Saturday, September 26, 2009

A Little Weekend Music

"Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know
what you're gonna get."
Fo-orrest Gump's Mama

Especially when you go down to the Third Street Promenade in Santa Monica where everyone and his third cousin routinely show up to perform.

So the DH and I went down this weekend to break up the monotony of living where we live....(In the burbs.) We were contemplating going to the beach. But there was a monster cumulus cloud hanging over the coast. So we went instead to the Promenade. It's a great shopping area with all kinds of fab stores. But we weren't shopping. We went for the music.

There's music aplenty on weekends there. This duo was apparently still living out of a van, but were actually pretty good. We nicknamed them "The Middle-aged Hippies." They'd seen better days, but they were still passionate about their music. It kinda made me teary and made me want to throw up a peace sign and yell, "Don't give up on the dream!" Luckily, I restrained myself.

This beauty had a beautiful voice and was bravely standing there all alone with her guitar case open, belting out her own original songs. They were good. We kept walking.

Past a topiary Stegosaurus spitting water. Cool.

And this guy was a Flamenco/Latin guitarist extraordinaire. His name was Nicolas Tengler. I know this because I bought one of his CD's. I'm listening to it right now. I'm in love with it. He's a little samba-ish, a master at Flamenco. Wow. Is all I can say. Sorry I couldn't get him to look up. He was concentrating. Sheesh!

So was this darling Golden. On this:

Yes, that is a monkey. The one on the right. The one on the left is my DH. Can you see the bemused expression he's making? Like, "I'm holding a monkey's hand! WTH?" I also shook the little guy's hand, which was crazy. His little fingers were seriously human. He took my finger, gave it a shake. For a dollar. Cheap, I say. I mean, how many chances like that are you gonna get in one lifetime?

This guy was playing kitchen utensils. Pot lids and buckets and broiler pans. And he was actually making music. While doing a Unibomber impersonation.

And I will leave you finally with this sweet face:

That's what happened after I left a tip in his Electric Violin Case. To pay for all those Juliard student loans. He was freaking amazing. I wish I had a video with sound.

Thanks, Promenade. You made our weekend! Hope yours was as musical!


Debra She Who Seeks said...

That monkey shook the hand that shook the hand of Clint Eastwood and HE charged YOU money? That's just not right.

Snap said...

Wonderful post ... filled with adventure and love and fun and music and everything! I'm now laughing at Debra's comment about shaking the hand that shook THE hand! Too funny!

stregata said...

Lovely post! There is a lot to be said for living in or close to a city... I miss it sometimes.

Bonnie, Original Art Studio said...

Barbara: What a lovely stroll, with changing sounds of music to accompany and entertain!

Thanks for pointing out which was the monkey and which was your DH! That beautiful golden wasn't too sure about the monkey.

Amazing the interesting things we can find to do on a lazy afternoon that don't cost an arm and a leg.

That topiary was weird!

Sarah said...

Oh fun was that!! I wanna go when I come visit - soon I hope maybe. Sounds like fun!! I love the monkey fingers!!! LOL - love the pic of David!!! Hope your Sunday is good - talk soon!
Love, Sarah

Barbara said...

Debra- HHHaaahahaa-heee-ho! Excuse me. THAT was funny.

Barbara said...

Snap, :p)I'm wiping my eyes. WWCS? or (What would Clint say??)

Barbara said...

Stratega, Yes, the city does have it's joys. This is definitely one of them. Sometimes, a little country can't be beat, though. xo

Barbara said...

The Golden was sure he wanted to EAT the monkey. Or at least play with him.
And the topiary was ony one of three huge dinosaur topiaries!! They were actually totally cool. The kids loved them.

Barbara said...

Sarah, Thanks, honey. YEsss! Come and visit me. So much to see here, so little time. Hugs B

clairedulalune said...

Barbara, what a fantastic place! My idea of heaven! So glad you had a wonderful time!

A Palmer said...

That's one of the nice things about Cali. So much diversity, culture - you never know what you're going to see or run into. And you discovered new talent! How good is that? Sis

Alicia @ boylerpf said...

It looks like you were doing much the same as we were this weekend! I love outdoor festivals like much entertainment and talent..AND so much fun!

Kathryn Magendie said...

Oh, thank you for the stroll -- *smiling* -- I love seeing the image at the top of your blog of the bird in always calms me.