Music by Jeremy Silver. Video created by Felicity Pickering.
On the train home last night, I asked a young artsy man if I could take a picture of him. I wanted a picture of someone looking out the window, looking wistful, for the blog. I had realised from past experience that it was better to ask first. I have had my fair share of people getting annoyed or confused or thinking I was some sort of pervert. This stranger looked like a creative type, so I thought he might be willing to sacrifice a moment for the Arts.
The man obliged without a question. Then I asked if I could film him looking out the window.
‘You want me to play?’ He replied, gesturing towards the guitar that was sitting next to him.
I hadn’t thought to ask but encouraged him to do so. In between the few stops left he improvised a song. I told him about A View From Moving Windows and he told me quickly about the band he had just gone to practice for. The bands name was ‘Liam Gale and The Pony Tails‘. The band consisted of him, two girls (with pony tails) and four boys (one with pony tail).
It struck me as a wonderful example of how train travel can make us reach out to people we wouldn’t usually interact with. The fact that Liam happened to be a musician was a happy accident and trains are full of those.
Partly inspired by ideas brought up by Augusta’s interview with TheMusic.com.au, I wanted to urge those of you who are going to A View From Moving Windows to catch the train in. It’ll save you petrol and maybe you’ll be lucky enough to have your own train travel experience. It is in these unexpected moments that we can find laughter, friends, new music tastes and find ourselves feeling a little more connected with the world.
Let us introduce you to Jess Chapnik Kahn and Nadav Kahn…
Prior to composing the musical pieces for A View from Moving Windows, Jessica Chapnik Kahn & Nadav Kahn collaborated for the first time earlier this year writing and producing the score for the documentary “Despite the Gods” (directed by Penny Vozniak), a bio-pic about the director Jennifer Lynch (daughter of cult director David Lynch). The film premiered at the 2012 Sydney Film Festival.
Jess and Nadav are recording music for Jess Bellamy’s ‘A Heart In A Box’ and Noelle Janaczewska’s ‘Frog In A Frypan’. Which you can see them doing RIGHT HERE:
It’s all systems go with A View From Moving Windows! Jessica performs under the name Appleonia. This month, Appleonia released the album “Despite the Gods”, a record inspired by the experience of scoring film. Check out her song ‘Precious’!
I, for one, can’t wait to hear the musical numbers!