255. Underground Music
Michelle was tired after a long day at
. She just wanted to get home, order a
for dinner, and go to bed. As she
on the train home, she closed her eyes.
she heard music. It was a harmonica playing
sad song. It sounded like a blues song.
opened her eyes to look where the sound
coming from. Was it from someone's iPod with
volume up loud?
The sound was coming from
man leaning against the subway doors playing a
. When he finished playing the song he walked
and down the aisles with a cup in
hand asking for tips. Michelle didn't feel like
was fair. While the music wasn't unpleasant, it's
like she had a choice. She was forced
listen to it since she has to take
train home from work. Now he was asking
be paid by the people being forced to
? He had some nerve. Michelle didn't give the
any money. Some of her fellow commuters did
a few coins in the man's cup.
't encourage that," Michelle told one of her fellow
after he dropped some change in the man's
. "I don't even think it's legal for him
play music in the train and ask for
," Michelle said. She then scanned the advertisements and
inside the train car. Sure enough she found
sign that said playing music and soliciting was
allowed and that there would be a fine
people caught by the police.
When the harmonica
passed by Michelle and extended his cup out
he could put in some change, she pointed
the sign. The harmonica player shrugged his shoulders. "
all have to make a living, lady," he