Okay, we're headed into New York City today and specifically to the corner of 53rd St and 6th Ave where if you listen really closely you can probably still hear Moondog playing his trimba. Um, what? Moondog was born Louis Hardin in Kansas in 1916, was blinded in his teens during a farming accident and died in Germany in 1999 but he spent about thirty years busking in NYC, dressed like Thor. He had some pretty high profile fans, among them Benny Goodman and Phillip Glass, and has been covered by Julie Andrews and Janis Joplin. He invented a few instruments, too, including the trimba, the oo and the oo-ya-tsu and he composed things like his gorgeous "Ode to Venus."
Moondog may be gone but his spirit of playfulness lives on in a couple of blue headed guys. Make that three blue headed guys. Blue Man Group came together in Manhattan in the late 80s and if you haven't seen this show please please please do. From making crazy PVC pipe instruments (leading to their Invent An Instrument YouTube contest) to founding the Blue School it's a Blue Man's world. Okay, maybe not yet, but they could totally take over as far as I'm concerned. They appeared with fellow New Yorker Moby and Philadelphia's Jill Scott on the Grammys in 2001 to perform Moby's "Natural Blues."
I think I'm going to call bccmee to meet me for coffee at this little shop over here and we'll get going again tomorrow. Hmm, there's so much to look at here, where should we go next? See you soon!