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Video From Union Square

February 5, 2010
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This video was taken last month while I was busking at the Union Square subway station in Manhattan: (turn off the music player on the right hand side bar before viewing the video) Thank you Jennie Block for the video! Share
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Pass the Hat

January 25, 2010
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Pass the Hat

Every now and then I come across poems about busking. I really like this one: Photographer: © Nicholas Loomis Pass The Hat/DubbleX You stand in hot uncomfortable noisy subways Underneath the city Musical notes intermingled with your passing jingle Dollar bills and spare change find their way into your hat You play and play...
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The Busker

May 17, 2009
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The Busker

Every now and then I chance upon a poem about busking. Here is one from littlenedved, a 21 year old poet from Australia: THE BUSKER Central Station 8am The busker sits and plays his tune I close my eyes… i carries me, beyond the stars beyond the moon hes a modern bard guitar case...
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Busker Haiku

March 25, 2009
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Busker Haiku

From time to time I chance across poetry that has to do with busking. Here is a nice haiku poem by Matt: finding the tune his master lost a busker’s dog © Matt © Heidi Younger Sketch for painting of ‘Saw Lady’ busking by Heidi Younger Share
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New Angels

October 21, 2008
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New Angels

The NYC busker community has lost a dear friend: Arturo Flores from Peru, who played Andean wind instruments with a few bands in the subway, was killed by a drunk driver in Astoria. I am so sad. I lift up my eyes to the sky above Astoria and I think I can hear Arturo’s...
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The Busker (poem)

October 9, 2008
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The Busker (poem)

~The Busker~ Softly strumming, lost in Song Heedless of the Passing Throng… Seemed to me his distant gaze Sought the Hope of better days. Undernourished , poorly dressed.. Life had dealt him second ..best .. Threading chords , he charmed the Air … In the busy Subway .. where.. Now and then .. a...
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Smiling Poles

August 31, 2008
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Smiling Poles

My father was born in Poland. When he was 17 years old his entire family was murdered. He was the only survivor. At 17 my father left Poland and hasn’t been back since. He is 85 years old. Every now and then I asked him if he wanted to go visit his childhood home,...
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Please Vote for Me

August 16, 2008
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Thanks to all the wonderful people who voted for me in the previous round – I made it to the next stage in the reality TV show I am participating in: ‘NYC Soundtracks’. This is a TV show about NYC subway musicians, but it’s in the form of a competition. The winner gets to...
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I’m on reality TV – please vote for me TONIGHT

August 10, 2008
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I’m on reality TV – please vote for me TONIGHT

Dear friends, I’m on a reality TV show about subway musicians. The winner gets to perform at Madison Square Garden! Please vote for me – your help would be greatly appreciated. When: any time starting TONIGHT at 8:30pm – for 24 hours (until Monday night). where: http://msg.com/soundtracks/saw-lady.html Photo: Chad Batka I was told that...
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Subway Musician Comic Strip

July 12, 2008
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Subway Musician Comic Strip

Every now and then I come across a painting or a poem about a subway musician. But how about a comic strip? copyright Derek Lieu, “Kick in the Head” blog, printed with permission Cartoon artist Derek Lieu says in his “Kick in the Head” blog in the post about this comic strip: “I’m thinking...
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