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Just Like Marlene Dietrich

June 30, 2016
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Just Like Marlene Dietrich

They say if you sit in one place long enough in the NYC subway, eventually everyone will pass by you. Today it felt true: I just started my day busking at the 34th street subway station. A man came over, put a dollar in my donations’ bucket and said: “my grandmother played the musical...
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Three Musical Saw Players in One Family

April 12, 2012
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Three Musical Saw Players in One Family

On the train on my way to busking in the subway, three singers busking on the train said ‘hi’ to me. I told them that I’ll be busking at the 34th street subway station today. They said they will listen for me as they change train cars there throughout the day. When I got...
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Is That Made of Cat Intestine?

February 25, 2011
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Is That Made of Cat Intestine?

When busking at the St George ferry terminal in NYC I know to go directly to the guard with the bomb-sniffing dog first, before venturing further into he space. If you don’t do it and you have a large bag – they’ll chase you. The dog, Tailor, was lounging on the floor. “Sorry to...
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My Grandad and His Musical Saw

February 19, 2011
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My Grandad and His Musical Saw

Every now and then I come across poems about the musical saw. It gives me great pleasure to share with you this poem, written by Mark Abraham, a Manchester based poet, whose work is regularly featured in publications across England and Wales. Mark wrote this poem about his grandfather, George Bromwich, who played the...
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20 People Together is a Lot

January 17, 2011
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20 People Together is a Lot

As I waited for the subway train to take me to my busking spot at 34th street, there were MTA workers taking a break on the platform. One leaned a ladder against the wall. Then I saw what they were doing – new white speakers were placed by the ceiling every 10 feet. This...
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Was There a Musical Saw Player in the Subway in 1905?

January 7, 2011
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As I entered the subway station a gentleman said ‘hi’ to me and mimed as if he was playing the musical saw, to indicate that he knows who I am. While I was setting up my busking gear two guys sitting on the bench came to ask me what musical instrument I play. A...
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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 with a soar throat. “Drink...
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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 come out of the saw?”...
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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 70 years old. He then...
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Playing for Pocket Change

July 26, 2010
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When I was playing at the Music Under New Yorkbusking spot at 59th street & Lex subway station, Mark and Michael of ‘Suddenly Tragic Productions’ stopped by to chat with me. They asked me a lot of questions. Of course I knew they were filming, but what I didn’t know at the time was...
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