Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Surreal Life

Katy Perry, Witness
I bought tickets to a Katy Perry concert as an anniversary present for Hugh months ago. Tickets to the Witness Tour at The Garden. Woot! The day of the concert, I told a business friend that we were going and he started laughing. He wanted to know whose idea it was. Well, um, actually Hugh is the bigger KP fan between the two of us, but I wanted to see her perform too. Why was he laughing? He wouldn't say. My friend has two young daughters; the reason for his mirth. Hugh and I must be the only ones who didn't know that hordes of pre-teen girls adore Katy Perry. The girls are on to something here. The concert was arguably the best that I have ever seen. Katy Perry is not only a gifted composer with an incredible voice, she is also a performance artist extraordinaire. 
Please allow me to digress. I have been reading An Exquisite Corpse by Helen A. Harrison. The premise is a murder mystery which includes famous Surrealist artists as the book's central characters. Harrison is the Director of the Pollock-Krasner House in East Hampton, so she knows her way around art history. The murder is fiction, but characterizations are based on real people. I found myself looking up the artist's works, as I was drawn into the plot. The Exquisite Corpse in the title refers to a Surrealist drawing game called Cadaver Exquis where a folded piece of paper is passed from player to player, each one adding the part of a body with only the leading edge of the previous body part as a guide. The resulting bizarre compilation delighted the artist participants.
Exquisite Corpse (Cadavre exquis) 1928
Man Ray, Max Morise, André Breton, Yves Tanguy

 The concert stage lit up and I gasped.
Are you feeling the Surrealist vibe?
Le Faux Miroir (The False Mirror)
 by Rene Magritte, 1928 via
I think Man Ray would have appreciated the set for I Kissed A Girl..
Observatory Time - The Lovers, Man Ray 1934
Gala Éluard by Max Ernst 1924
oil on canvas, 32 x 25 3/4in
We're all just looking for connection
Yeah, we all want to be seen
I'm looking for someone who speaks my language
Someone to ride this ride with me
Can I get a witness? (Witness)
Will you be my witness" (Witness)
I'm just looking for a witness in all of this
Looking for a witness to get through this (through this, through this, through this)

Will you be my witness?
Could you be the one that speaks for me?
Will you be my witness?

from Witness by Katy Perry/Ali Payami/Max Martin/Savan Harish Kotecha


  1. This is great! And the book sounds intriguing, too. Don't you love it when you see a concert that pleases and surprises?

    1. It was so amazing & I really got a kick out of the Surrealist touches, intended it not.

  2. My son-in-law..the police sargent..45..who is also a musician..loves her.
    There you go..

    I think some stars get bad raps for unknown reasons..I think her marriage to Russel Brand stirred up bad publicity..
    I love shows/concerts that leave me filled with awe.
    I hate when people laugh for nothing;)

    1. ❤️ I love that the Sargent is s fan. The good part of having a young audience, the atmosphere was unusually smoke free 😉


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