Friday, August 22, 2008

Five Hundred Twenty-Five Thousand Six Hundred Minutes

We went to go see Rent the other night. I've never seen it before and I really wanted to before the last show on Broadway next month. I found it interesting to listen to the story of a New York City of long ago. The East Village is very different today than it was when Jonathon Larson and Billy Aronson first collaborated to write this rock opera. The story takes place in an old building and vacant lot on East 11th and Avenue B and the place, much like most of New York City, is very different today than it was at the time that the play came out. Still, the story, although somewhat dated, is so moving and powerful. I found myself wondering what it must have been like during that time when AIDS was a disease that few people spoke about and I wonder what New York, and specifically the lower east side, was like during that time of bohemia, squatters and starving artists. Today it seems that even the "bohemians" are wearing Marc Jacobs and having dinner at Freemans (a delish restaurant by the way).

We walked through Times Square for a while after the play. It was such a beautiful summer night and even though the scene is a bit intense with all the lights, noise and tourists, you can't help but be taken in by the energy and spirit of Times Square - another part of New York that has been through a sea of change since the period of time in which Rent took place.

Here are some photos of Times Square.

Today's soundtrack

Cat Power - New York
I love this song...in fact, I love the entire album and her work in general. I'm not lost on the irony of the song, melancholy in her voice and the nostalgia that it invokes coupled with these images of a thoroughly modern and new millennium Times Square.



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