Saw Lady for President
When I arrived at the Music Under New York (MUNY) spot at the Times Square subway station Moses was freelancing there. His wife suffers from some form of dementia and he is taking care of her. He told me that he finally got a care-taker to come, so he can be free to leave the house. Busking cleanses his mind. He was looking to play until 2pm today, so he will look for another spot.
Dan Stevens, wearing a French barrette and carrying a guitar & amp introduced himself to me. He is a newbie in MUNY. He asked me for busking tips so I said “eye contact”. We talked about how impossible it is to keep up with MySpace/Facebook, etc. “I feel like I need a secretary” I said, “to keep up with all the web activity”.
Dan: “People ask me to be on FaceBook but I say ‘No’ – I can’t, MySpace is hard enough to keep up with”. I agree – how do people keep a life on both? It’s a full time job!
Dan comes all the way from Connecticut to play in the NYC subway!
A guy dressed in yellow, working for City Lights Tours, told me he is from Ghana. He asked if the MTA brought me from Israel to play in the subway…
A new sanitation guy swept the floor.
The acrobat without legs set up to do his show on the other side of the mezzanine. I was alerted to his existence by the sound of his toy harmonica.
The guy who walks with a cane and sings on the train came to say ‘hi’.
Saw Lady: “I haven’t seen you in a while”.
Singer: “I’m taking it easy. I’ve seen you on TV. I’ve seen myself on TV, too”.
I think he was talking about the MSG show. If I had a dime for every re-run of this show…
Three Nortenos in white hats with two guitars and one huge guitar waved to me on their way to the Shuttle.
The guy with a big cross on his neck, whom I see from time to time in the subway, asked me if he looks like he gained weight. I said “no, you look like you LOST weight!” He said he is trying to lose weight, so he was happy with my observation.
Another guy I see from time to time asked me if I vote. “I hope you vote for who I vote for” he said. He then asked me: “Do you wish you could be a political figure? It would have been good if we could vote for you. Having you as president of the country would have been Good:.
Saw Lady: “I don’t think I would want to be president”.
Guy: “You’ll be rich and famous”.
Saw Lady: “Yes, that’s the good part. The bad part is you have to make all the decisions. And did you notice how quickly the hair of presidents becomes grey?”
The girl who used to be a pick-pocket (and switched to singing on the train) showed me her new ring – she got engaged. Her hair grew longer since I last saw her. Getting married was her dream. I’m happy for her.
The noise coming out of the record store next to the busking spot became really loud after the store owner left.
Delphin Tardio, the guitar player/singer came to play at the spot after me. He told me that when he played at this spot before, the store sent the police on him. He explained to the police that because the store is loud he has to turn up his volume. The police agreed with him and went into the store to make the store turn down their volume. After the police left, the store owner came to talk with Delphin: “Why did you send the police on me?” the store owner asked. That was a funny reversal of the situation.
Delphin told me of a new busking spot which Alex (little “Michael Jackson”) started, on the way to the Q train on the other side of the station. It’s a good spot, Delphin said.