Friday, January 8, 2010

music under new york: ron gibbs

This is New York.
If you can make it here,
you can make it
in any subway anywhere.

Ron Gibbs.
Jazz and Funk guitarist.
Part of the program Music Under New York.
A brilliant musician.

I don't know if I should cry or laugh.
I love music.
Getting this quality of music
for a dollar in a hat
is amazing.
As a listener.

As a father of kids with extra-ordinary
talents for music I'm not sure.

Got to rush, got to rush.
Can't miss that train.
That's what keeps the kids in clothes.
That's what keeps the kids off the street
and above the ground.

But, please, stop, for a second
and drop, a dollar, in, that, hat.

And don't forget to listen
to the music.


Michelle said...

I like it - great photo, too. I don't think I've ever run into this musician in the subway, but I find a lot of the musicians in the subway to be really good. Did you ever see the 'Saw Lady' (, for example? I see her at the Grand Central Station Shuttle sometimes. What a sound. I like watching people's reactions when she plays, especially kids.

Tore Claesson said...

someone left a nice comment and I erased it by mistake instead of publishing it. Sorry for that.
And, yes, i have seen the saw lady.

Romana said...


I realize this is an old post but I was wondering if anyone knew how to get in touch with Ron Gibbs to book him for events? I cab't find a website and the MUNY site doesn't state his info. Would be much appreciated!

Tore Claesson said...

Try music under new york.
the organization.

he's part of their program. or was as late as 2 years ago to my knowledge.