Instant harmony on S-train

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11th May 2013, Saturday
 
S in S-train stands for “Shuttle.” The horizontal line runs 42nd street and takes me from Times Square to Grand Central only within a few minutes. In the afternoon I got on the S-train to go back to Times Square after cutting my hair at a salon in Midtown-East, and found there a man playing the guitar. Before the train starts, he lightly played his original song, and after that, as usual for train-performers, promoted his $5 album and called for donation. The train started, then he chose “Billie Jean” by Michael Jackson for our short run to Times Square. He played intro, mocking drums by his voice and playing a string line by his guitar. One guy on the same train said to him something (I couldn’t hear well though) and he replied casually, and then skipped several lines and jumped to the part “People always told me Be careful what you do” cos soon the train was arriving to the station. Most of the passengers looked enjoying his song and talk. Finally he sang “Don’t go around breaking young girls’ hearts” and said “everybody say!” “””Heee!””” we replied. “Thank you, thank you! Have a nice weekend!” We got off the train and he remained. I really love such an “instant harmony” in our daily Manhattan life.

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