I live in NYC. Busking is something I see every day, and I hate to admit this, but if there are buskers in the subway station -- or god forbid, on the train itself -- I know it's time to turn my headphones up. That sucks. I know it sucks. But, I've got places to go and things to do, and I can't be stopped by every street performer that crosses my path. And it wasn't until I saw the video for "Out of Sight" by British psych-folk act Tessera Skies
that I was forced to confront how painful my surely common mindset must be on the other side of that equation.
We're premiering the video for "Out of Sight," and if you let it, the video begins to consume you. Shot outside of a music hall in Newcastle upon Tyne, England (home of one of my favorite pro wrestlers, Neville), it features world-renowned violinist Roger Thomas playing one of the most difficult violin pieces ever composed as people walk by without so much as looking at him. Roger Thomas is far from your average busker, but it leads to fascinating questions about the way our society devalues art but especially the ways in which it devalues music and those that perform it. Music is one of the most inherently communal and pleasurable activities we can experience as a people, but we treat those with the most talent at it (and the bravery to expose those talents to public consumption/rejection/embarrassment) with about a tenth of the respect they deserve.
Check out the stunningly introspective video below and just remember to take the time to be washed away by the ambient, subdued psychedelia of the song itself with its spacey textures and soaring vocals.