is about three things and it always has been; to be, to feel and to believe.

All of these can be passed down and lived by the ones coming. Ned has got that passed down on from Robert.
He feels his father’s presence every day, if not every hour. It is like Ned is living Robert’s happiest time once again. He is a Happy Macbeth diligently wandering Greenwich Village.

 

Life has a meaning if you choose to give it one.   Robert chose one. So did Ned.


Isn’t it fortunate that Robert and Ned stay in the same neighborhood, in the beloved Greenwich Village.

There we will witness Robert’s love for people and Ned’s love for old man.

There I will see Ned stationing his motor-powered shop and get ready to meet with you.

Then upon any authorities’ coming, he would wear his video camera around his neck once again
And say “What can I do for you, officer”, which will make me laugh out loud.   

 

In fact I will laugh until I cry.  


 

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인터뷰

일시: 2008 8 31

장소: Laura’s House in W.173 St and Starbucks W.16 St.

촬영: Canon D40 with 16-35mm 2.8 Lens
Photographs and Interview by Noa Baak

 

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STARBUCKS

 

로라를 처음 곳은 내가 매일 원고를 정리하던 16가의 스타벅스였다.
그녀는 바리스타로, 나는 손님으로 얼굴만 보며 1년이 지나갔다
.
오랜 시간 아침부터 밤까지 온종일 무언가 적고있는 나에게 궁금한 말을 걸었다
.
불과 일주일전의 일이다. 그렇게 우리는 만났다.

 


West 173 Street Spanish Harlem, Crazy neighborhood

 

짧은 대화를 나누며 그녀는 음악에 대한 열정을 보여주었다. 나는 그녀의 이야기를 듣고 싶다고 했다.

마침 한달만에 찾아오는 하루의 휴가가 있다며 며칠전 집으로 초대를 하였고
갑자기 정해진 인터뷰를 하기 위해 일요일 오후 173 스패니쉬 할렘으로 올라갔다.

 

할렘은 뉴욕사람들도 자주 가보지 않는 동네이다. 너무 위에 있다.

게다가 아직도 할렘이란 이름이 주는 서늘함도 아직 있다.
오랜만에 할렘은 역시 오래된 이름답게 지하철역사마저 바람이 휑휑 불고 있다
.
플랫폼에 앉은 여자의 머리가 없이 바람에 날리고 있었다.


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            Sweet Home, Sweet Day Off

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로라는
동네의 대부분을 차지하는 히스패닉들이 그녀가 곳에 사는것을 못마땅하게 여긴다고 말한다.
 
백인들이 치고 올라와 자신들의 곳이 계속 밀려간다는
것이다.
실제 뉴욕은 지난 10년사이 도시가 팽창하였고 할렘 또한 더욱 북쪽으로 올라가고 있다
.


난 환영받지 못하는 이 동네가 싫어요. 하지만 나의 집은 사랑해요로라가 말했다.


그녀의
집은 친구 베르나뎃의 집을 연상케 한다.
Tudor City
사는  그녀는 파리에서 오랫동안 살았고 여전히 그곳을 그리워하는 아주머니다
.
그래서인지 그녀의 집은 작은 파리와 같다. 이에 비해 로라는 오하이오에서 시골소녀이며

집안 곳곳 전형적인 중부의 냄새가 스며있다. 여기 저기 가족의 사진이며 집에서 가져온

150
년된 침대 등이 있다.  침대 회색고양이는 나에게서 다른 고양이 냄새가 나서인지

계속하여 깨물고 대고 있다.


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Once Upon A Time There Was A Girl With A DREAM


오하이오에서
뉴욕은 곳이다. 거리뿐 아니라 정서상 도시는 곳이다.
농장을 하던 그녀의 집은 전형적인 미중부의 백인가정이
.
오래전 앨범의 사진을 보니 앳된 남매 셋이서 즐거웁게 무언가를 타고 있다
.
제일 뒤가 막내동생인 로라였다. 가족은 아직도 모두 오하이오에 산다고 한다. 자신만 곳에 있다고.


무엇이
그녀를 뉴욕으로 불렀는가
.


