A Canadian friend was singing in an Australian pub on Monday, and got into conversation with an American lady. It went something like this, he told me.
- Hi, where are you from?
- Las Vegas.
- And how long have you been in Korea?
- I just got here yesterday.
- So what do you do?
- Iâ€™m a drummer.
- Hey, thatâ€™s good. Some buddies of mine have this band, and the guy who was playing drums just got deported, so theyâ€™re looking for a new one now.
- Er, I play the drums for Celine Dion.
The Quebecoise diva was in town for a gig last night. I'm afraid I canâ€™t report on that â€“ the tickets were too expensive.
Apparently she walked right past me in the lobby of the Peninsular Hotel in Tokyo a couple of weeks ago. I thought it was Sarah Jessica Parker. Rather scary looking and very, very thin.
So you're in Seoul... I know one second hand record shop in the underground arcade near the Shinsegae department store. Are there any more?
Also, is there anywhere to get good field recordings of Shamanist music? The "ethnographic" museum is a complete waste of time and the new National Museum wasn't yet open when I was over last. A good reason to again i suppose.
As it happens, I see today is Sarah Jessica's birthday, and Celine's is this Sunday. The reviews I saw of her Seoul concerts were excellent. There are hardly any record shops at all in Korea now. The couple of secondhand shops I knew (not the one you mention) have closed. As for shamanist field recordings, I'll see what I can find.