By Arielle Hixson, DC Music Live
While waiting for a train in Metro Center, I happened to come across a street musician in an unlikely place.
The “Unknown Pianist”plays familiar carousel-like tunes underground on weekends near the blue and orange line. The musician had a decked out piano while wearing a fitted straw hat. He is easily recognizable, but he chooses not to display his common name.
The Unknown Pianist may be demonstrating the common struggle that all street musicians go through. The typical street musician displays his talent to the public, but often fails to get sufficiently acknowledged for his hard work. Shy of a couple dollars, most commuters who pass by on the streets won’t know the musician further than “that guy who plays the saxophone on Wednesdays.”
So next time you hear a pleasing tune, or if you recognize the same talented street performer from before, maybe stop by and verbally acknowledge his work. Or, if you are available, try to engage yourself in conversation. You may find out a couple facts about this talented musician that may blow your mind.
See a street musician in your neighborhood? Let us know!