An anecdote about making music on the street

On my way back from the supermarket around the corner just now, I saw a girl on the sidewalk of about 7 years old, who was standing there with a brightly-colored toy keyboard around her neck and what was probably her brother next to her.

As I passed them, the girl politely asked me if I was interested in making a deal with her. She would play a song on her keyboard for me: If I liked it, I could make a contribution of 50 cents towards piano lessons for her. If I didn’t like it, I didn’t need to give anything. (In case I didn’t understand her, or forgot what I was doing or why I was there later, the whole deal was summarized on a piece of paper held up by her brother.)

I accepted her offer. She then explained that she was playing everything herself except for the drum track. Then she played her song, holding the keyboard upside down. I kinda liked it, but then I listen to some weird music. I don’t want to denigrate the musical skills of a 7 year old, but I could tell why she wanted lessons. Still, it could have been a lot worse – she could have been playing a violin, for instance.

When I said I liked it and gave her a Euro (a whole Euro), she shyly pointed out that I only needed to give 50 cents.

All together now: awwwwwwww.

In related news: the Washington Post asked one of the top violinists in the world to play his Stradivarius in a metro station in Washington DC during rush hour, to see if people would react. You can read about it here (article via Kottke).

Comments 4

  1. tobe wrote:

    So, did you get change for that 1€? ;)

    Posted 11 Apr 2007 at 1:19
  2. Jurie Horneman wrote:

    Bwaha! No. Neither did I point out she was going to need a lot of lessons.

    Posted 11 Apr 2007 at 1:46
  3. Chris Wells wrote:

    Sounds like another scam involving eastern european slave trading. No wonder she only wanted 50 cents (probably doesn’t get any of it)! Cute nonetheless.

    PS. do you have a xbl gamertag?

    Posted 11 Apr 2007 at 8:03
  4. Jurie Horneman wrote:

    This was all pretty wholesome. Or maybe the techniques have gotten better. This was in the Czerningasse by the way.

    My Xbox Live gamertag is CousinDupree, because a) I like Steely Dan, and b) Xbox Live is a godforsaken bureaucratic nightmare from hell, and wouldn’t allow me to use my stale Xbox 1 Live tag (Godwhacker, also a Steely Dan reference) on the Xbox 360. Bah! I have only turned on my Xbox 360 once in the last 6 months or so though…

    Posted 11 Apr 2007 at 10:46