My longtime colleague and friend, bronze sculptor and community organizer Peter Bevis, has been playing Shadows over loudspeakers outside of Gallery 154 in the Fremont District of Seattle since May 14th. 24/7.
Inside the main front window of the gallery sit the bronze replicas of heads of Sea otters, killed in the 1989 Exxon Valdez oil spill. Peter cast them, as he has many other animals killed by oil spills or other examples of man's stupidity, to raise awareness of human selfishness.
My music - Shadows - accompanies an epic poem by former Alaska poet, Ann Chandonnet.
A couple of weeks ago, the Seattle police compained to Peter about the sound. The gallery is attached to the Fremont Fine Arts Foundry, which Peter owns. It sits smack in the middle of a non-residential area, far from any houses or apartments. You can barely hear the music 200 feet away, and it is often completely covered by the sounds of machinery operating across the street, or heavy trucks driving down 34th.
I'm staying with my sister, her husband and my mom out on Mercer Island, just east of Seattle, on Lake Washington. Yesterday, today, Saturday asnd Sunday, the Navy's Blue Angels aerobatic team is flying over the Seafair hydroplane race course just north of Seward Park on Lake Washington. The reviewing stand is about two miles from where I'm staying.
The planes make a lot of noise. Probably about 100 times as much noise as the music Peter is playing in Fremont. It is heard at an almost painful level by about 75,000 people in Seattle, Renton, Tukwila and Mercer Island.
I doubt the Seattle police will be questioning the Blue Angels about their noise levels. They're way too busy shutting down the I-90 floating bridge and other roadways and arterials for hours each day this late week and weekend, inconveniencing hundreds of thousands of people to accomodate war worship.