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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Battle of the Bands, Literally

Visualize being in a park teeming with people. You try to saunter around but you get continuously stalled. The park-goers simply stop almost every after a few meters.

Why? Because they regularly halt to check out the groups lined on the side of the promenade. Beggars? No.

These ……………






That’s the scene at the Yoyogi Park last Sunday. There were about twenty amateur bands lined up at the pavement, spaced by only a few meters. It was like a bazaar of bands, each one trying to outdo each other’s antics to invite attention. I guess you could imagine the resulting cacophony when they all belt out whatever they call their music. Think Raon, five times noisier.

But the people don’t seem to mind. In fact, many of them enjoy the festive mood. To show appreciation, some of them would actually dance in front of their chosen band. I’m not sure though if those zealous fans were not the band-members’ relatives and friends.

It’s easy to conclude it was a crazy idea. How would invading an entire stretch of sidewalk to showcase sounds that overlap each other be a venue for musical appreciation? But on second thought, maybe this crazy act gets the job done. First, the band gets to test the acceptability of their music. If only a handful stops to listen, it would be a signal to change the repertoire. But if they attract a crowd, then it would be time to think big. Who knows, the exposure in the street just might get them the break that they dream of.

Ganun talaga. Kanya-kanyang raket lang tayo para mapansin. :-)

Parang mga ito na pakalat-kalat din sa park. Ako naman si engot, nakisali din sa mga kumuha ng picture… hehehe

14 comments:

Mojo Potato said...

muziklaban Japanese style...heheh...and their own version of spice girls...hehehe...i like the red hair...hehehe

Ely said...

Galeng. Lagi ba sila dyan? LOL. Weird fashion mga Japanese, kakaiba, but they actually look cool for me.

Gypsy said...

I've always thought the Japanese were a little bit eccentric--and this is another proof. :) At least there'll be never a dull moment there..:)

carlotta1924 said...

wahaha astig! naiimagine ko kung gaano kaingay jan. pano ninyo madidistinguish yung songs kung sabay-sabay sila kumakanta?

=)

Abou said...

wow, dame pala entertainment dyan hano?

Rochelle said...

How very interesting!!! I would have had a headache!!

Abaniko said...

Saang lugar nga to? Eto ba yung malapit sa isang popular na temple?

R-yo said...

Mojo: Mahilig ka pala sa pula. :-)

Ely: Every Sunday yata sila dun, pero mas madami nung araw na yun dahil spring celebration. Yung mga weirdo, every sunday din daw pakalat-kalat.

Gypsy: Eccentric talaga ang iba. At pinapanindigan talaga. Imagine andaming naka Elvis costume e singkit naman. hehe Sayang nga di ko na piktyuran.

R-yo said...

Carlotta: Super ingay talaga. Iba pa kasi ang tugtog ng mga mobile dahil me mga program din sa tabi-tabi.

Abou: Sa akin di entertainment. Ingay e. Pero sila, enjoy! E lugar naman nila ito, so ok lang. :-)

Rochelle: Getting a headache while in the park. Wrong no? The park is supposed to be a place for peace. :-)

R-yo said...

Abaniko: Yun nga po yun. Sa kabilang side nung park yung temple. Di ko nga lang alam pa name. :-)

ian said...

mabuhay mula sa states, r-yo =] parang kelan lang na nasa japan ako... wait, nag-stopover nga pala kami sa nagoya hahaha kanina, o kahapon, o... basta... nahehello pa ako.

kailangan ko ng kape mo ngayon- anlamig dito! or baka tander na ko kaya di ko kaya lamig...

ingat! [saludo]

the donG said...

wow! concert on the streets. astig to ah!

Islander said...

lupit ng hairdos. anime!

Josh of Arabia said...

i am wonder why my Tokyo based sis didn't tell-tale me about this?

good to find it out from u:) rgds.!