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Talent, Education, Awards

 

그녀는 사실 대단한 경력의 소유자다. 어릴적부터 음악의 꿈을 가지고 자란 소녀는
보스턴의 유명한 재즈스쿨인 버클리음대에 입학하여 5년간 보컬Voice 공부하였다
.
한국의 유명한 뮤지션들 많은 수가 같은 학교에서 음악을 공부한다
.
스위스에서 열린 유명한 재즈페스티벌인 몬터레이 재즈 콩쿠르에 참가하여 세계 2위를 차지한다
.
대단한 사건이었으나 정작 가족과 주위의 사람들은 이에 그다지 관심을 기울이지 않았다 한다
.
때로 가까운 사람들은 독이 되어 예술의 기를 꺽는다
.  
함께 자라며 지내온 그들이 자신의 형제자매에게서 예술성을 발견하기란 어디서든 어려운 것인가 보다.

그러나 그것은 도리어 로라의 도전심에 불을 지른다.

모든 길은 뉴욕으로 통하는 , 그녀는 자신의 꿈을 펼치기 위해 홀홀단신 예술의 도시 뉴욕으로 가기로 결심한다.

 

 

New York And Frustration 


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침실
중앙벽에는 빌리 할리데이의 커다란 포스터가 붙어 있다.

나는 빌리를 사랑해요, 기술이나 기교보다는 표현력이 말로 없을 만큼 강하기 때문인데 나도 표현을 중요시하는 스타일이예요
우리는 여자가수들에 대해 이야기를 나누었다;

엘라 핏제랄드, 베시 스미스, 니나 시몬 재즈와 블루스 가수들의 스타일에 대하여 이야기를 나누었다
.


뮤지션의
삶에 대해 이야기하던 로라의 눈이 촉촉해지더니 급기야 울음을 터뜨린다.
이유는 단순하다. 뉴욕에서 살아가기가 너무 힘들다는 것이다
. 
굶지 않기 위해 돈을 벌기 위해 아침 7시부터 스타벅스에 출근한다.
직장에서는 아무도 그녀의 재능을 알지도 못하고 알려하지도 않는다
.
동료들에게 그녀는 커피를 뽑는 바리스타일 뿐이다.

 

그녀는 여러가지 불평을 쏟아내었다.

가족들이 지원해주는 친구들에 비해 자신은 모든 것을 혼자 해야 하는 점이 싫다고 했다.
의료문제가 있는 그녀이기에 의료보험이 중요했고 그것이 스타벅스에서 일하는 중요한 이유라 하였다
.
이것도 살아가는 문제이다. 


뮤지션의
길도 순탄치 않다. 밴드도 자신이 찾아 리드해야 하고 장소 섭외, 마케팅까지 모두 해야 한다.
 American Idol*
대한 비판도 이어진다. 그건 현실과는 너무 동떨어진 것이라고
.
어렵사리 무대에 오르게 되어도 잠시만 쉬면 다른 아이들이 치고 올라온다
.
이곳이 뉴욕 아니던가! 수많은 재능있는 뮤지션들의 극한 경쟁이 있는 !


               Politically Aware

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말을
이어가며 그녀는 문제의 해답을 시스템에서 찾으려 했
.
좋은 대학을 나온 24살의 재능있는 젊은이가 살아가기가 이렇게 힘들다는 사실은

시스템에 문제가 있다는 것의 반증이라는 것이다. 미국 독립이전의 역사에 대해서도 말이 많다
.
그런데 알고보니 그녀의 어머니가 오하이오주의 국방성 장관출신이라 한다
.
그래서 자신은 어릴적부터 정치적 이슈에 민감하여 자라왔고 이를 당연한 것으로 여긴다
.
개인의 자유를 중시하는 미국인이 국가의 시스템을 퍼스널하게 느끼며 그것에 기대를 가지고 살아간다는 것이 건강하게 느껴졌다
.
나라가 어디건 간에 소속감을 가지고 살아가는 젊은이들의 의식이란 참으로 신선하며 건강하다.



Mature Love, Reunion

사랑도 아픔이 되었다. 로라는 요즈음 마음이 설레인다.
3년간 떨어져 살던 남자친구와 다시 만날 생각을 하기 때문이다.
그들은 서로에 대한 갈등으로 서로 떨어져 있어야만 했다고 한다.
보스턴에서 재즈뮤지션으로 있는 그를 만나러 곧 갈 예정이라며 눈을 반짝인다.

