Just Play

For those of you who like my Facebook Music page, this may be a repeat. For those of you who know my obsession with this man and by proxy, Blade Runner, may roll your eyes. But I shall not rest until every musician, nay…every person, has seen this video. Please disregard the incredibly clueless and yet somehow still condescending Tony Harris. What Vangelis says about music, it’s relation to life, and how to enjoy rather than use music, is more than worth your time. The ending is quite powerful, too.


(Only way I can ever get our names together. 😉 )

12 thoughts on “Just Play

  1. You’re right, Tony Harris is a totally horrible and ridiculous interviewer. Vangelis kept referring to things with poetic insight, making indirect allusions and letting the viewer feel the conclusion, and it went right over Mr. Harris’ head. Selective listening I guess.

    All in all, Vangelis seems unique, incredibly talented, humble, filled with vision and an appreciation for life, and Greek (he is Greek isn’t he? reminds me of my Ancient Greek teacher).

    Thanks for sharing. :)

  2. Tony Harris also seemed uncomfortable with how real Vangelis was. He seemed more comfortable reinterpreting Vangelis into cliches, then really listening and responding to what Vangelis was trying to say.

  3. On a side note, I just started dating, and I’m convinced that so much anger could be done away with in this world if we just accepted that people are different than us, and then also delighted in those differences. I wonder how much time we waste by being angry that people aren’t like how we want them to be, how much fear we give in to by trying to control other people in our life, when we were never meant to do that, when God intended for them to be a part of this world, and didn’t intend for this world to be the idealistic, fake version we see in our heads. That’s what Harris was doing–he didn’t feel comfortable that Vangelis didn’t fit in to how Harris himself thought people should view the world–and he was actually a bit annoyed it, or at least uncomfortable–I’m not saying Vangelis is perfect, but it’s just an example of how we need to understand that just because we like things a certain way, does not mean that that is the only way those things should be liked.

  4. Oh man…so great! “Beauty is a safety valve.” Sort of sums it all up right there.

    I’m just totally in awe of Vangelis. The very fact that he has maintained his sanity and upheld his own artistic code over the past 50+ years of making music blows my mind. I really appreciate his whole notion of creating something that is truly beautiful and not distorted by consumerist ideology.

    And I agree that Tony Harris is obnoxious, and doesn’t get it at all. There’s a few great moments where the camera hangs on him a little too long, and he’s just staring blankly at Vangelis.

    I also really love the part where they show the night shots of Qatar with the Blade Runner soundtrack underneath to highlight the comparison he makes. Kind of spooky.

  5. Totally in awe of him, too. And I love that he says he did Blade Runner because it was prophetic. I agree, those shots with the soundtrack are crazy. Every time I watch Blade Runner, I think how crazy how much of that stuff came true, and it was made in 1982. And the book even earlier.

    If I could be half as secure in my artistry and beliefs as Vangelis in 50 years, I’d be stoked. :)

  6. Love the does music drive the composer or the composer drive the music comments. Couldn’t listen to the whole thing, but the tone of the conversation reminds me of the revelation/reminder (shame that I had to be told) that for the majority of human history, beauty was accepted as objective. This “beauty is in the eye of the beholder” is a relatively new concept, and runs counter to centuries of philosophy/theology. Further, beauty was (is?) considered intertwined with truth. Is this how we tend to think of beauty today? Beauty as it relates to music?

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