February 1, 2014
Who inspired today's broken heart song?
A young man who got dumped by his boyfriend who he had been dating for about a year. For their anniversary, he bought him a ring from Tiffany & Co. The boyfriend didn't get him anything. The young man found out his grandmother was dying, and the boyfriend decided to break up with him the same day. Five days later, the boyfriend was dating the young man's best friend.
When I read this person's story, I immediately kept hearing Cee Lo Green's, "Fuck You" in my head. Jay and I have covered that song together before, and so I thought it would be fun to create a little mash up of that song and the one I wrote. I had fun both writing and singing this one.
Where did you play?
I had the pleasure of being accompanied by the talented Jason Schneider of Jet Black Sunrise again this afternoon. We performing at Union Square station, but actually just ended up playing on a bench in Union Square Park. It was a rare, warmer winter day so we had to enjoy it.
How much did you earn?
$0. We decided not to open our instrument case for money today, and I was quite happy about that.
Did anything unusual happen?
While I was waiting for Jay, I saw a knife stashed in the bushes next to me. That was odd and scary.
There was a man giving out free hugs who wouldn't stop bothering us. The fact that I kept refusing free hugs seemed to make him keep coming back. He was very persistent. He gave Jay a quarter that Jay later passed on to a violinist performing in the subway station.
There were a group of hippies performing nearby. One was dancing around with a cloth on his head, flailing his arms in the air. People keep telling me I'm brave for doing what I'm doing. But really, that guy is the epitome of brave.
Did you meet anyone interesting?
Just the free hug guy. He made me take a photo of him, so I figured I'd post it in today's blog. It's too bad he'll never know because I'm sure he'd be really excited.
What's the best advice you received from a stranger?
No advice today, although my advice to myself is to follow the rules. We jumped a fence to get into the grassy area of the park in attempt to shoot a pretty video, but turns out it was extremely muddy. Turns out there's a reason to the madness of signs that say, "Do Not Enter."
How are you feeling?
Relaxed, actually. I'm glad we decided not to busk today, and just sang on the park bench instead. I think I really needed something more chill and laid back. It's always nice performing with someone else. We had an intense chat about broken hearts (more song fuel, haha), and enjoyed the sunny day. I'm looking forward to my day off tomorrow, and seeing what songs next week will bring.
Thank you for all your sincere and kind words in response to this project. You should know that your support is really keeping me going, especially on the more challenging days. I'm also going to be in need of more stories soon, so please keep them coming!
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