Monday, 29 August 2011

Yellow shoes


In 1968 at Newcastle Teachers' College, on the old Merewether campus, there was a particularly good music appreciation teacher. One thing is bright and shiney 'til this day. He rabbited on about notes and scales and octaves and other probably relevant stuff. A bulb lit up above my noggin: well then, music is finite. Given all these inputs, there will come a day when it will be impossible to write a new piece of music. A slight smyrk appeared at the corner of his mouth, 'Well, no Julie, not quite' and on he went to explain, as he played Handel's 'Water Music'.

Colour is a bit like that. When I was a kid, I am sure this green/lime/olive had not been discovered/invented/mixed. My childhood was a ROYGBIV world.

Powell's Building (1880), Oxford Street Paddington, opposite Victoria Barracks.

14 comments:

Kay L. Davies said...

I think I would rather this colour hadn't been invented but someone obviously liked it. :o)
— K

Kay, Alberta, Canada
An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

Randy said...

I love the color. The first shot is marvelous.

Rae Walter said...

But then again, there was once upon a time when mission brown and the rather dark green was fashionable and "everywhere"! Thankfully, neither of these are popular now. Love the colour in these shots and especially the shoes!

Virginia said...

Maybe not as a kid but it made up for it with a vengeance in the late 60's. Had the washer/dryer to prove it! Yikes!
Love the 'yaller" shoes.
V

diane b said...

Yuk!

Ann said...

I don't think this particular incarnation of green/lime/olive should have been invented.

Rinkly Rimes said...

I've wondered about the finite-ness of tunes myself.You look at the number of notes on the piano and think 'One day all the combinations are going to be used up!'

So you studied in Newcastle (where I now live). I wonder if I ever taught with
teachers you knew. (I'm much older and trained in England, myself.)

J Bar said...

They seem to be going for darker shades for these heritage buildings these days.

Joan Elizabeth said...

Don't like the green on a building. Don't like yellow shoes on men. Don't like modern orchestral music ... I think they have run out of tunes and invented noise instead. I must be having a grumpy day.

Joe said...

If this green were a key it would be an F Flat Minor.

brattcat said...

so nice this morning to have something 'bigger' to think about than our poor flooded little town. thanks, julie.

Julie said...

Joe: Meaning dark, maudlin and intense? F# Minor, or F Minor perhaps, but not Fb Minor. My favourite classical composer is Brahms so it is a feeling in music that I appreciate, and which, yes, goes well with this colour. And with the gent with the yellow shoes, valiantly swiming against the tide.

Julie said...

BC: YOU are flooded!! Really? I had no idea that Irene went that far inland ... golly. Not good.

PerthDailyPhoto said...

I keep hoping to see my son walking down the street in one of your pictures Julie, when I saw the yellow shoes I had a good look, probably just what he would wear...maybe not!