Friday, December 22, 2006

They Were Giants

Facing the alley in back of the Chicago Music store, there is a mural with a night cityscape and two surviving jazz musicians with roughly 30 ft (about 10 m) of graffiti covering whoever was originally painted between them. The Chicago Music store dates from the 1940's and quite possibly the inside looks now like it did 60 years ago. I didn't have the nerve to take photos, It was fairly dark inside, would have required flash, hardly unobtrusive, and the folks weren't particularly friendly.

Its a place for serious musicians, you wind your way through a labyrinth of shelves with distant views of higher levels and things in shadows, high ceilings and far corners, no obvious order. When I was there, in one corner accoustic guitar was being played with some authority, somewhere out of sight. A place for people who believe the music is more important than appearances. If you know what you're looking for you will find it.


Blogger Kate said...

Friendly or not, there should be more stores like this for music lovers. Interesting name for an Ariz. shop, too.

4:23 PM  
Blogger Sally said...

Your word picture is as ebvocative as these fantastic photo realist murals!

6:02 AM  
Blogger Louz said...

I agree Kate. I wonder if the original owner was from Chicago or it had to do with a store like that from Chicago. Actually I like stores like that, not a shiny and full of signs trying to get you to buy junk. These people are about music for real.

Thanks Sally. I think its wonderful mural work, what's visible now.

8:19 AM  

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