May 10, 2014

It’s no secret that I love photography. I like to look at the world through the lens of a camera, click the shutter and make time stand still. I have over 44,000 digital photos loaded in my computer. And there are quite a few 35 MM photos stashed in cupboard boxes in the hallway. My husband and I have both inherited photos from our parents and that adds to the collection. I’ve converted some of those photos into a digital format, but it’s a major project and I just hope that I get it done before the photos start to deteriorate.

I’d like to share with you a small selection from my musician and street entertainer collection.

I titled this photo “Solo”.

The streets of New York are alive with musicians, young, old, and one look at this guy dressed in these fancy shoes and you know he’s hip.

NYC has a program that allows musicians to perform in the Subway System. This is a photo of an electric violin player from a group called “Ebony Hillbillies” and they were wailing away.

Then there are the musicians who, with or without approval, drag instruments onto the subway platforms and start playing.

This is a popular location in Pen Station for the musicians to perform.

There is a platform in the Union Square Station that frequently hosts larger groups of entertainers. The acoustics are fantastic down here and it’s often difficult to tell where the music is coming from. Some days you just have to look up.

Street entertainers are universal. I saw this group of gypsies in Prague. What fun to see these fantastic musicians, and the two young ladies in their costumes keeping up with the tunes and having a great time.

This little boy was mesmerized by a cello player in an arch near the Louvre in Paris.

There’s no telling what you’ll discover if you keep your ears perked for subway and street music. I think this is one of the best blues singer and musician I have ever heard. His equipment was well worn and held together with duct tape. But this man rocked, and his music could be heard over the noisy trains.

This was my latest encounter with a subway/street musician, a grandfatherly looking man playing his steel drum accompanied by a CD of John Lennon’s tune, ‘Imagine’.

Let me know if you want to see more of this collection. But in another day, I’ll be off to Washington State and I’ll most likely  come back with a new batch of photos to download onto my computer.


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19 Responses to LET ME ENTERTAIN YOU

  1. Susan Kelso on May 10, 2014 at 6:04 pm

    YES, I always enjoy your photos. And, I know you will be taking more in Washington!

    • Pushing Time on May 10, 2014 at 6:06 pm

      Yep, won’t be long now!! We just had a hurricane like rain storm that lasted less than 20 minutes. Now the sun is out and the air is fresh. Go figure. You with snow so late in the season. Let’s get to Vancouver and sit on the back porch with a glass of wine.

  2. Riva Danzig on May 10, 2014 at 6:06 pm

    Yes Please! More Pix. Thanks for posting, Marge!

    • Pushing Time on May 10, 2014 at 6:08 pm

      Ah, Riva, thanks for commenting. More photos will be on the way.

  3. thelma straw on May 10, 2014 at 7:32 pm

    Totally fabulous, and what a gift you have in this mileu!!!!!! Keep on and you’ll be in the Wash DC Halls of Fame!!!!! All best and hope you win the prizes you’d like! T. J. Straw

    • Pushing Time on May 10, 2014 at 8:24 pm

      Thank you Thelma for your gracious comment.

  4. Jeri on May 10, 2014 at 8:01 pm

    Love these musician photos – you can almost hear them! I can’t wait to see the photos from your trip – they all tell a story. Have a great time.

    • Pushing Time on May 10, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Thank you Jeri. I’m gland you like the stories that my photos tell.

  5. Susan Bernhardt on May 10, 2014 at 9:30 pm

    Margaret, I enjoyed this collection of photos. I would love to see more of your musicians.

    Thank you.

    • Pushing Time on May 10, 2014 at 9:50 pm

      Glad you liked the photos. I’ll post more of them in a couple of weeks. Thanks for stopping by and leaving a comment.

  6. Toddi/Claudia on May 11, 2014 at 2:25 pm

    As usual, you have capture the essence of New York and the people who live there.

    • Pushing Time on May 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm

      Thanks Toddi. See you soon!!

  7. Susan Sermoneta on May 11, 2014 at 3:58 pm

    Great idea to group the musician shots – the diversity makes them especially interesting.

    • Pushing Time on May 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm

      Thanks Susan!! The Musicians in this city are especially interesting. See you when I get back from Washington.

  8. Joyce Willis on May 11, 2014 at 8:07 pm

    Wonderful photos. Vivid. I could almost hear the music.

    • Pushing Time on May 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm

      Thanks Joyce for stopping by and leaving a comment. Glad you enjoyed my visual concert!!!

  9. thelma straw on May 16, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    Have a lovely time in Vancouver, and be sure to post for us pictures of your trip there. TJ Straw

    • Pushing Time on May 17, 2014 at 12:19 pm

      Yes, Thelma, I’m getting ready to post more about my trip later today.

  10. Eric Parker on May 22, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Excellent them and great shots – thanks Marge
    Have fun in Washington