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Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Musical Mimer!


The man at the front of the bus – the one that just got on? – would like you to know that he plays all the instruments.

All of them!

Look at him up there, this rhythmically ticking Man About Town.  Those headphones are not just for show, you know.  Those are serious appliances encompassing his ears, the kind normally found adorning men behind soundboards and in wood-paneled basements. 

One can’t hear his music, of course, but from the looks of it, he’s thoroughly enjoying himself.  And why not?  Rocking in his seat, his head thrashing with a metronomic intensity usually reserved for those found in fatal proximity to an electrical outlet, he moves with ease from one imaginary instrument to another.

The drums.  One suspected that he played the drums, and here it is.  Clutching make-believe sticks, a drum part we cannot hear is acted out before us.  Bum-diddly-bum-diddly – SPLASH!  An imaginary crash symbol rings out, fills the air with the inaudible ring of metallic percussion. 

Surely this man rocks without compare.

But wait!  What’s this?  A guitar solo?  It is almost too much!  But there it is.  His left hand on the pretend fret board, the right holding an ethereal pick, this next part of whatever he is listening to consumes him.   Wheedly-wheedly-wheedly!  The woman in the seat next to me, also watching Rockstar #1, grins and motions with a jerk of her chin. 

We smile at each other, toward the man up front, the man with the rockingest playlist on the bus. 

The next part involves a ghostly piano, his fingers running along keys that only he sees.  His hands pound at the air in front of him, and one can’t help but be impressed with his singular devotion to the miming of entire pieces.

The people across from him sigh, look out the window, look at their hands, close their eyes. 

And arriving at my stop, I am forced to de-bus before he finishes.

It’s not often that we are witness to such a display of musical love and lack of boundaries.

But it is an amusing way to start a Tuesday.

38 comments:

vanilla said...

Ah! You found yesterday's post.
Music to start your day. Win-win.

Dawn @Lighten Up! said...

Clearly I should ride the bus to work instead of driving solo. I long to see the man who "rocks without compare."
:)

Pearl said...

vanilla, I did. :-) And I can only hope this man is on the afternoon bus as well.

Pearl said...

Dawn, :-) I hope to never go back to commuting by car. The bus is the great equalizer and a welcome reminder that I am just one among many.

And that the many can be pretty weird.

Shelly said...

That miming sounds a whole lot more pleasant than the man I saw miming flipping me off on the highway this morning. Wish I could ride a commuter bus now and then...

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

What a great way to start your day - an upfront seat to a silent concert. Yeah, I'm digging that.

esbboston said...

I enjoy The Voice, do you watch it?

I found my favorite Yanni album CD and loaded into the player in my truck. I went downtown to the hardware store, and as I got out the van that plays the blaring music as it seLLs ice cream to children was playing a strange version of something that sounded like Yanni from that same CD, looping in about 12 seconds.

Pearl said...

Shelly, ahh. The very reason I don't miss commuting. That's not to say, however, that there hasn't been unpleasantness on the bus. Last week we had a zealot at the back of the bus, preaching. Until the bus driver sent someone back... Not sure how/if I'm going to write that one!!

Starting Over, that's what I thought. :-) And it was absolutely free!

Pearl said...

esb, I don't have access to TV anymore, although I do pick up a lot of DVDs at the pawn shop. :-)

joeh said...

If you tele-commuted, where would you get your material?

savannah said...

i'm in hermit mode at the moment, so i am truly enjoying your people watching moments, sweet pea. xoxoxoxo

Joshua said...

You have obviously never been next to me on the interstate while I'm driving home from work. Especially when I'm in an 80's mood. ROCK ON!!!

Pearl said...

joeh, while I do have an array of imaginary people in my head, kept there for cases of boredom and/or departmental meetings, I admit I would never want to work from home. Or teleport via one of those sucking-tube things the Jetsons commute with.

That's just crazy.

Savannah, thank you. I love that. Hermit away, just don't forget that everyone is someone's weirdo: you may be depriving someone of their weirdo if you stay indoors too long. :-) Not to mention that I'm absolutely positive that there are people who see you and murmur to themselves, "who is that attractive woman?"

Joshua, for a chance to witness that, you hair-rocker you, I would pay for coffee.

