Lost Child on the Train

May 21, 2010
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Lost Child on the Train

When I got to the Music Under New York busking spot at the Union Square subway station, Juan Castillo was playing pan-flute there. He told me that he had only been playing for two hours, since he had a hard time getting up this morning. He has been working...
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The Israeli Connection

May 20, 2010
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The Israeli Connection

When I arrived at the Music Under New York busking spot at the 34th street subway station, an Andean pan-flute player has been playing there for two hours. Tomorrow he has a booth at a street fair where he sells Andean clothings. He is worried that it might rain...
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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...
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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...
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Largest Gypsy Gathering in the World

March 24, 2010
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Largest Gypsy Gathering in the World

As I was setting my busking gear up at the Music Under New York spot at the Union Square subway station, Jinn, the lady who busks around the world singing and playing a keyboard hooked up to a laptop computer, was looking for a spot to busk. She asked...
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You Can Hear Their Screams

March 4, 2010
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You Can Hear Their Screams

Today I had a permit to busk at the 14th street subway station. A couple from Australia bought my CD. They said they heard the musical saw in Australia and that they are going to start a fan club for me there A lady said: “It sounds like Heaven”....
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This is New York

March 2, 2010
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This is New York

A man sitting on the stairs leading to the subway station was smoking a cigarette. He offered to help me bring my busking gear up the stairs “as long as it’s not a baby”, he said. At the top of the first flight of stairs he fell to the...
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He Needed It More

February 27, 2010
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He Needed It More

At the subway station MTA personnel were working on the station, clearing the walls and hanging up new subway maps. They recognized me as I passed by. “Hey, it’s ‘Saw Lady'”, one of them said. They told me that they will be at the Times Square subway station on...
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The Day is Better

February 25, 2010
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The Day is Better

On my way to my Music Under New York busking spot at the Grand Central Station’s Shuttle, I passed by Scout, the rhythm and blues/pop/jazz singer who goes by the name Eunique. He was busking at Times Square. A lady, upon giving me a donation, said: “What can I...
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Fashion Week

February 23, 2010
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Fashion Week

Many people think that buskers (street performers) only perform on the streets and subways. In reality, busking is only a part of every street musician’s career. Last week I played at the NYC Fashion Week, for designer Yeohlee’s runway show: (please stop the player on the right hand side...
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You See Me Here All the Time

February 21, 2010
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You See Me Here All the Time

A nice couple helped me bring my busking gear up the stairs at the subway station. Turns out he is a bass player and she is my friend on MySpace! As I was setting up at the 59th street subway station, a Norteno musician was waiting for the train,...
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Do the Cartoon Sound

February 17, 2010
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Do the Cartoon Sound

While waiting for the train at the subway station, I noticed seven big white panels on the floor, laying against the wall of the opposite platform. It looks like maybe the MTA is preparing to have ads on the walls of the station. It’s about time. At the City...
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Mostly New Yorkers

February 14, 2010
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Mostly New Yorkers

I was suffering from lower back pain for the first time ever. Somehow a bone moved out of place in my pelvis and I had to skip two busking permits on account of being in too much pain. Normally I drag my busking gear up and down staircases in...
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Aching Soul

February 10, 2010
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Aching Soul

At the Music Under New York busking spot at the 34th street subway station an Andean flute player was playing. He has been there since 10am. He only plays in the subway on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. The rest of the days he sells Ecuadorian stuff, like bracelets, sweaters,...
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Snakes Don’t Like Vibrations

February 6, 2010
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Snakes Don’t Like Vibrations

There were a lot of people waiting for the Staten Island ferry on the Manhattan side. A policeman with a dog checked out my busking gear. “Are you playing at this side today?” the cop asked me. “No”, I answered, “on the other side”. I was happy that he...
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