Spirituality in the NYC Subway
At one moment when I busked at the Times Square subway I intended to stop my play-list and go back to the beginning. But before I was able to do so, ‘Moon River’ started to play, and I found myself playing it. I was thinking to myself: “why am I playing this song now? I don’t want to play it, I want to go back to the songs at the beginning of my play-list!”, and yet I kept playing “Moon River”. 1/2 way through the song, a lady with tears in her eyes came to me and told me: “This was my parent’s favorite song. My father died a year ago Tuesday, and my mother’s birthday would have been day after tomorrow”.
Then I understood why I found myself playing this song I didn’t really intend to play. Sometimes we are “angels”, meaning “messengers”. We do something that is meaningful to someone else – it’s for them, not for us. Most of the time we don’t even realize we are being used as “angels”.
While busking at the Union Square subway, as I was playing ‘Ave Maria’ a gentleman dressed in a suit & hat stopped to listen to me. After about a minute he took off his hat, pressed it to his chest, closed his eyes and started praying, facing me. It was a bit odd – it felt as if he was praying TO me… like I was the altar to which he was directing his prayer… The weirdness of it aside, I’m glad my music inspires people to connect with their spiritual side.
First time I got a coin from the Bahamas in my busking “hat”!
Thank you to the kind person who put it there. I keep all the foreign currency I get, in the intention of using it when I visit the countries they came from.