I npr:

humansofnewyork:

I see this woman almost every time I go to Washington Square Park. She seems to take a daily lap around the park, stopping at every street performer and doling out a little appreciation.

A little kindness and encouragement can go a long way. — tanya b.

I saw that guy two days ago!

I npr:

humansofnewyork:

I see this woman almost every time I go to Washington Square Park. She seems to take a daily lap around the park, stopping at every street performer and doling out a little appreciation.

A little kindness and encouragement can go a long way. — tanya b.

I saw that guy two days ago!

(Source: humansofnewyork, via mphillipsmusic)

Last Night

I played for about two hours underneath the arch in Washington Square Park, but spent a lot of it just hanging out and talking.  I missed New York!  I ended up meeting and making friends with a girl from France and seeing someone again who I met last time I was here!  A group of very talented people set up their PA system towards the end of my set and we played a couple of songs together before I passed over the baton.  It was a really fun night.  And today is my birthday!

Gross earnings for the day: $79
Gross earnings so far: $2561

"Summertime" by George Gershwin.

Performed by me, Leah Taub, in Carytown.

Saturday night Richmond pt. 2

Played the first line at the Byrd and then tried at the second one.  Turned out there were few people there so I just sort of wandered down the street to the area where those two Frozen Yogurt places are right next to each other.  There’s a really nice spot with great acoustics in front of a rug place (why are there so many oriental rug places in Carytown?) so I played there for maybe thirty or forty-five minutes.  There exist some videos so I’ll post them.

I am/was feeling pretty low-energy for some reason and getting annoyed with a creep who was creepin’.  What else is new?  One thing I will enjoy returning to Chapel Hill is being less surrounded by creeps!  Anyway, it was still a nice evening and I really didn’t play all that long.  Probably about an hour and a half in total.  I need to get some good sleep and be somewhere with lots going on.  Us extraverts absorb energy from the outside world, and at least for me, I start losing energy after a long period of not a lot of engaging circumstances.

Gross earnings for the day: $98
Gross earnings so far: $2455

TUMBLR VISIT

Firstly, this:

That visit was so cool!  They fed me lunch and listened to me ramble about traveling stuff and gave me some stickers and buttons and had me play them two songs.  Their office is really cool and the decorations are totally cheeky and Tumblr-y.  They also gave me some social networking tips, which I really need because I am not good at that.  YET!!

Anyway, I have already used the word “cool” too many times but it WAS, indeed, cool. I’m not sure if they would like for me to post links to their personal blogs, but I got help from a few of them and one of them made those GIFs of me.  They also gave my information to a gallery participating in First Friday tonight, which is an art crawl in Richmond.  Because of that, I will only be performing for the second line this evening, because I will be playing in Quirk Gallery from around 5:30 or 6 to maybe around 9 PM.

YAAAAYYYY!!!

Crowd was pretty slim this evening

Perhaps because of the rain?  I thought that because it was a Thursday there would be more people there, but I guess not.  Played less than half an hour I’d say altogether because I stopped when there were not people around.  Last night, the theater made me move over to the vintage store, and today the vintage store made me move even further to the deli.  I guess I’ll just stick to that spot from now on.

Gross earnings for the day: $33
Gross earnings so far: $2324

Foreign money (and other special money-type things) I have received.  Some people suggest I turn it in for American money, but I consider it motivation to go to these places!
From the left:1. 5 Canadian quarters2. 1 Canadian dollar3. Bicentennial quarter (1976)4. A 2-Euro coin 5. 2 Malaysian 20 sen coins6. 1 10 pesos coin from Chile7. 1 Chinese yuan8. A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority fare token9. 1 Unknown coin, looks like Greek or Russian10. 20 Kronor bill from Sweden 

Foreign money (and other special money-type things) I have received.  Some people suggest I turn it in for American money, but I consider it motivation to go to these places!

From the left:
1. 5 Canadian quarters
2. 1 Canadian dollar
3. Bicentennial quarter (1976)
4. A 2-Euro coin 
5. 2 Malaysian 20 sen coins
6. 1 10 pesos coin from Chile
7. 1 Chinese yuan
8. A Southeastern Pennsylvania Transit Authority fare token
9. 1 Unknown coin, looks like Greek or Russian
10. 20 Kronor bill from Sweden 

So!

I just did my first radio interview!  Pretty exciting.  I actually think it went really well, and I only said um like 19844 times.  You can listen to it right now here!  Keep in mind, this is a Conservative radio show, and I am not a Conservative.  I’m actually pretty liberal.  I got to tell them a lot about myself, but when they asked me to give some thoughts to the audience, I told them to listen to my generation because we are the ones attempting to progress and welcome a diverse and varied world into the realm of equality and freedom.  I know that’s not what they want to hear, but that’s how I feel.

I’m curious as to their stance on this whole Chick-Fil-A thing, which many are claiming is an argument over freedom of speech (which is the radio show’s whole point).  I don’t believe it has much to do at all with freedom of speech: I think it has far more to do with people who disagree with the actions and morals of Chick-Fil-A boycotting for the purpose of keeping their money out of causes they disagree with.  Spreading awareness about Chick-Fil-A’s bigoted views is a use of freedom of speech, not a breach.  This is true for all companies like that, particularly ones that are more under-the-rug about their views for the purpose of continuing to appeal to those on the opposite side of the political spectrum.  Urban Outfitters, for example, is a company I recommend boycotting.

Anyhow, I shall kick my soap box under the sofa now and return to my coveted height of 5 foot 1!

More success at the Byrd!

The crowd was slimmer this evening, but I still did quite well.  I played for 45 minutes for the first line.  Tomorrow I might try to do both lines, it being Thirsty Thursday and all.  Unfortunately they didn’t let me play right in front of the theatre this time…I guess they didn’t notice me last night.  I scooted over a little bit and it was just fine!

Tomorrow is my interview at 10:55 AM.  Here is where you can hear the Podcast.  Apparently it is a Conservative radio show, and all of you know well that I am not Conservative; however, I feel as though this interview will not require any expression of political beliefs.  And y’all know that if they ask me about this whole Chick-Fil-A thing I will give them a piece of my mind.  I think it’s mostly about freedom of expression, though, which I obviously believe in.

Gross earnings for the day: $68
Gross earnings so far: $2291

This evening

Another successful evening at the Byrd!  Last night I went and checked at the 9:45 and I felt like the line wasn’t going to really exist much, but today I went for the earlier showing and the line seemed substantial enough to play.  Turns out that was definitely true!  I played for 45 minutes, while the line was there and moving (I don’t start until it’s already moving: I don’t like making people have to stand there and listen when they didn’t sign up for it.  But if they get to escape it’s ok!).  I have a radio interview sometime this week and also I GET TO MEET WITH THE TUMBLR STAFF IN RICHMOND ON FRIDAY!!  Apparently they have a secondary office here, and their main headquarters is in New York City.  YAAAAAAYYYYYYYY

Gross earnings for the day: $67 (and also 20 Kronor)
Gross earnings so far: $2223