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posted by [personal profile] bethofalltrades at 02:52am on 06/03/2009
At 2AM on a thursday I stood at one end of a subway platform. Off in the distance I heard a few familiar chords.

I walked toward them. Halfway down, I found a four piece band playing "Free Fallin'.". Guitar, drums, upright bass and accordian, all down there on the platform.

A middle-aged man in a yarmulka swayed gently to the music. A punk with a guitar strapped to his back played along on nothing but air. Two women came up and danced in front of the band. The accordian player laughed and cheered them on.

People on the platform across from us stopped to watch. The chorus came and the punk started singing. The women joined in almost instantly, followed by a well-dressed couple and a few stray, oddly-engaged hipsters. Moments later, a smile breaking across his face, the Jewish fellow's tentative baritone came in.

Followed momentarily by me.

"And I'm freeeeeeee... Free fallin'."

For a minute I had the New York City of hero movies... or, at least, I saw it. I must remember it is there all the time.

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posted by [identity profile] at 08:03am on 06/03/2009
That sounds beautiful. I miss the City.
posted by [identity profile] at 08:14am on 06/03/2009
thank you for sharing :)
posted by [identity profile] at 03:36pm on 06/03/2009
Oh yeah. It is. Trust me on that one.
posted by [identity profile] at 03:46pm on 06/03/2009
I love that city, so much. The moments like those ( that I had while I was tehre just totally rekindled my sense of wonder in humankind. Thank you for sharing this.
posted by [identity profile] at 05:30pm on 06/03/2009
I just read this allowed to my two girlfriends as we sit around drinking our morning coffee and talking about life. My friend Jessie said that you have a beautiful way of seeing the world and more people should take time to observe it like you do. I have to totally agree with her. We need to see the quiet beauty that is among us every day.
posted by [identity profile] at 06:28pm on 06/03/2009
Tom Petty brings us all together.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:35pm on 06/03/2009
I love how in love you are with your city.
posted by [identity profile] at 11:44pm on 06/03/2009
Very cute.

I think EVERY TIME I am in the subway somewhere I hear someone playing that song.
posted by [identity profile] at 02:05am on 07/03/2009
i had a couple of moments like that when i was visiting. it felt like a dream.
posted by [identity profile] at 03:50am on 09/03/2009
This is a beautiful story. I love those moments in life where you feel like you are in the middle of a scene in a movie. Thanks for sharing this.



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