Walking through Grand Central's Graybar corridor I met Music Under NY violinist Luellen Abdoo. I asked her what inspires her. Music and people. Here's her world premiere of a new composition "Luango" by composer Joe Gianono. There's lovely work being performed in public spaces, you just have to go out and find it.
I met Menachea at Columbus Circle, her enthusiasm for what I was doing made her stop and chat. I'm happy I asked what inspired her. Her answer was quick off the top of her head and spot on. "music, life, service and the earth." Listen to her reasons why.
Life of a subway performer continued. Clowns in NYC subway March 18, 2011
Arriving at my scheduled spot to perform in Times SQuare, William Ruiz the amazing native american tongue drummer and percussionist was still performing. As he was playing along passed clowns Dolly Dimples, (Sacramento CA) and Sparky The Clown, (Lake of The Ozarks, MO aka Jackie Newton) on their way to the 2011 World Clown Convention What inspires Dolly and Sparky? "Smiling...we have to learn to laugh at ourselves." "My grandson, and dogs..."
Who says the subway isn't full of fun and fascinating people. For musicians, it's our office so we hang and chat. Water cooler chat subway style.
Playwright James Sheldon stopped to chat with NYCSubwayGirl at the Grand Central Shuttle stop. What inspires James? "music, ocean, numbers, good wine."
Today I returned to LIRR after a longer than usual winter break due to the snow and cold. It was great to be back. People in this location are always full of inspirations. Here's some that I captured on video.
What inspires Kayra and Erica "not have to go to a job I hate every morning," and "Life struggles."
What Inspires Karim? "Seeing beauty in the small things we take for granted."
What Inspires Anita? Not to miss her train. To be a comedian, laughter and her Mother.
What Inspires Nancy? Pure and simple, "Music and Love."
Singing at Staten Island ferry termial NYCSubwayGirl chatted with musician OMNIA. What's her Inspiration? The people that commute, the dedication and obligation to take 2 trains and a boat. Making ends meet.
NYCSubwayGirl chatted with Frank at LIRR (Long Island Railroad). What Inspires Frank? His daughter Searra!
Brazilian student Rafael interviewed me at 34th Street station for his Brooklyn College radio piece on Music Under New York artists.
What Inspires Rafael Sucena? "Music, family...his girlfriend ...and people that want to learn."