Laurie Anderson Puts On A Concert For Dogs In Times Square
Just a few days after humans welcomed 2016 in New York’s Times Square, artist and filmmaker Laurie Anderson held an unusual show for man’s best friend.
The dogs which attended her performance pretty much enjoyed themselves, as they were given a chance to listen to music that was specially designed for them. Humans could check out the canine music via headphones.
In a concert which featured only low-frequency music, Anderson wanted to surprise New York’s furry inhabitants and honor 9/11 first responder dogs. The canine concert also promoted her latest movie ”Heart of a Dog,” which was inspired by the rat terrier she and her late husband Lou Reed adopted. The film explores concepts such as love, memory, and death and will air throughout January between 11:57 p.m. and midnight on Times Square’s billboards.
Anderson came up with the idea of putting on a show for pooches in order to show just how much they can change our lives, or in her own words, to demonstrate ‘the unifying power of dogs.’
Despite the harsh weather conditions in New York Monday, both Anderson and her audience had a good time. As a matter of fact, the artist said she couldn’t remember when she did something as fun as ‘barking in Times Square.’
Just a few minutes before midnight, Anderson told the pooches in attendance to keep barking in order to celebrate the end of one year and the beginning of another.
It’s also important to clarify why she chose low-decibel sounds instead of high-frequency noises. Since dogs hear much better than humans, the first sounds are appealing to pups whereas the latter could be unpleasant to them. Interestingly enough, the same applies to cats – though our feline friends will have to wait for a show of their own.
Not all dogs barked along, though. Some remained quiet while others seemed confused. Whatever the case, all pups were relaxed. And their humans were more than happy to attend an event aimed at dog lovers and their four-legged companions.
This is not the first time Anderson held a show for dogs. She put on her first canine-friendly concert in 2010 at the Sydney Opera House.
We can’t wait to listen to more of her doggy concerts!
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