Sights and Sounds of a New City

1st time in times squae

It is not uncommon for tourists to bring attention to themselves with their confused and lost expressions or their excessive photo shoots or large memorabilia and souvenirs of whichever city they are visiting. Guiltily I admit I have committed these same acts, thereby classifying myself as a “typical” tourist.

However because I am a musician I am different from the rest. When I am in a new city the first things I notice are the sounds, the rush of oncoming cars, the electronic echoes of Metro cards beeping to allow entrance into the subways, the definite presence of foreign languages and the resonating sound of music throughout the air.

At various stops throughout the underground, guitarists, electric pianists and even violinists, set up their equipment and muffle the sounds of incoming trains with music. Screen Shot 2013-01-12 at 9.21.22 PM

Street musicians also frequent the blocks above ground and provide the massive crowds with a soundtrack for city walking.

The sites to see are so many it is almost overwhelming at times. Times Square changes faces almost every three seconds. The flashing advertisements and shopping signs are a sight in itself. Our first night in New York City, we decided to visit this iconic spot….it was worth it! Let the adventures begin!


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  1. #1 by James McPherson on January 14, 2013 - 1:45 pm

    Nice perspective. And while the city is loud, you’re right–it’s anything but just “noise.”

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