East Side Access

November 4, 2010
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East Side Access

On the subway train, travelling to my Music Under New York busking spot of the day, the guy I sat next to saw the sign on my busking cart (which advertises my CD and said: “You should sell t-shirts with that on”. Turns out he is a track safety...
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A Bracelet and a Dollar Shirt

October 31, 2010
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A Bracelet and a Dollar Shirt

While I was busking at the 14th street subway station, a lady gave me a yellow bracelet made of very soft rubber. The bracelet was shaped like a saw! She said she found it at the bottom of a pool, together with two other similar bracelets in different shapes...
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Playing Musical Saw for an FIT Drawing Class

October 23, 2010
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Playing Musical Saw for an FIT Drawing Class

I love working with artists of different disciplines. The cross inspiration is magical. I was very fortunate to be invited back to work at FIT (Fashion Institute of Technology) as a musical saw playing model. A few years ago artist and teacher Heidi Younger invited me to model for...
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X-Pickpocket Girl

October 19, 2010
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X-Pickpocket Girl

While I busked at the Grand Central Station’s Shuttle to Time Square the girl who used to be a pickpocket in the subway came to say ‘hi’. I haven’t seen her in a long time. She now has beautiful blond hair. She told me that she is back to...
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A Dancer, a Musician and a Film Maker

October 12, 2010
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A Dancer, a Musician and a Film Maker

While busking at the 14th street subway station, a lady named Mary told me that inspired by my musical saw playing, she found a saw. It’s an old saw, maybe from the 1930’s, with a nice carved handle. Her mother has it. She told her mother that she wants...
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Nobody Feels Like Being on Time on Monday

October 1, 2010
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Nobody Feels Like Being on Time on Monday

As I was riding the subway train on my way to busking in the subway, three guys singing ‘This Little Light of Mine’ said ‘hi’ to me as they transferred to the next car. One of them told me that he’s trying to battle a cold, and he’s singing...
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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...
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Musical Clothes

September 26, 2010
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Musical Clothes

While busking at the 14th street subway station, a man from the Ukraine asked me about the musical saw. After I explained how the musical saw works, he asked me: “Do the clothes you wear affect the sound? If you wear different clothes, does a different quality of sound...
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I Don’t Believe in Miracles – I Rely on Them

September 21, 2010
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I Don’t Believe in Miracles – I Rely on Them

At the elevated subway station a lady who walked down the stairs and was already on the street saw me approaching the subway stairs. She turned around and volunteered to help me bring my busking gear up the stairs, even though she was going in the opposite direction. First...
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Boiler Room Job

September 18, 2010
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Boiler Room Job

On my way to busking at the Staten Island Ferry Terminal, a blue eyed guy offered to take my busking gear up the four flights of stairs, all by himself. Usually I hold one end and the volunteer holds the other. But he just lifted the whole thing by...
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Deserted Circus Music

September 15, 2010
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Deserted Circus Music

Busking at the St. George ferry terminal in Staten Island is something I do only once a month, because getting a busking permit there is very difficult. The tall gentleman who has been doing the Central Park Halloween gig with me for years (he plays Dracula while I play...
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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...
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Yes, It Shows

August 29, 2010
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Yes, It Shows

As I was waiting for Ron Gibbs to finish his music set at the 14th street subway station’s Music Under New York busking spot, a guy sat next to me on the bench. It was Arnold – the homeless guy whom I haven’t seen for a whole year! Turns...
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She Probably Doesn’t Remember Me

August 28, 2010
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She Probably Doesn’t Remember Me

Making my way to my busking spot in the subway, as I was climbing up the subway station’s stairs, an elderly gentleman who was going DOWN the stairs volunteered to reverse his steps and help me carry my busking gear up the stairs. He must have been at least...
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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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