Star Trek


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A couple of weeks ago film maker Michael Tapp posted a video he took of me playing the theme song of ‘Star Trek’, the TV show, at the Union Square subway station.
Within a few hours more than 11,000 people viewed it. By now more than 267,000 have watched it.
I was once told that ‘Star Trek’ fans are the most loyal. I now got to experience it first hand.

Please turn off the player on the right hand column before playing the ‘Star Trek’ video:

Many ‘Star Trek’ fan blogs discussed this video and some even gave my photo a ‘Star Trek’ make-over :)

Star Trek - musical saw

Star Trek - musical saw - subway musician

Thank you, Michael, for making this happen!
Check out film maker Michael Tapp’s blog – he has some amazing videos and photos of subway musicians.

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4 Responses to Star Trek

  1. Dale on April 1, 2011 at 9:28 pm

    I ran across your blog and had a question. I understand that you need a MUNY permit to play in the MUNY locations and that no amplification is allowed on the platforms. What I’m wondering is if busking is licensed in the other subway locations? I would love to try my hand at busking (being recently retired) and am working up a persona and act. While my instrument of choice isn’t as exotic as yours (I play concertina) I feel it can be unique enough to get a pause from the crowd.

    I do enjoy your blog and have listed it in my favorites to check back in.

    • The Saw Lady on April 1, 2011 at 9:51 pm

      Hi Dale,

      Thank you for your kind words about my blog!

      It is allowed to play in the subway without a MUNY permit.
      Nobody (including MUNY musicians) is allowed to use amplification on platforms. People do it, but it’s at their own risk.
      If you play at a MUNY location, you must surrender the spot immediately when a permitted musician arrives.
      Don’t set up on any musician (permitted or not) – give other musicians respect for their space by making sure you don’t set up within their ear-shot.

      I hope this helps.

      I am looking forward to seeing you in the subway. I think a concertina is very cool. If you see me in the subway – come and say ‘hi’.

  2. Juan Esteban on April 3, 2011 at 10:59 am

    Love how you play play it and im quite amazed. ive seen your web page, you should make it better, im a graffic designer. dont worry im not looking for money just trying to make things right and more interesting, maybe i could make a web page for you and if you like it, you can have it, im an italian ecuadorian student in madrid. i play the violin and your music enchants me!

    • The Saw Lady on April 3, 2011 at 11:21 pm

      H Juan,

      Thank you very much for your kind words and for your kind offer! We have telepathy – just this past week I started working on a new design for my website! I built my website in the 1990’s and except for the home page which was redone a couple of years ago, everything else has not changed since… I hope to have my new design up soon – I hope you will like it.
      I was in Madrid many years ago, when I was 5 years old… I hope to visit there again some time.
      Thank you again for your kindness!
      all the best,
      Natalia

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