'지난 사랑에도 희망을 거는 너는 참 예쁘다'

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            Leaving New York


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그녀는
뉴욕을 떠날 예정이라 말했다. 다시 보스턴으로 교육의 길을 가고 싶다고 했다.
뉴욕과의 싸움에서 완패했어요라며 말하는 로라의 눈가에
눈물이 서렸다.
"어쩌면 우리는 절대 뉴욕을 이기지 못할지 몰라요" 그녀를 위로하며 나는 말해주었다.
그래, This is New York. 어떤 예외도 보통이 되는 곳 말이다. 이 곳을 우리는 받아들여야 한다.


그녀는 무대에 서는 뮤지션의 꿈을 접고 교육자라는 이름으로 살아가려 한다고 말한
.
순간 이호섭감독**과 이스트빌리지에서 만나 나눈 대화가 생각났다
.
예술가에게는 세가지 생존법이 있다고 그가 말하였다
;
하나는 생존을 위한 일을 하며 시간날 예술을 하는
,
다른 하나는 레슨, 디자인 예술에 관련된 일을 하는
,
마지막으로 굶고 적게 쓰며 온전히 자신의 일을 하는 것이다
.
우습게도 우리는 마지막의 것이 가장 바람직하다는 것에 동의하였다. 로라의 말을 들으며 마음이 쓰렸다. 나도 뉴욕을 떠난 적이 있어 더욱 그렇다
.

당신에게 해주고 싶은 말이 많지만 오늘은 이야기를 들으러 날이니 다음에 하도록 할께요

 

            Singing Laura Beams Out.


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그래도 그녀는 내가 시샘할 정도의 환경을 가지고 있는데 그것은 자신의 연습실이 있기 때문이다.
그곳에는 키보드도 있고 가보로 내려온Guild ***라는 상표의 기타도 있다
.
교통사고에서 살아남은 기타의 역사에 대해서도 들려주었다. 


곡의 노래를 불러준다. 이것은 자신의 대표곡이며 곡은 이래서 사랑하는 곡이라며 설명하며... 
멜로디가 아니라 코드로부터 시작하여 곡을 만드는 특별한 과정에 대하여도 이야기해준다.

곡들이 마치 자신의 키우고 있는 고양이 새끼들처럼 purring하였다.


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노래를
부르고 있는 로라의 얼굴을 보니 빛이 났다.

이렇게 좋아하는 것을 그만두어야 할까.’

우리는 노래로도 무엇을 증명하고 투쟁하는 것일까.

그러고 보면 음악에도, 예술에도 운명과 생존의 이슈가 있나보다.
아니, 어쩌면 그것은 우리가 치고 있는 무거운 담일찌도 모른다
.
 



로라와
고양이를 뒤로 하고 집을 나서니 여전히 할렘이 무겁게 빛나고 있다.

 

하우스턴 스트리트에서 만났던 전설적 록 아이콘 Patti Smith**** 말이 기억났다.

 

시골출신인 내가 뉴욕에 이유는 운명이 나를 간섭하고 방해해주기 원해서였다

 

 

, 나는 아직 뉴욕에 있구나.’

 

 

 

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        * American Idol: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Idol 

      ** 이호섭 감독:
http://blog.naver.com/corea_007?Redirect=Log&logNo=60035927245 (인터뷰)
                           
http://www.yidff.jp/2003/cat037/03c054-e.html (bio)
                                     http://blog.naver.com/kkonal/140036025081

   *** Guild Guitar: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Guild_Guitar_Company

 **** Patti Smith: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patti_Smith 
 

 

         Today's Meet內 New York Sound를 통해 로라의 노래를 들으실 수 있습니다:


                                                                                               http://nydialogue.tistory.com/41 





 

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  Noa Baak, Ad in 6th Ave., New York, 2008 (canon 5d, f8, 1/50, ISO1000)








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 Noa Baak, Wizard, New York, 2008 (click image to resize)






                                                 On the way to Dumbo, there was a wizard in disguise at Lafayette station.
                                     He stared at me, so I stared my camera at him in return. 
                                     Probably he put a spell on me.

                                     (Whatever that is, work it, work it out, baby).









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