Travels. Take a walk on the wild side (The Village, New York City). By Charlie Bravo.

Travels

Take a walk on the wild side (The Village, New York City)

Yo en Soho, NY. Foto Gustavo Valdés

Yo en Greenwich Village, Soho, NY. Foto Gustavo Valdés

Walking on the wild side is like waking on the afterhours Greenwich Village that still survives beyond all the fixing-ups, all the new restaurants, the hipsters, and the recycled hippies from the sixties.

One can very well imagine that in that coffee shop around the corner was where Bob Dylan made his raspy voice into a trademark sound of the second half of the 20th Century, but Café Wah is where Jimi Hendrix rocked the wah-wah for sure, while the world was falling apart for most of us. One can keep on walking, carelessly now, because there are fewer dog turds on the sidewalks of the Village. Where are those mean looking dogs, sitting next to a guy who was busking with a third hand guitar, keeping guard over a few crumpled dollar bills or some blackened quarters?

I would love to think that the singer got a deal with a record company, and that the dog is now in doggie heaven, but honest to God, that seems like an impossibility if one looks at the playlist in the iPod of  a Russian heiress with a little dog poking his head out of her designer purse. Where is the real music? One wonders. One has to wonder.

It’s nice to see guys selling books on the sidewalk. And paintings. It’s also nice to discover that there are some record stores dealing in vinyl as if it were gold. Maybe it is. It is wonderful, one has to say, that there are a few shrines to music, but as churches are everywhere, they seem to be empty of worshippers.

The candy store, which is really a guitar store, seems to be only populated by clerks eager to make a sell. Some tourist wanders about, goes through the other end of the store and leaves. Not far from here lies the park where somebody stole a bass from a sleeping Jaco Pastorius. Is music dead? Hopefully not.
Winter is in its last leg. It doesn’t look like spring, though. It feels like fall, and if winter will start all over again, a cold and gray cycle, a cold spell over the city.

I wish I saw a dog.
I am not that lucky, it seems.
Somewhere, there’s hope.

Charlie Bravo.

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5 comentarios en “Travels. Take a walk on the wild side (The Village, New York City). By Charlie Bravo.

  1. Charlie,
    Me hiciste traer muchos recuerdos al presente. Una vez a la salida del “boite” The Electric Circus que esta localizado en St.Marks Place, a la 4:00 am fuimos a comer una pizza a una pizzeria en el Bowery, y alli en el restaurant estaba nada mas ni nada menos que Chuck Berry en persona comiendo pizza! Lo reconoci al instante porque yo tenia el disco de Maybellene y Johnny B. Goode y el estaba en la caratula. Yo tenia una novia que vivia en la calle D y me bajaba en la parada del Subway creca de alli del Village cuando vivia en New York. Mas tarde visite varias veces the Pepermint Twist club, y tuve la suerte de ver los principios del bossa nova en 1965 una vez de noche en el cafe Whoa acompañado de unos amigos brasileños compañeros de trabajo. El Village siempre tenia vida y los domingos en Washington Square era un “happening” constante. Desde musica por varios musicos amateurs artistas callejeros y muchas artesanias, hasta partidos de ajedrez reñidos por los jugadores que siempre visitan el parque. Y tener la Universidad de New York cerca lo ayuda mucho. Otro lugar cerca es Cooper Union y otros lugares historicos de New York City. EL bajo Manhattan es un ciudad en si misma donde puedes encontrar desde equipos electronicos en Laffayette St. para crear lo que quieras en tu hogar relacionado con la electronica, hasta ropa al por mayor en las tiendas de los judios en Delancey St y Canal St que me recordaban a la calle Muralla en la Habana. Gracias por el tour. Saludos.

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  2. Sharpshooter, Oh Oh! y Zoe…..
    Gracias a ustedes, que leen estas cosas, y que me ayudan a revivirlas. Uno tiene un valor enorme en los caudales de los recuerdos, y hay que vivir cada momento, con las libertades que nos ganamos por nuestro atrevimiento!

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