Simply Suthern said...

Would be interesting to know how he would really sound.

Never broke out the tamborines or bagpipes did he?

El Gato said...

Clearly you have been spying on me across the country! As I was reading this all I could think of was... wow, this is how people look at me on the train... Great post Pearl. Cheers!

fishducky said...

A one man air band--what a fantastic concept!!

esbboston said...

I checked the internet and it appears that there is free over-the-air TV in Minneapolis. You may be able to get an antenna that even works indoors to pickup the broadcasts, as I you have an apartment, I think.

Eva Gallant said...

I think that would make me smile!

Twisted Scottish Bastard said...

Is it my imagination, or do you tend to attract all the wierdos?

Pearl said...

Simply, oh, what I would give to see "air bagpipes". Put all the other imaginary instruments to shame, I would think.

El Gato, our little secret is out. :-)

fishducky, I'll bet he's available for parties.

esb, it's quiet, outside of my DVD addiction, up in the Eyrie...

Eva, I think it would, too!

TSB, why no. Me? Attract weirdos? :-) (Thanks for popping by!!)

Leenie said...

You don't attract weirdos. They're always there like stars. It's just that Pearl has an ability to see what most of us miss. And share so well. Thanks.

Geo. said...

Pearl, this post prompts me to say what I should've before. Your skill as a flâneuse is right up there with Geo. Sand, Frances Trollope, Virgina Woolf and Agatha Christie in my estimation and provocative of equal interest. I usually just write "my compliments" but this one warranted something more specific.

Indigo Roth said...

Hey Pearl! You should have been here earlier. I've been playing Marillion's latest, SOUNDS THAT CAN'T BE MADE. The closer, SKY ABOVE THE RAIN drew out a veritable orchestra in me. And not a note or rhythm out of place, even the laconic drumming. A joy! Indigo x

Pearl said...

Leenie, I like that. :-) The weirdos are like stars, always there...

Geo, that is, hands down, the nicest thing that's ever been said to me.

IR, I would've liked to have seen that. :-)

Craver Vii said...

I would have been very curious to know what song he was listening to. Since I drive solo in my car, I keep the windows rolled up and try to sing along with the radio. And when no one listens, I do fairly well. Apparently, the problem is not my singing, but other people listening. Well, that's my story and I'm sticking to it.

Stephen Hayes said...

He truly dances to the beat of a different drummer.

R. Jacob said...

I must admit to being that man, or just like him. I have done all that. I play a mean air drum in the car, using whatever is handy for drumsticks. I live the music no matter how it looks and I have fun!

Linda Sue said...

"rocks without compare" hahaha I see this person so clearly!

The Elephant's Child said...

People watching rocks. I am sure that you got off the bus smiling.

mapstew said...

I think that might have been me! :¬)

xxx

Rose L said...

Too bad you didn't have a camera to film the "concert." Would have loved to see him play some woodwind instruments.

HermanTurnip said...

What would be weird would be if his headphones weren't plugged into anything...

jenny_o said...

"...his head thrashing with a metronomic intensity usually reserved for those found in fatal proximity to an electrical outlet..."

Perhaps there was some previous cranial damage on account of too much thrashing?

Wonderfully funny post!

NotesFromAbroad said...

"Rocking in his seat, his head thrashing with a metronomic intensity usually reserved for those found in fatal proximity to an electrical outlet..."

You are just brilliant. Period. End of story.

Raymond Alexander Kukkee said...

The man is probably a musical genius who DOES know how to play all of those instruments--virtually and in reality --a veritable symphony. Some of us can identify with that...

Valerie said...

"Musical love and lack of boundaries."

Perfectly put!

I saw a guy sort of like that the other day-silently, but dramatically lip syncing to some rap tune while he gyrated down the sidewalk. He was obviously so enthralled with his own performance, I had to admire it too!

River said...

What a great way to start your day!

Suldog said...

I rarely air guitar (since I play the bass - or like to pretend that I play it better than I do, at least - I don't find the need to exercise my fingers in an imaginative manner) but I do occasionally drum along to things, much to the consternation of my co-workers. I do it quite unconsciously, until I'm asked by them to please quit it before we need to kill you, Jim.