Bookstore 777, 2009
It lulls you tenderly and cosily, while a melancholic-musing undercurrent bears you away. Laura Gibson, folk singer and songwriter, performs “Hands in Pockets” and “Postures Bent” accompanied by her mates Sean Ogilvie and Micah Rabwin (both from the band Musée Mécanique) in a small bookshop in Vienna’s city centre. Darkness has fallen in and a candle has been lit when the three from the Portland-area charmingly embed their songs in this intimacy. Laura Gibson’s often-described captivatingly soft voice, the fragile a cappella part, the warm accordion or the unique ukelin sound – all of it contributes to an ambience where no more superfluous word is spoken or gesture made. So atmospheric that Laura’s, Sean’s and Micah’s performance ends in a moment of calmness, before the owners of the bookshop finally start clapping.
777 is small, but cosy bookstore in Vienna’s first district. It lies just a stone’s throw away from Stephansdom in the romantically sedate Domgasse 8. With its big illuminated windows the shop invites promenaders to stop and study the various book covers already from outside. Once they step in, they find themselves encircled by book-covered walls that treat topics as science, religion, food, history, astrology a.o. Because of 777’s focus on astrology and esoterism, they also offer to cast interested persons’ horoscope.