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A Boléro Sunset


A Boléro SunsetOPENING NIGHT SPENCER MYER PIANO

SEPTEMBER 20" & 21"

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My first Boléro sunset was thirty years ago on the island of Hydra, Greece. Roxane had dumped me to go gallivanting the French Riviera with her girlfriends so I ended up going with my gorgeous neighbor Sam. We took the Flying Dolphin from Piraeus arriving just before sunset. As we docked, we saw a little row boat pull up to the harbour and in it, Terence Trent d’Arby. Sam got her “selfie” and we made our way to the town. She was in bright spirits!

There are no cars on Hydra, only donkeys, but our guesthouse was just above a shop on the harbour. We settled in for a nice two week stay.

It wasn’t long before Sam met a guy, and I met a girl. It was looking up to be a great little holiday. Then one night I was confronted by a gang of flick-knife wielding Greeks outside a club at 2am.

“Just ignore them” said Hara as she pulled me by the hand toward the path to the sea. She shouted at them something in Greek, and they dispersed and went their way.

We climbed down the steps toward the sea, disrobed, and jumped in.


A Boléro SunsetOPENING NIGHT SPENCER MYER PIANO

SEPTEMBER 20" & 21"

Barter, Symphony Nt | - Rave. Pras Concerts foe the (ef Homd - Karel. Prass Concerto im G.

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Hara Pavlidou was the Daughter of the Island. The whole town had watched her grow from baby to young adult. She was perhaps a Princess. They wanted to protect her, and worried, every summer when the tourists arrived that one would break her heart. Well that was not going to be me. Although we did feel a mutual connection and we loved to hang out, we both were not ready for romance. When one night we all had a little too much Ouzo to drink, I slipped off with an American girl called Cindy. I don’t know why. When I met Hara the next morning, she just smiled, but I knew she was hurt.


A Boléro SunsetOPENING NIGHT SPENCER MYER PIANO

SEPTEMBER 20" & 21"

Barter, Symphony Nt | - Rave. Pras Concerts foe the (ef Homd - Karel. Prass Concerto im G.

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In the afternoons we’d borrow a backgammon set and sit at the cliff-top bar waiting for the sunset.

Maurice Ravel’s Boléro would start playing over the loud speakers. For the next 15 minutes we would be transfixed at the spectacle before us. There is nothing so majestic as a sunset over the Aegean accompanied by a full orchestra. First the snare drum and flute to announce the departure. Then the bassoons and horn, flute again, then trumpet. violas, horns and trumpets, then oboes, clarinets, horns, violins, and cellos echo the myriad of colours in the Aegean sky. The whole piece, a 15 minute crescendo building up to a magnificent climax perfectly coinciding with sun disappearing over the horizon. You are left, breathless, almost exhausted.


That was my first experiences with a Boléro sunset. A couple of times since, I encounted something similar. I remember once on Tanjong beach, Sentosa, watching the sunset to a guy playing Boléro on his clarinet.

Fortunately sunsets are not unique to specific locations. We all have access to beautiful sunsets. Next time you find yourself with time witness one, play Ravel’s Bolero on a loud speaker as an accompaniment and you will experience a slice of Heaven.





Dean Owen is Co-Founder of Quimojo, a revolutionary new concept in Global Campus Recruitment.




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Ken Boddie

5 years ago #16

Not yet but am being distracted by last minute panics before I take off for Indo in a week's time. #22

Dean Owen

5 years ago #15

#21
I'd never thought of Bolero that way. I know there was a movie which I never saw. But your comment did provoke me to post another song that perhaps was popular "at night", Je t'aime, Moi non plus. Thanks Ken-san. Are you travelling?

Ken Boddie

5 years ago #14

I enjoyed reading your post, Dean-san, and watching the video, which I almost missed, as too long away from beBee results in a lot of items on the wall. Funny how music brings back different memories for different people. I think of Torvill and Dean skating at the Sarajevo Winter Olympics when I hear Ravel's Bolero. And then, of course the bolero has been historically used over the years to accompany other night pursuits .... but this is a family show, so let's not go there. 😊

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #13

#18
Dean Owen, seems I have done the same. I went to find a photo about a month ago, and I KNOW I had just seen it maybe a week or so before. i could not find it when I needed it. I'm sure the photo will show up again when I'm not looking!

Dean Owen

5 years ago #12

#16
For me Lisa, it is usually a recollection of an experience that happens first, then the frantic search for an appropriate photo through loads of flash cards, USBs, memory sticks, thumb drives, and old computers. That can often take longer than the actually writing of the article!

Dean Owen

5 years ago #11

#14
I only discovered the sunset hive just now. Great idea. I wonder if it is possible to tell from a picture whether it is a sunrise or sunset.... Sorry, just thinking to myself...

Lisa Gallagher

5 years ago #10

Very interesting story Dean Owen. I'm glad you shared the link. I love the story and what led up to sharing of the sunsets which is something we can all see. You sure have had some amazing experiences!! I can see you hang onto photos, they are the best memories when looking back on them. Each photo tells a story, many stories we forgot about until we come across that photo once again.

What a beautiful experience Dean Owen, I am glad you're putting some life in the Sunset hive. I will feature it in my next Hive Talk.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #8

#11
Glad you enjoyed it. I must make sure to video a Bolero sunset one day...

Dean Owen

5 years ago #7

#10
Thank you Joanna. Let me know if you come across any other suitable sunset music!

don kerr

5 years ago #6

OMG Dean Owen. This is so moving an d transporting.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #5

#7
You went to Hydra!? It is such a charming little island isn't it? I bet you were pretty wild in the 90's! I had no idea about the sunsets Hive. What a great concept! Now let me go find Lisa's sunset buzz and put it in there...

Mamen 🐝 Delgado

5 years ago #4

Such a great experience Dean!!! I met the donkeys at Hydra in June 1992, probably one of the most risky days of my hole life... 😂 By the way, there is a hive about sunsets, here you have the link Donna-Luisa Eversley. https://www.bebee.com/group/sunset There are just a few buzzes, I have asked right now to be administrator of the hive so we can give it a little life!! ☀️

Javier 🐝 CR

5 years ago #3

wow ! nice to see you Dean Owen so young !!! LOL. thanks for sharing it !

Dean Owen

5 years ago #2

#4
Oh that would be wonderful Donna-Luisa. If we could share sunsets from all over the world on beBee. Wow.

Dean Owen

5 years ago #1

#1
It is hypnotic isn't it Donna-Luisa. Paired with a sunset and there is nothing sweeter. You must have some stunning sunsets down your part of the world.

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