Saturday, July 11, 2009

Round Robin: Silenced

This week's Round Robin topic is "Silence," as suggested by Monica of Shutterly Happy. It's tricky to depict an auditory experience in a visual medium, let alone the lack of sound, and for a long time I had no clue how to handle it. My eventual solution was to photograph something that clearly produced sound in the past, but has now clearly been silenced. Here we go!

From Round Robin Photo Challenges

The pictures above decorate the former upper-story windows of the venerable Chicago Music Store (founded 1919) in downtown Tucson. I'm honestly not sure whether the guy with the guitar is supposed to depict Jerry Garcia or someone else (Willie Nelson?), but the person in the next window over is Jimi Hendrix, whose music was silenced decades ago. Yes, we can still hear it, but not coming from him - and certainly not coming from that painted window!

Same story with Janis Joplin at the other end. And although two of the Beatles are still alive, their collective voice as a group was silenced in 1970, breaking through again only briefly when Anthology came out.

I've written a couple of times this week about a power failure we had on Tuesday, which drove me out of the silent house. On Friday evening the power went out again! One second Rachel Maddow was coming on - the next, the tv screen went dark and silent, and so did the air conditioner above the tv to the right.

This time the power was only off for a few minutes, but the noise of our electric appliances didn't exactly roar into life right away. When I turned the tv back on, I had to turn on the cable box too. It promptly displayed this screen, silently, until I fiddled with it to try to get an actual station again.

I may be able to come up with something more, later today, but that will have to do for now. Meanwhile, have a look at everyone else's silent photos!

Linking List

Monica - Posted!
Shutterly Happy

Steven - Posted!

Suzanne R - Posted!
SuzyQ421's Photo Blog

Carly - Posted!

Jama - Posted!
Sweet Memories

Ways I See the World

Karen - Posted!
Outpost Mâvarin

Sherrie - Posted!
Sherrie's Stuff

Up on Haliburton Hill

Molly Mavis - Posted!
Visual Dialogues

Meg - Posted! (New Blog Name) - Carly
Free From The Pit

Linda - Posted!
Linda's Window

Sandra - Posted!
A Cappuccino A Day

Alexa - Posted!
Imagination Pounces

Chrissie - Posted!
Chrissea's Corner

ellen b - Posted!
The Happy Wonderer

Martha - Posted!

Kara **Welcome, new member!**
Hip Chick's Home

Kelly **Welcome, new member!** - Posted!
A Goddess Rising

betty - Posted!
A Corgi in Southern California

Linda (OC’s Mom) **Welcome New Member** Posted!
Country Corgis

Peggy - Posted!
Holmespunfun Memes and Themes

Annie **Welcome New Member** - Posted!
Annie's Home

Betty**Welcome New Member** - Posted!
A Glimpse into Midlife

Vicki - Posted!
Beach Bum

Ruth**Welcome New Member** - Posted!
The Scrabble Queen, Knits Too

And please check out my other entries below if you get a chance. Thanks!



a corgi said...

sorry about the power outage; those are never fun to deal with. We lost our internet the other day except I didn't realize it at the time, I thought it was my computer only until I started checking other ones (2 hours later) and realized internet was down (duh)

loved the pictures depicting silence. Very clever about the music that was silenced

enjoy the day


Sherrie said...

Love your photos of music legends that are now silenced. Very good art work! Mine is posted. Have a great day!


ellen b said...

Great shots for the theme Karen!! Have a good weekend...

Anonymous said...

Very clever indeed.
Love those paintings of the musicians, great photos!

I'm grinning ear to ear! Well done and smart!

Carly said...

Hi Karen

I love the top photos of the music store. Gosh, it's not easy to find music stores anymore, it's seems more and more are closing. I would love to see the whole building, it looks like a really interesting place. Does it have any sort of rich history behind it?


Suzanne R said...

Your music store photos were so cleverly and nicely done. Such a neat idea! You and I had the same thought about the TV being off, except mine didn't go off involuntarily, which is always maddening. Great post!

Anonymous said...

What a brilliant idea. Something that made noise in the past, but is now silenced (in more ways than one)
Excellent photo's at that music store and I'd love to check that out someday!

Monica said...

I love how you approached this and showed the musicians that are now silenced. The store also looked like an interesting place to explore.

As for the loss of electricity where you live, ouch, I'd be very cranky without air conditioning. The TV wouldn't bother me.

Meg said...

A power outage would cause some serious silence at my house!! Loved the originality of the paintings. Great choices.

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