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    private music and public art

    the things you miss riding in a car

    It’s 3 a.m. and I am riding my bicycle home from a another night at work. Getting to see the city asleep is an extremely rare opportunity for me, so I am relishing in the moment completely. Downtown Birmingham is completely different this time of morning.

    The traffic light I am at turns red. The silence dances all around me, this never happens in the city during the day time. I throw my head back and look around for a bit to enjoy the moment. I just watch as the flashing colored lights and shadows play together on the sides of the buildings. Then the traffic light changes.

    *Green*

    Click click click ...I cycle through the gears I now have a tempo. My own steady breathing provides a bass line. The sharp buzz of my tires on the street rounds out this musical piece amazingly. My ride home now has a soundtrack. I look around at one point when something odd catches my eye. I see light where there shouldn’t be light, and I hear another piece of music where there shouldn’t be.

    There is this private little art studio setup on the sidewalk. There are empty tubes of paint strewn everywhere and a canvas is setup with several flash lights shining towards it. In the middle of this there is an artist. He has a tablet in one hand and a brush in the other, his face itself is a portrait of sheer and total concentration. He is bent over his his canvas painting one of the most amazing paintings of my hometown I have ever seen, and that not nearly enough people will ever get to see. It is a shame I didn’t have my camera with me.
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    Thanks for sharing. I too love the isolation of riding late at night. I will find a noise my bike is making, no matter how faint and use that rythm to just zone out and ride, not really pushing it, just cruising. I also like the sensation of being in my own sphere of light on really dark nights as my headligh surrounds me in it's glow.

    Thanks again for sharing Court.
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    When I was bartending - I used to get out of the bar between 3-4 (Stocked and prepped kitchen for next days food, etc). But riding at the hour was soo nice - it was quiet (in the city - you don't get much quiet time) and still ---- and a great ride. For some reason I seemed faster too

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    That's a really excellent description. Love it when everything comes together to have a rhythm I can groove on.

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    riding home last night was amzing, of course i got chewed out once i got home for it being unsafe and all, but eh, it was worth it.
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    I like riding at night too. With lights, of course.
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    Nice narrative and well written, court. You've got a gift.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bluebottle1 View Post
    Nice narrative and well written, court. You've got a gift.
    Truly.
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    thanks, i feel all warm and fuzzy :-)
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    so my mom was reading the paper today and she found out the painter actually made the local sectio, here is some more information about him
    http://www.al.com/birminghamnews/sto...400.xml&coll=2
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    Quote Originally Posted by c0urt View Post
    the things you miss riding in a car

    It’s 3 a.m. and I am riding my bicycle home from a another night at work. Getting to see the city asleep is an extremely rare opportunity for me, so I am relishing in the moment completely. Downtown Birmingham is completely different this time of morning.

    The traffic light I am at turns red. The silence dances all around me, this never happens in the city during the day time. I throw my head back and look around for a bit to enjoy the moment. I just watch as the flashing colored lights and shadows play together on the sides of the buildings. Then the traffic light changes.

    *Green*

    Click click click ...I cycle through the gears I now have a tempo. My own steady breathing provides a bass line. The sharp buzz of my tires on the street rounds out this musical piece amazingly. My ride home now has a soundtrack. I look around at one point when something odd catches my eye. I see light where there shouldn’t be light, and I hear another piece of music where there shouldn’t be.

    There is this private little art studio setup on the sidewalk. There are empty tubes of paint strewn everywhere and a canvas is setup with several flash lights shining towards it. In the middle of this there is an artist. He has a tablet in one hand and a brush in the other, his face itself is a portrait of sheer and total concentration. He is bent over his his canvas painting one of the most amazing paintings of my hometown I have ever seen, and that not nearly enough people will ever get to see. It is a shame I didn’t have my camera with me.
    if you feel like keeping the art thing going, check out the UAB Art Gallery, and the museum in Birmingham wasn't that bad either.

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    i have been there a few times., and to say the art museum isnt bad is a under statement
    :-P
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