Traveling and sightseeing this week with my parents, has taken us to the beautiful port city of Bremen, just miles from the hometown of my husband... and what a perfect place to end up in for the "corner view" music theme.
One of the famous stories connected with the city is the "Bremen Town Musicians", a tale by the brothers Grimm of a donkey, dog, cat, and rooster "all past their usefulness on the farm, soon to be discarded by their masters. One by one they leave their homes and set out together. They decide to go to Bremen, known for its freedom, to live without owners and become musicians there." A statue, somewhat of the city symbol, has since been erected in front of the city hall depicting the tale and many visitors touch the hooves of the donkey for luck or wishes to come true. (Wikepedia)
The streets were peppered with corner musicians despite the on and off rain, creating melodic surprises and bringing the streets to life. It seemed as though just about every genre of music could be heard floating down the streets.
At one point, much to our delight, a "baker's choir" traveling from Cologne stopped in the city square to sing their hometown song. It is not everyday that one just breaks out singing on the streets... it was almost stepping onto the set of a musical.
Recently when we visited the city park we were welcomed at the entrance by a gentleman playing a "Drehorgel". I was delighted by the greeting that we received and it reminded me of one of my first trips to the Baltic Sea. These are the type of traditions that I live for.
... for more musical delights, don't forget to visit Jane at Spain Daily. Our travels carry on this week to the next town and I will only rejoin the group next week.