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The busking musician detailed the encounter and his cause: 

I went out busking in Leeds on New Year's Eve and, after a while, was joined by a homeless man in a wheelchair who asked if he could sing with me. As a busker, I spend a lot of time on the streets and had seen this man many times over the years, but didn't know he was singer, and, as the years had gone by, his health and wellbeing seemed to have worsened a great deal. We jammed out a version of 'Summertime' and I was blown away by his voice so I stopped a passerby and asked them to capture the moment on my camera phone and then uploaded the video to my Facebook page where it quickly went viral as thousands of people shared it.

My spontaneous street jam with Bernard Davey was a soul-affirming, enriching experience which summed up everything I love about street culture. The streets are full of wonderful surprises and stories. I hope Bernard's amazing improvised version of 'Summertime' helps people to remember not to judge people they see on the streets according to their appearances, but to always look below the surface appearance and find the person underneath.

Moments like these are why I founded the Keep Streets Live Campaign, a not for profit organisation which advocates for public spaces which are open to informal offerings of art and music and campaigns against the criminalisation of homelessness and street culture.

In addition, there are many wonderful charities that work with homeless and vulnerably housed including Inn Churches which provides emergency accommodation for the homeless in churches during the cold winter months and intercepts food waste to give to the hungry. I am doing a sponsored sober year in 2016 to raise funds for them and you can find out more and make a donation.



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Joshua Bell is one of the USA's most talented violin players. The day before this performance in a D.C. subway station, he performed the same piece of music in closed counters at a 100$/ticket show. In the subway station that day, only one woman out of hundreds of persons walking buy actually stopped to appreciate the music.

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Yes, yes, but what is this "FUSHIGI BALL (tm)" you keep referring to? Can it predict my future more accurately?

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Your mom was wrong: music CAN put a roof over your head!

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I wonder how many of the passing commuters think "screw this job, imma join a band."

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The musicians Gypsy Joe Trane perform an expert rendition of the theme from Super Mario Bros. The passengers on the train, however, sit unmoved. HAVE YOU HEARTS OF STONE, NYC COMMUTERS?