Buskers, New York City
Buskers.New York has thousands. So have many cities in the world. But I enjoyed the ones we saw on every street corner and subway station in New York. These performers are good-especially the musicians.We saw one young girl playing the saxophone like a pro in a subway, and we ended up missing a couple of trains, caught up in the magic. We were mesmerised by her talent. It is a sad fact that many of these buskers are never given the opportunity to expand their talents. They do,however, seem to get much pleasure from their chosen occupation. And that is exactly what it is. They busk so that they can live, eat and sleep. They are not beggers. Treat them respectfully, please.
Fondest memory: Standing underneath the city, listening to a cool jazz saxophonist. Playing for her supper.
Like many other large cities, NYC plays host to a plethora of street performers. These buskers are generally singing for their supper, so to speak. They'll perform their particular act and hope that you'll contribute a few dollars to the cause.
The talent level ranges from hideous to pretty good. The entertainment value, no matter how bad the performer, can be priceless. Remember, people WILL slow down to watch a train wreck. :)
Fondest memory: On my most recent visit to NYC, I got a chance to see the King of Rock and Roll, one Mr. Elvis Presley, in action. Elvis was all shook up and singing the blues over on the Worldwide Plaza, between West 49th and 50th streets.
OK, I suppose it's possible that this guy wasn't actually Elvis. But, don't tell him that. So, let's have a little less conversation and just listen to the music. : )