Since the pandemic, I have been remiss to write, as most of my reviews pertain to experiencing live music and arts events. As you may know arts and culture around the world has been brought to its knees by this pandemic. However, it is the perfect time for artists to make great work – and sometimes the best art results from the greatest pain and oppression. The paradox is that art is a great healer and we often seek it out to soothe our souls.
When in despair – I think of earlier hard times – The Great Depression in Australia and the Prohibition era. So with a tipple of gin in hand, I intuitively reach for the music and inspiration of the Deep American South, which you can enjoy online.
Porgy & Bess - photo courtesy of The Metropolitan Opera
Porgy & Bess is a musical opera written by George and Ira Gerswhin about cotton-growing in summer, singing in the fields and impossible love. It was first performed in 1935 at the Alwin Theatre. Watch it here on YouTube – this version has Spanish subtitles. It's a pretty intense story, and a good three hours of viewing - so use the ad breaks like an intermission at the theatre - get a cup of tea or something stronger (i.e. gin in a teacup). When in prohibition…
Leonardo Di Caprio in 'The Great Gatsby' film - image courtesy of the Riverfront Times
If you have the means, a trip to New York to see an opera or musical will greatly assist their local economy, or watch it in High Definition when Cinema Nova and The Sun Theatre are back open for business (i.e. fingers crossed).