We’re excited to announce what is now officially the second annual Public Space Singalong! This time, we’ll be celebrating the dual nature of both existence and Los Angeles’ favorite anthropomorphic feet at the Happy Foot Sad Foot sign on Sunset Boulevard, on the Silver Lake/Echo Park border.
We’re again collaborating with Machine Project, this time as part of their Field Guide to LA Architecture for the Getty PST initiative. At 7pm this Sunday, we’ll meet at Machine (1200 D North Alvarado Street just north of Sunset, Echo Park, LA 90026) and then process together down Sunset Boulevard to the base of the Happy Foot Sad Foot sign. There we’ll join together in a singalong that will oscillate between happy and sad songs. As always, songbooks will be provided, and the tone-deaf and singing-phobic are welcome (though singing is heartily encouraged)!
If you want to receive a songbook and playlist to familiarize yourself with the songs before the event, just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line [I'm ready for an emotional roller coaster ride]. More on the event is here and here.
The singalong also serves as the official launch of www.sunsetfootclinicsign.com, Bennett Williamson’s website that presents a faithfully recreated 3-D animation of the local icon. This single-serving website provides fate-prediction services for users outside of the greater Echo Park / Silverlake area. It also serves as a kind of digital life insurance for the populist landmark, spinning in perpetuity for the many chintzy vernacular L.A. landmarks and signage that have fallen victim to the developer’s bulldozer.
Hope to see you this Sunday!
I just realized I forgot to post the article that was written about last year’s Public Space Singalong on the excellent KCET Departures blog! Check it out here.
In other news, we’re gearing up for what looks like it might be an annual event — the second ever PSS is in the works for next month. We’ll announce more here soon but, in the meantime, tell us what your favorite happy songs and sad songs are!
Friend of PSS Deb Helt made this video of us singing Starman in the 2nd Street Tunnel (giant cardboard clapping hands included). Thanks to George Villanueva for extra footage.
Stay tuned for more PSS news in the very near future!
at some photos from last Sunday’s event on our Flickr. Please send us any audio/video/photos you might have, and we’ll post them here!
to audio of 2nd Street Tunnel space-themed singalong at Soundcloud.
Want to know about upcoming Public Space Singalongs? Rad. Send an email to email@example.com, with the subject line [mailing list], and/or like us on facebook. We’ll keep you posted!
The first Public Space Singalong was held in the 2nd Street Tunnel in Downtown Los Angeles on August 26, 2012 for Machine Project. In honor of the retro-futuristic location and the life and death of Neil Armstrong, we sang a handful of familiar pop songs covering topics like satellites, countdowns to takeoff, the wish to be abducted by aliens, and the loneliness of outer space. Songs were accompanied by violin, accordion, guitar, snare and triangle, and giant cardboard hands.
Moonage Daydream, David Bowie
Satellite of Love, Lou Reed
Planet Queen, T Rex
Starman, David Bowie
Major Tom, Peter Schilling
Rocket Man, Elton John
Pauline Lay, violin
Rob Amesbury, accordion
Jessica Cowley, guitar
Matt Stromberg, snare
Lauren von Gogh, triangle
Steven Simon, giant hands
We’re collecting documentation of the evening — if you have photos or video or audio to share, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
To find out about future public space singalongs, send an email to email@example.com with the subject line [mailing list].