Ode to Arthur Fellig

Here is the song on the Volt 276 with EQ and effects:

And here it is on the Volt 276 without EQ or effects (but with its onboard “vintage” mode):

They called him Weegee
The name of his game
Was Street Photography
You really should see it

High society
Gala affairs
Scandal sheets
Devil may care

Lowbrow Bowery
Gypsies, Tramps and thieves
Real life captured
Beyond belief

Fact or fiction
Is it really real
Scenes on film
History sealed

Another era
Another time
The fleeting moment
So sublime

Life is just
Imitation of art
We are characters
In a play with a part

Chorus
New York City
Late Night scenes
Real life
Humanity

in a nutshell

  • Weegee was one of the most iconic American photographers
  • He had an eye for reportage with a very humanistic approach
  • His reportage also was quite an artistic expression

discussion

New York City has always been intense and the stories told there are legendary. People from all over the world have moved there. It is a global melting pot and always has been. Weegee was one of many extraordinary characters. His photography and cinematic work inspired many others. His photographs grace all of the photo art books.

theme

Art and life can many times and many ways be one in the same. Humanistic photography is many times not too pretty looking, but it is real. At first it can even be shocking, but then the humanity oozes out. Weegee was a master at this.

conclusion

I’m finding that writing lyrics and music about quirky American historical characters is great fun. All seem a bit wacky at first glance, then you see the humanity in their souls and they become unlikely folk heroes.

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