Lifting you out of a New York City funk
I’ve been in a bit of a funk. The state of the country. The state of New York City. Working for others at too many hours for too little money. Can you dig? I lost sight of what is meaningful to me, in life and work. So I’m making changes where I can. One of those changes is simple. I’m refocusing my energy on what I love: the City. I’m attending to the stuff I overlook when I’m running around from here to there. The stuff I don’t engage with when I’m inside at this computer working for others.
The stuff? The artful, ingenious, and often unpredictable ways we humans and the city interact, negotiate, make ourselves heard, create value, carve out a little space and comfort, and in so doing impact one another in public space. I call this an Aesthetics of the City.
So here’s an example. The Blue Funk Orchestra. I caught them at West 4th Street Station a while back. Watching and listening to them, my funk lifted a little bit. Enough to help me move forward into the rest of my day with renewed vigor. I think they’ll lift your spirits, too. The Smurf hat alone is worth the watch.
E. B. Gallardo