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Until the Rain

On Sunday, around four, I decided to take a walk for a stretch and a breath. When I got to the street, I noticed the traffic light blinking Don’t Walk to Walk. I took out my camera and got a shot of that. Then I saw the Christmas lights in the 9th Street Community Garden and I thought, Why not make a movie focusing on lights and capture how illumination grows as it gets darker?

As I walked, I shot fifty short segments of car lights, blinking signs, tug boats along the East River, whatever struck my fancy. When I started to edit it down later, the background sounds were so varied I thought I’d replace that jaggedness with music by Abing, the Chinese composer, a wandering (wondering) blind musician who played the erhu. Lucky for me Abing fit. He makes it more beautiful yet. I did something impulsively and it turned out to be beautiful. Beauty is what I strive for; I don’t often get there, but I strive for it.

Welcome to my neighborhood.


  1. Abdulrazak Aralimatti
    Posted 16 Dec ’15 at 5:28 am | Permalink


    • Posted 16 Dec ’15 at 9:15 am | Permalink

      Thank you. I’m glad you enjoyed it.

  2. mfxhogan
    Posted 25 Dec ’18 at 9:20 am | Permalink

    Well done, Don. A visual poem for sure. I recognize some of those scenes from my own walks along the river last year. Un abrazo from Mexico y Feliz Navidad.

  3. Posted 22 Dec ’21 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Beautiful. What a master on that instrument.

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