But the behavior of one demographic remained absolutely consistent. Every single time a child walked past, he or she tried to stop and watch. And every single time, a parent scooted the kid away.

I like to think I’d listen. I really think I would. But of course what musician wouldn’t say the same? (But yes, I’ve stopped to listen to street musicians before, and yes, I’ve thrown $$ in the cases.) Besides, many think I’m rather immature and childish, so maybe that would guarantee I’d stop? Hmmm.

So read this article and enjoy. Think. Would you stop? Would you listen?


  1. Darlene Marshall

    I do stop and listen, to the steel drum guys and the Native American flute player, to the violinists and sax players in the New York subway stations.  I have even stopped to listen to a guy playing an amazing array of plastic buckets in Philadelphia.  If they are at all halfway decent I give them some money.  If  I didn’t have such an weather-unworthy instrument, I might give it a try myself!

  2. Patricia Mitchell

    Heh. I figure maybe that will be my future; and people can choose to pay me to play or … maybe? … pay me to STOP! 😉