A rain-soaked morning that threatened cancellation followed by a thick, wet blanket of heat that turned a ten minute walking commute from Mexican Summer to Msgr. McGolrick Park in Greenpoint into a crossing of the river Styx leads Peter Matthew Bauer, Skyler Skjelset and I to a nondescript park bench and a scene for Peter’s raga.
A raga is a set of four or five notes upon which a melody is constructed, their approach tempering the meaning to suit the player’s temperament. It can also mean a dyeing or coloring, something to provide hue to a psychology, a tint to the perception.
Here he plays his Philadelphia Raga, a song to the city where he recorded his first solo record, a hymn to passage, scattered moments, epiphany.