This photo intrigues me every time I look at it. It was taken at around 4:30 AM during beer fest. I had taken a friend visiting HK out that night to have a few drinks. After successfully showing my friend a good time, and might or might not have intoxicated him a little too much, we went on our merry ways home to get some rest.
Every weekend, this corner at the bottom of LKF is always quite lively with people walking by constantly and more often than not, many will stop and enjoy the music played by the street musicians that are there all night. I will admit to singing along with the songs every time I walk past. No matter what mood I’m in, that split second of music gives me joy.
Correct me if I’m wrong but street performers seem to be popping up more and more in Hong Kong. It’s quite fantastic, the art scene in HK is growing as well and it gives me faith that we will be able to fight whatever China wants to implement to our country. Oops, I meant city but I really just think its a country. Nonetheless, that was the first time I’ve seen so many people sit on the floor and listen to the live band.
I don’t know these live musicians but if I did, I’d ask them how they felt with so many audience that weren’t on the move. I’d imagine they touched many hearts that night with their songs. Maybe someone got the courage to share their feelings with someone they liked after listening to a love song. Maybe a bunch of friends sang and danced along to moves like jagger and flagged it as the grand finale of their night. Maybe someone was upset and simply needed the energy from the live band and the audience to lift them up. There were so many different memories being created. If I wasn’t so tired, I’d probably stay to observe the crowd and create a new memory for myself.
Never underestimate the power of music and community.