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Life’s all about coincidences. I don’t think we should read too much into them. I’m not going all spiritual, but sometimes it does come “full circle”.

I missed a great projection at Batroun Art Space last weekend: The Swimmer with Burt Lancaster.
Plus, I’ve been longing for the sea since I came back to Beirut.
I desperately tried to find a partner in crime yesterday, going around shouting: Let’s Go Swimming!

Despite the clouds and the rain, I finally went to Sporting by myself, swam a bit and spent a great time facing the elements.
And then I switched my ipod on and randomly listened to The New Yorker’s fiction podcast. The second short story I heard was John Cheever’s “The Swimmer”!!!

Just saw the trailer. I’m glad I “read” the short story first… Check it out, it’s really good and you’ll understand what Narcissus is doing here.

Loudon Wainwright – Swimming Song (Mediafire Link)

This summer I swam in the ocean,
And I swam in a swimming pool,
Salt my wounds, chlorine my eyes,
I’m a self-destructive fool, a self-destructive fool.

This self-destructive fool bids you goodnight.

REM – Nightswimming (Mediafire Link)

Nightswimming deserves a quiet night
I’m not sure all these people understand
It’s not like years ago,
The fear of getting caught,
Of recklessness and water
They cannot see me naked
These things, they go away,
Replaced by everyday
You, I thought I knew you
You, I cannot judge
You, I thought you knew me,
This one laughing quietly underneath my breath…

And here’s the “loopy” epilogue: REM’s Mike Mills claims he recorded the piano part on the same piano used by Derek and the Dominos on the recording of “Layla“!

Written by audiogrammes

October 13, 2011 at 00:46

Posted in Call and response

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