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Tuesday, October 03, 2006

One-Man Band

Jord Jayrodin Peck is an itinerant one-man band. I was fortunate to meet him twice - the first time at night (with no camera). This photo was taken in Union Square, where he was discussing his run-ins with the law. Click here for more photos. He was prevented from playing, having been told that his drums were amplified instruments (?). It's sad in the city to see people like this ticketed, when drug dealers sell their wares with impunity because they know how to work the system. He plays several instruments simultaneously - two drums, each connected to the back of one foot via a cord, cymbal sets from his arm and wrist, harmonica, and guitar. I did get to see his street performance on the first night - everyone was really impressed with his talent. The expectation was that his show would be gimmicky, but his musical interpretation and performance were excellent. I recall a nice rendition of a Dylan song. I was told that his repertoire is somewhat limited - quite understandable. Jord has to work out the arrangement for all of his parts. I wish him luck in his endeavor and that the raw, untamed, unbridled energy of youth will keep him going in the face of adversity...

5 comments:

Wanderer of Arlesheim said...

I love your work and I share my love too, my love of Arlesheim, a 9'000 people village in the northwestern part of Switzerland!

Greetings!

luggi said...

It's nice that you focus on the people of New York as well.

Brian said...

I'm trying to cover all bases. From edge to high profile - live poultry slaughter houses, snakes in parks, the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, museums etc.. People, places, buildings, restaurants, the homeless - the whole gamut.
Brian

Nathalie said...

Good luck to Jord, great photo and interesting (if somewhat distressing) story.
Congratulations for producing one of the very best City daily photos around.

Curly said...

I've enjoyed my visit her today Bryan, and this shot has a lot of interest. I note that at least someone smiled for the camera!

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