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(The New York Times)   It's a tough time to be a street musician with a 900-lb piano. It's just not a black-and-white world any more   ( divider line
    More: Obvious, Piano, Mr. Huggins, Colin Huggins, piano man of Washington Square Park, Steinway baby grand, late June, New York, window seat  
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2020-07-16 11:01:52 AM  
I'm going to dust off an old line and say "why don't you get a real job?"

Now I am usually against this argument, because it's usually meant to undermind low skill jobs as not being  worth a living wage. But the people in those jobs were hired by someone. This guy just goes around and essentially begs for money musically.  I'm not against street preformers, and they far better than just straight beggars, but the whole concept is still based on other's charity. One can not work harder as a street preformer and be guranteed more money.

Now if he was hired to preform places, that's whole new ball park. But right now it's not a real job, it's just a 900lb "spare change?" sign.
2020-07-16 12:32:20 PM  
The kids in the marching band in high school hated it when he screwed up which way to turn.
2020-07-16 1:19:10 PM  
"Most people follow the money, but I don't do that," he added. "I'm a street performer. I follow the emotional experience and the ability to give someone a powerful experience. It means I'm poor, but so what."

Having food to eat can be a powerful experience too.
2020-07-16 1:31:53 PM  
Black And White World
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2020-07-16 2:27:11 PM  
Oh, yeah.

I'll get right on feeling deep sympathy for the problems of the lifelong trust-fund kid so privileged he was allowed to make a "career" out of playing an instrument that literally consists of pushing a button to make a pre-defined note come out, without ever even learning any of the required secondary skills of actual musicians like arranging gigs.

Any minute now.  So much sympathy incoming.

// I will freely admit that I've had the luxury of falling back on family members to support me when unemployed and vice-versa, had decent enough employment situations that unemployment insurance applied, had an easier time picking up new jobs because I'm (a) educated to an above-average degree partially as the result of generational wealth even if I don't possess that wealth myself and (b) more easily able to pick up new employment by virtue of being white.  Privilege is great, you should all try it sometime.  Know what I don't do?  Have major newspapers republish my whining about how put-upon and mildly inconvenienced I am by the plague that's literally straight-up killing off a bunch of my fellow citizens.
2020-07-16 6:27:09 PM  
Frank Sinatra and Stevie Wonder Duet - SNL
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