Upper West Side, 1982 - Rostam Batmanglij (Music from This Is Our Youth)
" Dennis Ziegler, 21 years old Warren Straub, 19 years old Jessica Goldman, 19 years old
The play takes place in Dennis’s one-room apartment on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. The time is late March, 1982.”
…reads the first page of Kenneth Lonergan’s script for This Is Our Youth. As soon as I read it I thought about myself at that age, I had just moved to upper Manhattan to go to school. A bunch of my time in that period of my life was spent studying piano, and the piano’s this instrument you can find in apartment buildings throughout New York. So it was important for me to write something that could realistically be heard coming down the hall— maybe from an apartment next door to Dennis’s. And it was also important to me that there be a bit of the feeling that a person has maybe come home late at night, in a somewhat altered state, and they sit down at a piano and this is what comes out of them and it’s never existed before. -Rostam Batmanglij (via Pitchfork)
Because “Jeux D’eau” by Ravel is so romantic (idealistic) and it sounds magical. At one point, it gets kinda intense but it’s still really pretty-sounding and it goes back to the slower, more calming bit. Like life can get pretty crazy and sometimes seem super stressful but it’s still a great life.
And “The 59th Bridge Street Song (Feelin’ Groovy) by Simon & Garfunkel because that song is amazing and the lyrics really jive with my life most of the time. Like the message of the song is just to slow down and make the days last longer, to remember that life is so beautiful and groovy.
When people ask for a song that describes me I either say “Jeux D’eau” by Ravel (which has no lyrics) or “The 59th Bridge Street Song (Feelin’ Groovy) by Simon & Garfunkel and it throws people off so much.
Goodness. There is so much judging going on from other kids because I’m the one of the only people in the honors college that’s not doing engineering or biology. Like sorry I want to pursue a degree I’m passionate about and don’t care about the money. I could do engineering or biology if I wanted to, but I don’t. GOSH.
“Once, Picasso was asked what his paintings meant. He said, ‘Do you ever know what the birds are singing? You don’t. But you listen to them anyway.’ So, sometimes with art, it is important just to look.”—Marina Abramović (via prismma)