Last Tuesday, I was heading back from the Bar 4 open mic with my friends Jasper and Teppei. Jasper is a singer-songwriter who moved here around the same time I did, and we see each other at open mics weekly. We both met Teppei at Caffe Vivaldi open mic on Monday. Teppei is a Japanese singer/songwriter who currently lives in London, and came to NYC for a ten day adventure.
Jasper has this one song that everybody goes crazy for called “High Strung Poets” and since we were going to be on the train for a while (Brooklyn to Manhattan), I took my guitar out of its case, handed it to him, and asked him to play it. He obliged, and I sang harmony and started stomping my feet on the subway floor for a drumbeat. We were soon joined by the only other people on the train, who came over from where they were sitting on the other side of the car and joined the rhythm section.
What a joyful, unexpected, organic moment it was! And unbeknownst to me or Jasper, Teppei was filming the entire thing, so here it is, a magical musical New York moment, captured for posterity.