Photo by myself on the subway platform at 34th Street, in Midtown.
A little boy played along with a musical track on an electric keyboard, while his father conducted. I posted a photo of this youngster last month, here.
A large group of young visitors watched and applauded after each piece, Thursday evening. Above, the subway platform is usually not so crowded.
I had mixed feelings about this performance. Was the little boy being exploited? He looked like he was enjoying himself, but was he really happy? Shouldn't he be running around outside with his buddies?
What was most interesting was how everyone perked up when the little boy interacted with his father. Suddenly, people started paying real attention.
Onlookers chuckled and clucked at the obvious gestures of affection, which were nice to see.
During a break between pieces, the little boy aimed at his father with a toy gun.
Related posts: Singer and Sax, Along the Tracks, Celebrating Spring, in Union Square and Don't Stop the Music, on the Upper West Side.