With today’s chilly winds and snow in the
forecast, I like to remember last June when it was humid and sticky
and blazing hot in the sun on 5th Avenue in Brooklyn.
Paul Friedman and I had agreed to play on the
street as part of Make Music NY 2012; a city-wide festival of
concerts presenting thousands of musicians playing the sidewalks
and parks all over New York City. The kind folks at Fifth Avenue
Record and Tape let us set up in front of their store. My tiny
Dancing Henry puppet began to entertain the pedestrians while I
squeezed and sang and Paul bowed his fiddle.
Here is one of the songs we sang
that day. This mp3 is an excerpt from ourPAUL & JODYcd.
Mole in the
At one point, a lady walking her dog came by.
We broke into “How Much is that Doggie in the Window” and the her
dog said “Woof Woof” exactly in time to the song. I kept singing
the next line, “The one with the wagg-i-ly tail” ... and the dog
again shouted out “Woof Woof” just in perfect time, as if we had
been practicing this for months. Everyone broke into hysterics and
of course the poor dog lost her concentration and could only wag
her tail back and forth hopefully. She would not be persuaded to
sing again. It was one of those perfect moments that could only be
enjoyed and never duplicated.