Shooting Spires

Castellezgasse 10, 2009

On this special occasion, BJ Warshaw from Shooting Spires kindly wrote a few words about his personal relationship with Vienna:

“My Grandma Mary was born on July 21st, 1920, at Castellezgasse 10, Vienna. On my first trip to Austria, performing as Shooting Spires, I decided to stop and visit her birthplace. I’m happy to have had They Shoot Music Don’t They accompany me on this genealogical outing. I was strangely jittery singing two of my songs in the courtyard of this building. I don’t think the cameras caught my anxiety, but it was truly something, singing these humble songs where my grandmother had surely played as a child. I emailed my grandmother to get some details about her life there, and here’s what she had to say (Aunt Nany is my grandmother’s sister, my great aunt):

“I lived in that old building until I was 10 years old. Some years before then my father had come to America and only my mother and I lived there. We left to come to America to see my father. We could only come on a visitors Visa and were able to stay only for 2 and ½ years. We then had to return to Vienna and that’s when Aunt Nany was born. I left Vienna for America in 1936 alone to join my father before the Nazi hordes took over Austria. Unfortunately, my Mom and Nany were caught there for a short while and joined us in July of 1937. Hope that makes sense to you.”

I feel lucky to have glimpsed this place. And I’m tremendously thankful to They Shoot Music Don’t They, both for their hospitality and for helping me to document the visit.”

Michael Luger
Sound Recording
Matthias Leihs
Post production
Simon Brugner
Castellezgasse 10