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Sidewalk Beethoven by MushroomMagic Sidewalk Beethoven by MushroomMagic
Please dont turn this into a political photo; I admire him for playing the piano on the street corner. He was an good pianist. I like this photo alot, I like how no one is really paying attention to the man playing, they all just go about their business. Its humbling in a way, but it also captures the true essence of a musician; not to get noticed, but do it for the sheer fun of it.

The final shot in the City Life series, taken at Pikes Place Market, Seattle. Enjoy.
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A certain song came to mind when i saw Sidewalk Beethoven by =MushroomMagic - Its a pretty good crowd for a saturday And the manager gives me a smile cause he knows that its me they've been comin' to see To forget about life for a while.. (Billy Joel) ( Featured by straightfromcamera )
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kavsikuzah Featured By Owner May 26, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
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amourplease Featured By Owner Dec 8, 2007
I love the used look of the piano he's playing and the One Way sign especially in this piece. My eyes are immediately drawn to his hair and I especially like how you didn't include his face in the photograph. Beautiful composition.
Great work! :)
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2008   Photographer
hehe i know its late, but i was back in the area last month, and he was still playing there! im really glad you loved the photo :)
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JessicaElephant Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007  Hobbyist
I was about to ask if you were in Seattle when you took this and then I saw in your comment you were, I saw that guy last year... I bet he's out there everyday though? So I guess that's not that much of a coincidence ;P
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Dec 4, 2007   Photographer
he could very well be there every day! :)
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iri-desuns Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
i thought there was something about the sign saying 'one way'...
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7ANYA Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
It feels good seeing pictures of home. :) I hope that the little things that make me like Seattle like people like him still remain when I come back to visit after I move out in the future. It's kind of like childhood memories. He adds a good feeling to Pike Place. It's fun having a shared knowledge about these little treasures, much like the strange wall of gum-and-pennies. :)
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007   Photographer
haha yea that wall, very cool, and disgusting at the same time :p
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nightingale13 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
my family bought this guy's cd once...

big mistake. he's an amazing player but his cd doesn't have any music on it haha.

it's just him rambling about whatever ... whenever....
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007   Photographer
haha i can imagine
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TrollGirl Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Professional Traditional Artist
Ah, Mr. Fox was excellent with choice of caption, it's truly the Piano Man of the song :D
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007   Photographer
:D
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hyenacub Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007  Hobbyist General Artist
A nice picture! Reminds me of the Old market here where I live. There are musicians on those street corners, too. It's pretty cool. Never saw a guy with a piano, though.
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007   Photographer
thank you!
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blacwac Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
I have no clue who this guy is but........
He is AWESOME!!!
First, he's playing piano by the side of the road.
Second, the signs.
I know you said that it wasn't meant to be political. That isn't the reason I like the signs (well it's part of it). I like it because he has signs on a piano.
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007   Photographer
hehe glad you like the shot, seattle is a very colorful place!
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IdleShutter Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
I got pics of this guy at Folklife this year! he is an amazing pianist isnt he :D I love is signs (know you didnt want it to be a political pic.) I recognize that very street corner too! :) <3 Seattle.

amazing shot.
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007   Photographer
thank you very much! and yea i wanted to downplay the political aspect because as many political pictures are on here, most turn into flame wars.
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under-blue-skies Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
Beautiful composition and shot. A true musician indeed :)
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007   Photographer
indeed, pursing a passion!
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lola-piano Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
This is beautiful and full of stories...
I wonder now in winter days, where does he go..
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007   Photographer
i do too, hopefully somewhere warmer.
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lola-piano Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007
I hope so too... :)
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faeryink Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
For some reason, I really like the One Way sign with the arrow pointing away from him. The picture is great.
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007   Photographer
i'm glad you enjoy it!
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OrendorffKnight Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007   Photographer
Reminds me of the song "Let's Impeach The President" by Neil Young. (not a fan of his but heard the song) But It's a wonderfully captured picture.
The guy has a lot of guts to play the piano alone and to add to it he has the sign "impeach bush"
Love his hair too.
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007   Photographer
thank you very much!
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S-Scott Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
My favorite place in the entire world. Very nice. :D
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007   Photographer
thank you very much! Pikes Place is amazing
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bandislife88 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
I once had my cousin tell me I should play the piano on a street corner. I love how he doesn't seem to care what people think...he just plays. This is a great picture. Really made me smile.
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007   Photographer
you do it for the fun of it, not for what other people think! :D

thanks!
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Few appreciate music like they should these days...

Amazing photo. I wish I could hear some of what he played.
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007   Photographer
agreed, as a musician, it pains me to see how culturally dry society is. people dont even take the time to look for music, just buy into mainstream crap.
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ShonWright Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
nice! :)
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007   Photographer
thanks!
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written-in-the-sand Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007   Writer
very interesting picture. i love the angle and the feeling in this shot. the people... *shakes head* i don't know.

excellent shot. :+favlove:
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007   Photographer
:D many thanks!
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written-in-the-sand Featured By Owner Nov 30, 2007   Writer
many welcomes ;)
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RockOfGibraltar Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007   Writer
I'm all for sidewalk symphonies; nice capture!
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007   Photographer
thank you!
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RockOfGibraltar Featured By Owner Nov 26, 2007   Writer
you are most welcome.
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aznxenocide Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
Pike Place rocks. I love that place. :p This is an incredible photo. Great job!
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007   Photographer
i do to, great place to visit, grab a starbucks, and mingle with the *eccentric* locals
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acegprodigy Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
He's really funny if you talk to him.
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007   Photographer
hehe i bet
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kupo-nut86 Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
I respect your opinion, but I find it a bit...Well, I lose hope in humanity a bit more, let alone the United States. I must also note the irony in the picture because it can be taken in two directions--or more in terms of society's take on it.

Great job in capturing a lot of meanings of it. Makes me see that even if an artist has one say of something, the instant stuff comes out about it, makes it no longer yours in a sense, but everone's.
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007   Photographer
totally agree
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UnLapinTimide Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
Wonderful capture. A great composition and very thought provoking. :) As soon as I saw this, I instantly knew it was from Pike Place. I saw him still playing his piano just this summer. I'm amazed that he's been playing his piano on Pike Place for over a year now, according to the date given in the deviation.

I must say, I see this man in a wonderful new light now.
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UnLapinTimide Featured By Owner Nov 24, 2007
And congrats on the DD!
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MushroomMagic Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2007   Photographer
thank you very much for the kind words :)
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