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Here is a photo I recently made on a photography excursion. I had a main subject in mind, actually several, but shooting sunsets and bridges was not it. I was photographing street pianos. The point of this post is to be open to other possibilities and to fully take advantage of what is presented to us. I suppose I can keep this location my own little secret, but that would be mean. Also if you read my last entry I reveal where I was. This was made at the Brooklyn Bridge Park, and I highly encourage you to go there for a relaxing time. You can picnic, walk, talk, or like the man in the picture below did, just stop for a moment and take it all in.
Please see link above for full details of this art project. In short, there are currently over 60 pianos all over New York City that are free for the public to play. I happen to be lucky enough to live a few blocks from one of the "Play me I'm yours" pianos.
A few nights ago during an early evening walk I noticed music, but not the typical music that can be heard blasting out of cars in the neighborhood, this was classical music. After walking a little further I saw a small crowd gathered around a piano next to the Post Office. We instantly realized this was the music/art project we had recently heard about but had no idea it had begun or the fact that there was a free street piano in Jackson Heights. After returning home from our walk we could not get to our computers fast enough to do a little research on the street pianos that we came to find out were part of "Play me I'm yours."
The following day we ventured out to see the local piano but things did not go as planned. A blue tarp was covering the piano with a sign saying that it was temporarily out of order. We were hoping that it would be repaired soon. It was. After dinner we decided to see what the status of the piano was. I could not see the piano as I walked closer and closer on 37th Ave., but seeing the gathered crowd was enough to tell me that there would be music to listen to.
Quite a crowd had gathered and the older gentleman who played was a hit. Everyone standing around the piano was thoroughly enjoying the music. As you can see from the photo above, some people were making recordings of the impromptu mini-concertos on their cell phones and others like myself were photographing the event. It was refreshing to watch and listen to this older man play music and enjoy life.
Next up to the keys was a piano player/singer by the name of William Gati. He has been playing at a few different pianos and has also submitted videos of himself to the "Play me I’m yours" website. Since there seemed to be a lack of fellow piano players willing to play that evening, William Gati continued to entertain the crowd.
Young, old, locals, tourists, and everything in between made up the audience this evening.
Eventually a mother and daughter took a seat on the piano to play a lovely duet.
To be continued...