La fête de la musique has come and gone. We went for a couple of hours walking and sometimes stopping to watch an interesting performance. Once the streets starting to get crowded we headed home. Last year, we learned a lesson about packed streets and strollers not to mention small children in tow. It is not fun to be in a crowd pushed this way and that all the time worrying that someone will fall on your child or your child will get lost in the wave of people. So, we were home shortly after 9 p.m. If it were not for the babies, I would have liked to have stayed late into the night listening to all the music and watching all the people…not dance.
Please, explain to me how it is possible to listen to music and not at least tap a toe? Yet, while standing swinging my hips back and forth with one baby or another swinging along…not one other person was moving. All were just standing and watching the performance as if it were a politician giving a speech.
In the States, during outdoor concerts most everyone is swaying to the music and some will really get down. I have to admit, last night, I was homesick for my dance partners back in America as I was left to sway all alone to the music. All the festivals I can remember going to in America were swarmed with dancing and swaying figures singing or humming along.
Last year, at a German festival, I saw dancing, singing and drinking people being…hmmm, festive. Yesterday and last year, the people in Strasbourg were not so very festive compared to what I am used to back in the States. In this case, I prefer the hellraising Americans who know how to have a good time. I am American deep, deep inside after all. When I hear music, my whole body wants to move. Maybe, since Germany is close by, I should attend more of the German festivals so I don’t have to dance alone? This is another reason living in Europe is great. You can enjoy the best of each country’s culture.
Other than the non-dancing, we really enjoyed the freedom of the music. I think La fête de la musique (the music festival) would be a huge hit in America. Can you image all of the Americas dancing together on the same night? Boy, that would be some party!