Gratitude and Joy

Day 119 – A Year of Gratitude and Joy – Street Music

The kid couldn’t have been more than nine or 10. Taping aluminum cans to his shoes, he and  his brother tap-danced for while his buddies played rudimentary instruments for the quickly assembling crowd. Just another evening in New Orleans, a town filled with musicians on every street corner playing everything from jazz to the blues.

“You don’t need a penny just to hang around
But if you’ve got a nickel, won’t you lay your money down?
Over on the corner there’s a happy noise
People come from all around to watch the magic boy”

Down on the Corner – by Creedence Clearwater revival

Street music is happy music, and I love to stop and listen. Too many people walk right by the singers, guitar players, and brass quarters sharing their talents with passers-by for the cost of a few dollars in their jars (or the purchase of a CD by the more sophisticated marketers). On a recent trip to Jerome, Arizona, a couple sang and played on a corner. I stood in the background, listening, while Judy and her friends shopped. I made sure to put a fin in their open guitar case when we made our way down the street.

Throw a buck in the case if you enjoy the music. (Photo courtesy:

And, of course, there are those times when street music is a little more organized, but still outdoors and it stirs something inside of you. 

Visiting your Alma Mater REQUIRES listening to the band. Fight on!

Sometimes, listening to more organized music gives me the same joy. Bar-hopping along Duval Street in Key West, you cannot help but stop in to Irish Kevin’s to hear the band … and all the drunken revelry that accompanies them!  

There was plenty of music amid the revelry in Key West.

In a more family friendly atmosphere, a “Brews, Blues, and Barbeque” event at a theme park brought me similar satisfaction.  Judy took the older grandkids and Stacy on the rides, while I hung out with a beer in one hand, while “dancing” with Dani in her stroller in the other to a fantastic blues band. I could have spent the whole day doing that. Dani is nearly five years older now, but for me, that will always be one of my favorite bonding experiences with her. I hope someday, she’ll enjoy the blues as much as I do!

We were all fresh and ready for the day.

There’s a whole world out there waiting to be explored. Stopping to listen to the music along the way is one of life’s truly great pleasures. 

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