Orchestra of One


These photos were taken on Saturday September 25, 2021 at 5:11 PM.


The location was at a small strip mall in Calverton, MD.


The "Take It!" Came as I pulled into a parking slot in the parking lot of a small mall in a neighboring community which I frequent.  


Even with all my car windows up - the music was at a high volume and pleasant enough with a strong violin as the featured instrument - that I thought "what a nice addition to the atmosphere at this mall." This sort of music is not usually heard in this neighborhood.


I got out of my car and realized I was hearing a live performance - and within a few steps was in view of the source.  Once again - I had encountered a single musician this time playing an Electric Violin accompanies with a recording of other instruments - all being played through a very large speaker set.  


I put a five dollar bill into the open cloth reusable shopping bag - the musician had set out beside himself on the ground.  He also had a hand lettered sign stating that he was playing to get funding for his family.  I waited for his song to finish - and asked if I could take his picture - to which he readily agreed. I asked where his electric violin had been made. His answer was that it had been made in Germany. He thanked me for my donation - and moved into his next song.  


His music was wonderful - and him - well rewarded for his presentation, as I saw a few twenty dollar bills in the mix, in his bag.


Even though it is Fall - the temperatures are still in the high 70's - so I hope there will be still a few more days to hear this kind of outside live music - which is an unexpected joy.


Hope everyone is enjoying this Fall weather.


All my best,

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Comments: 5
  • #1

    MHampy (Monday, 15 November 2021 00:26)

    Wow, another street musician. You seem to get quite a few of those in your area.

  • #2

    SF1967 (Monday, 15 November 2021 00:27)

    I suppose you can tell people you support the local arts lol.

  • #3

    Jim (Monday, 15 November 2021 00:27)

    Today I learned there was such a thing as an electric violin.

  • #4

    Sally (Monday, 15 November 2021 00:29)

    Our youngest daughter just started taking piano lessons a couple months ago. I am now thinking we should have picked a cheaper, and more mobile, instrument.

  • #5

    GpaJake (Monday, 15 November 2021 00:30)

    Poor guy, out there to support his family. At least he is showcasing a skill rather than simply asking for money.