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Piano man and his baby grand move around NYC

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 - 01:59

April 18 - A classically-trained New York musician pushes his baby grand piano almost a mile through the streets of Manhattan to reach the nearest performance location. Sharon Reich reports.

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There are hundreds of talented buskers performing on the streets in New York City. But Colin Huggins isn't like your average street performer. The classically trained pianist hauls his 700 pound baby grand piano to parks and subway platforms, giving listeners a slice of tranquility in this fast moving city. But Colin says making a living as an artist isn't easy. He has spent the last six years doing it and experience has taught him that you need something special in order to stand out from the crowd. SOUNDBITE: Colin Huggins, street performing pianist, saying (English): "To a certain degree, part of it was creating a spectacle. You couldn't just do it. It was hard to do it if you're doing something very ordinary but if you were doing something extraordinary that people didn't see all the time then you were more likely to gather a crowd." And to do that, the Georgia native requires a little help. He keeps his piano in storage and relies on Vinny Longo to help move it to and from the locker. And to buffer the toll of the bumps and potholes, he also hires someone to tune the delicate instrument each week. While he prefers playing classical music, his repertoire changes depending on his audience. SOUNDBITE: Colin Huggins, street performing pianist, saying (English): "I've had to kind of figure out how to play things that, I don't know, that, that can still grab people and kind of go beyond just the fact that there's a piano there and that there is someone playing it." Weather permitting, Huggins and his baby grand can be found most weekends in New York's Washington Square Park.

Piano man and his baby grand move around NYC

Wednesday, Apr 17, 2013 - 01:59

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