Musical or mechanical?

Sent this to a musician mate of mine…

…and slightly to my surprise he came back saying it ‘leaves me cold’. To quote him further:

“It’s like watching someone doing incredibly complicated mathematical calculations. Astonishing in terms of ability and technique and as spiritually moving as a phone book.”

I can kind of see where he’s coming from. He admitted when challenged Ali G stylie that the fact that she’s Japanese ‘doesn’t help’…I suspect he finds it just a little too reminiscent of these sinister young North Koreans:

But I don’t find it creepy in the same way. To me it’s just an astonishing performance from a staggeringly precocious 12 year old. I wouldn’t want to listen to it all the time, but I take my hat off to her sheer virtuosity.

Turkish delight

Enjoyed strolling around the market in Fethiye and hearing the stallholders’ attempts to capture the enthusiasm of strolling tourists…

“We sell only genuine fakes”…..”You tell me the price, I say yes” ….The commendably direct “I need your money”, and the impressively multilingual ‘Cherries…cherries…cherries ma cherie…”