Monday, December 5, 2005

Stairway to St Pauls


Today is what is supposed to be the 4th day of the India vs Sri Lanka test match. The last 3 days were rained out and we did have a wet one last night too. In short, here's another test in this wonderful city of ours that's been rained out. This time however, I did NOT buy any tickets at all which means I can point and laugh at the 2000-odd poor SOBs who showed up on the first rained out day, umbrellas and all.

Right, Thats that for sadistic revelry. Moving on.. Last wednesday I went to Beats‘N’Bars & Air Guitars - A celebration of contemporary British music through film. Basically, they aired eight short films. Except for this documentary on the rap scene in the UK, I think the rest were under ten minutes.

But here's the thing that really caught my attention. We're all sitting there in the dark at the courtyard and the title "The Stairway at St.Pauls" appears on the screen and Led Zepp's Stairway to Heaven starts wafting thru the speakers. Directed by this chap from the Netherlands, he puts the camera in place and stands in front of St Paul's Cathedral while Led Zepp plays on. You immediately realise that all his movements, the ppl in the background, the entire video is going backwards. Well, so far so good. And then he starts to sing.

This is the brilliant part. It's not Robert Plant but the words and the tune is unmistakable, it's the song alright but his singing sounds horribly mangled in someway as though he's sucking in all the air instead of singing. And then it strikes you, its being sung backwards and then played in reverse so you can hear it the right way again!

It's marvelous really, this guy Jeroen Offerman, actually spent three months learning this song and its words backwards. And then he tapes it (it's a live continuous shot) in front of the stairway to St Pauls cathedral in London. Google it, there's a clip of the video available on the net.. Of all the short films, this one really stood out.

I suppose I will be going for this wednesday's event at the BCL too. Some form of word music. Get the passes from the library and pop in if you live in Madras and you're free. From time to time, there are some really wonderful events.

In other news, I have FINALLY joined GMAT classes.. I have a tremendous mental block against Math. But the first weekend went without a hitch. The woman who's handling verbal seems very 'together'. Reminds me of Ms Soans's English classes in the tenth. She's not going easy on us which is a good thing.

Sunday mornings are quants (which is prob the worst way anyone could possibly spend a sunday morning) but the guy who handled it was VERY good, jus fast enough and challenging enough so that you dont get complacent and not so dreadfully primitive that you find yourself nodding off. I think everyone who turned up for class had already spent a fair amount of time studying on their own, they seemed quite familiar with the material and all the short cuts (which is kind of a bummer seeing how I haven't done ANYTHING yet). Ah well...

So thats it.. I don't really lead a marvellously exciting lifestyle

1 comment:

noThiNG but "fiCUs" said...

I m pretty sure u have heard dis already, but i found it irresistible to add on, after reading dis post...stairway to heaven sung backward (parts of it atleast) are supposed to be a song for the devil...

so go the lyrics (according to wiki), and its pretty much how the reversed version sounded when i heard it...

"Oh here's to my sweet Satan.
The one whose little path would make me sad, whose power is Satan.
He will give those with him 666.
There was a little tool shed where he made us suffer, sad Satan."

– Most popular version of the lyrics to Stairway to Heaven played backwards

The question is...was dis wat d guy was singing really? :D