Monday, July 20, 2009

'Giant steps are what you take..'

Forty years ago today, I huddled into the projection room at Harding Memorial Primary School in Belfast with a hundred other kids to see television pictures of the Moon landing. Like children my age all over the world, I'm grateful to my teachers, who knew what was happening was important enough that we should all gather together to watch - and remember - history being made.


Tao Qi, a Chinese Bass-Baritone, has been singing for 25 years, and for seven years on the Subway. I've seen him before up and down the network, but I ran into him today at the MUNY spot on 34th Street, as he was singing 'Ave Maria'. His hands are as huge as his voice...


I was anxious to get back to playing today and ended up at East Broadway, the only subway station you can buy online. I like playing somewhere people don't really expect to hear music, and this is definitely one of those stations. It was relatively quiet, and the people - including the cops - were good natured.

I played for an hour and fifteen minutes and made $1.12. Running total for this charity is now an even $62. I had fun playing today. It's good to be back.

I played one song today for the first time during this project. It's highlighted. It's one of my very favorite songs, but I don't play it that often and I can understand why it took its writers so long to play it in public.

Today's songlist:

Knockin' On Heaven's Door - Bob Dylan
New York, New York - Ryan Adams
Walking In Memphis - Marc Cohn
Waiting For My Real Life To Begin - Colin Hay
People Get Ready - Curtis Mayfield
Long Walk Home - Bruce Springsteen
Drift Away - Dobie Gray
Peace Love And Understanding - Elvis Costello
American Girl - Tom Petty
Rachel - Buddy and Julie Miller
Drive South - John Hiatt
Nothing But The Same Old Story - Paul Brady
Tonight Will Be Fine - Leonard Cohen/Teddy Thompson
Secret Garden - Bruce Springsteen
Keep It Loose, Keep It Tight - Amos Lee


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