Abandoning Paradise

Chapter Four     Crossing France

Tony Bram's Orchestra - Live at Saint Amand-Montrond

Tony Bram's Orchestra is the hardest-working band I have ever seen.  They did a two-hour set before the sun went down.  They took a break for about an hour, waiting for the sun to set, and came out after that for a another two-hour set.  There was a short break after that one and then started into another set.  It's now one thirty and they are still going strong.

Browse forward through the images and watch the crowd grow as the sun goes down. That didn't stop through the evening. This band definitely came to get a party started.

The singers changed costumes many times during the course of the show and the whole thing flowed incredibly smoothly.  Tony Bram is older than the rest in the orchestra and he has a clear genius for finding talented young musicians and putting them on-stage. Even better, he knows how to get them clicking together.  He sure makes them work but to all appearance they love it.

This is the same young man who looked so dead serious while he was playing the keyboards but he was obviously having all kinds of fun with the accordion and he was really fast on it. One of the charming things about European music is the willingness of the musicians to embrace instruments often considered non-standard or old-fashioned, etc. There is no old-fashioned instrument, there is only old-fashioned thinking sometimes in the perception of them.

They are just getting started. They will play until three in the morning.

So maybe you want to hear them. Here's a video of Tony Bram’s Orchestra from the show tonight:

And, yes, Cat and I did dance.  She asked me if there could be some way she would be able to hear the band and I thought, hmmm, if I put the microphone in the window then I could use Skype and that might even work.  Then I thought a wee bit more and thought if the mike would work then the videocam built into the computer could possibly show her the concert.  And it really worked.

This evening has been serendipity at its finest as that can never work if you expect it but suddenly there's a concert I never expected, my hotel room has got the best possible view of it, and I could take Cat to it, none of which I had ever dreamed.  You can call it what you like but I'm going to call it magic.

We didn’t just listen only for a few minutes for a parlor trick but rather we listened and watched for hours and it was wonderful. Write your own editorial on technology if you like but in this night a bit of high-tech let us see and hear a concert together even though we’re not even in the same countries. This was a very special time and all the more because it was an unexpected gift, eine schöne Überraschung (a lovely surprise).

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