I love this guest post by musician Natalia Paruz, who calls herself the “Saw Lady”:
I am a busker who plays the musical saw in the New York City subway.
One day I played at Times Square. A small crowd of people gathered around me. On my right side a blind man stood to listen. On my left side was a lady who had nothing to do with the blind man, also listening. The blind man really enjoyed my music – his face lit up and he was swaying with pleasure. The lady on my left noticed his joy. She came over to me, purchased one of my CDs, went over to the blind man, put the CD in his hand and said: “This is the music you are hearing now. This is for you.”
I was amazed and surprised at the fact that my music was the cause for such a great act of kindness between total strangers – the lady spent her own money to buy a gift for a total stranger, just because she noticed his joy! The fact that music can unite people is a small miracle I have the honor of observing every day. It’s wild. It’s beautiful. It’s addictive
Today’s miracle: Music is a language that can unite everyone, regardless of what usually keeps us apart.
You can find Natalia at http://www.SawLady.com and hear her in action at http://youtu.be/DvaH9eaj4n4. She performed with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Zubin Mehta, the Westchester Philharmonic Orchestra, Royal Air Moroccan Symphony Orchestra, Riverside Orchestra, Amor Artis Orchestra, Manhattan Chamber Orchestra & at Lincoln Center with PDQ Bach and with the Little Orchestra Society. 2007 marked her Carnegie Hall debut and 2008 marked her Madison Square Garden debut.