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Music Under New York Audition 2011

May 19, 2011
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Music Under New York Audition 2011

Every year subway musicians who are members of Music Under New York help with the annual audition for musicians who wish to play in the subway under the Music Under New York umbrella. While it is legal for any musician to perform in the NYC subway, many musicians find it easier and helpful to...
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A Deluge of Poems About Street Musicians

January 21, 2011
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A Deluge of Poems About Street Musicians

I just posted a poem about busking yesterday, and a few hours later I received a fantastic comment, from Willa France who wrote: 14th St. Station on Wednesday, 19 January ~ 2:45 pm Saw Lady I descend into an alphabet maze of Union Square Station there entranced by ethereal sound teasing me in, on,...
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Power of Music

January 20, 2011
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Power of Music

Every now and then I come across poetry about street musicians. This time I found a real gem – a poem about a street musician by Wordsworth! Written in 1806, it could have just as well be describing subway musicians and their audiences in the subway of NYC today: POWER OF MUSIC/William Wordsworth AN...
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Subway Music Advice

September 28, 2010
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I was asked to say what advice I might give to somebody who wants to play music in the subway: First I’d like to say – just do it! Even though it might seem kind of scary to play music in the subway to begin with, you got to just go and do it...
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Busker Benjamin Franklin

September 11, 2010
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Busker Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin (American inventor and statesman) was a busker of sorts. He composed songs, poetry and prose about the political situation of his time and went out in public to perform them. As he was busking, he would sell printed copies of them to the public. His father was not happy about his son’s...
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Buskers’ Game

August 28, 2010
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As a busker (street musician) I find this busking computer game amusing: it teaches buskers to avoid falling washing machines and chairs thrown at them by people living above their busking spot, who don’t enjoy the music: Hosted by Daily Free Games Share
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Why I Play Music on the Street

August 28, 2010
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Why I Play Music on the Street

Every now and then I come across poetry about busking – the art of performing on the street. Here is a poem by JIMMY ISAMBARD, who is an artist and musician living and busking in London, UK: Photographer: © Rachel S. Geylin Why I Play Music on the Street/Jimmy Isambard I’m a street musician,...
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I AM A BUSKER

June 16, 2010
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I AM A BUSKER

Every now and then I come across poetry about busking or about musical saw playing. This time a poem was sent to me. And not only was it sent to me, but it was writen especially with me in mind! I AM A BUSKER/Janina Jayme I AM A BUSKER..WITHIN MY HEART AND SOUL..TO BUSKER...
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Music Under New York Auditions – 2010

May 15, 2010
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Music Under New York Auditions – 2010

About 300 people who wish to perform in the NYC subway with a permit submitted an application to audition for Music Under New York. 69 of them passed the first stage of the audition and were chosen to audition live at Grand Sentral Station last week: The Doc Scanlon Trio played swing music on...
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The Busker

April 22, 2010
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The Busker

Every now and than I come across poetry about busking which speaks to me. Here is one such beautiful poem by Alice in Wonderland: The Busker/ Alice in Wonderland The world passes you by, Sit, as you sing, smiling, A life in each red gold tangled hair, The cobbles hard beneath you. Sit, as...
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