Vysotsky’s “Aborted Flight” / 36 Year Later
Saturday May 21st, 2016 ~10:56AM-~11:16AM
Marina Vlady wrote about Vladimir Vysotsky’s “Aborted flight.” Vladimir Vysotsky, the man who played Hamlet on stage and in real life. Vladimir Vysotsky passed into the gentle good night, during the first year of my life: 1980. Vladimir Vysotsky, lover of women, song, and wine. Vysotsky’s art had a real rawness and intensity to it. A reflection of his stormy, passionate life, dedicated to God, and tormented by demons. Vysotsky sang about love and insanity, loneliness and hope. The reason Vysotsky is and will be remembered is that he had a realness about him. A real passion and desire to experience life at its most intense, beautiful, passionate, and of course painful. Any artist worth his salt can surely relate.
My favorite song by Vysotsky is “Pesnya Akuna” (in Russian) or “Song of the Second” (in English), which reflected Vysotsky’s deep yearning and passion for passionate understanding. Although he describe “the second” as a male, I prefer to think about that person as a female. Visotsky preferred to characterize himself as an actor rather than as a singer. I believe every great latter, is surely the former; as exemplified by New Jersey’s own Bruce Springsteen (whom I have dubbed “the American Vysotsky”).
Vysotsky’s sense of humor, as well as his intense, uncompromising music and passion for women will be remembered for its uniqueness, clarity, intensity; which is to say beauty. There was a clear sense in Vysotsky’s performances that he was “giving of himself fully,” something which every great artist does. He gave his all. R.I.P. Vladimir Semyonovich Vysotsky, age 42, 36 years later.