As I boarded the train this morning, I became audience to a performance already in progress by a young college girl in pigtails with a guitar and a plastic Big Gulp cup full of coins and dollar bills. It was a welcomed departure from the usual recital of variations on The Godfather theme by the blind accordionist who farts on you as he walks by, but still a bit much so early in the morning. She was sitting on the floor, propped up against a door, so passengers had to keep stepping over her. The train was packed, and sitting on the floor seemed an awkward choice, but I suppose this was the intimate “Over the Rainbow” live at Carnegie Hall portion of her concert.
She was obviously brand new to the city. Her face had a fresh rosy glow, like if you’d just ripped a band-aid off the Sun, and she still had that new car smell. She sang a catchy little original as she strummed. The chorus is still stuck in my head…
Whatever you wish for
It can be yours
Just reach out and grab it
You’re worth it, for sure…
Although her lyrics were mediocre at best and her voice hideous, I found the song inspiring. So when it was over, I reached down and grabbed a couple of singles from her Big Gulp. (Cuz I’m worth it, for sure.) Then came her closing remarks: "Thank you, Ladies and Gentlemen. I just started school here in the city,and one day I hope to be a star on Broadway. Any help is appreciated."
I did not see that one coming. And I didn't have the heart to tell her that, to my knowledge, there hasn't been a Broadway star discovered on the floor of the N train since before Elaine Stritch went on the wagon. But I did suggest that if it's a career on the stage she's set her sights upon, that she follow in the illustrious footsteps of legends like LuPone and Merman and claim her stardom the old-fashioned way... by posting a video on YouTube or winning a talent contest on reality TV. (Kids today just don't get it..)
And while we're on the subject, let's discuss another pretty young college girl with pigtails in her hair and showbiz in her veins...ME! On October 5th I'll be guest hosting Friends with Benefits at The Metropolitan Room - a concert benefitting BC/EFA, and featuring performers from Hair, South Pacific, Ragtime and Mamma Mia, to name a few. Come support! Maybe I'll pop in my shoulder pads and do a little "Hard Hearted Hannah." Who knows??