|Love songs on the New York subway?|
In New York City, it’s unlikely that entertainment on the subway entertains. I am not referring to the lineup of talented performers that plays inside the subway stations. Most of the underground buskers make their living playing each and every day, and some of these subway musicians are part of the Music Under New York program and only admitted by audition. I am referring to random people who take their voices and sometimes untuned instruments onto the train to try and make a buck. New Yorkers rarely tip these people and usually hold their ears and sometimes their breath until they switch cars.
Bear in mind, too, that New Yorkers are always on a mission and hightailing it somewhere. Riding the subway is a means to an end. We just want to get where we’re going –– fast.
Now and then, however, someone jumps on the train, is refreshingly entertaining and makes a 15-minute subway ride feel like a few moments. This past Saturday, a trio boarded the #1, serenaded a packed car for several stops and engaged the crowd.
I was happy to drop cash into the gold money bag, which conveniently dangled from the guitar.
The first tune was their rendition of the Gerry Goffin and Carole King song, (originally recorded by the Shirelles) “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow.”
Usually, after a single song, the group would move onto another car or change trains, but they didn’t. They stayed on for another round, and this time with the Beatles’ hit, “All My Loving.”
The tall gentleman (to the singer’s right, and with his hand on the little girl’s shoulder) sat next to me after the second song. He held the wide-eyed child on his lap and continued to sweetly serenade her. It’s moments like these that make me love this city a little more.
I’ll write home every day
And I’ll send all my loving to you
All my loving I will send to you
All my loving, darling I’ll be true.”