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Photo essay: Street musicians, the sound of the sidewalk

Photo essay: Street musicians, the sound of the sidewalk Dannie Boyd
Written by Dannie Boyd
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Street musicians connect with their audience where it counts the most, their everyday lives. In this piece, I document nine performers in action, live from the sidewalks you walk on.

I chose to create a photo essay on street musicians because they are everyday people who inspire people like themselves. Street musicians fill the streets with beautiful music that touches people in route to completing their day.

As Zalinksy, Dan Aykroyd's character in the movie "Tommy Boy," said: "I make car parts for the American working man because that's what I am and that's who I care about." Street musicians share music with everyday people because that's who they are.

Street musicians can be found across St. Louis in the most public of places. Each musician has his or her own reason for sharing his or her music on the sidewalks. Some do it as a source of income. Some do it for the pure enjoyment of playing for others. Regardless of why they perform in public, they all have one thing in common -- sharing their love of music, and perhaps to earn some change, even eek out a small living, along the way.

The most common places to find street musicians (or buskers as they're sometimes called) in St. Louis are the Delmar Loop and Downtown, especially near events that draw large crowds. There are occasional sightings on or near Metrolink platforms, on South Grand in the theatre district, in the Central West End or popular hangout spots where there are crowds of people.

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