Street Music, Good or Bad, Makes People Happier

Music in the streets.  Whether the music is:~

Good…

ipiyam y Raspacanilla rehearsing in Bogota streets

Jipiyam y Raspacanilla, a Colombian dance and music troupe rehearsing on Bogota streets

Bad…

On La Septima, Bogota

La Septima, Bogota

Sweet…

On La Septima, Bogota

La Septima, Bogota

Nice…

Busker in Usaquen, Colombia

Usaquen, Colombia

Official and conservative….

Entertaining on the street, but not necessarily for consumption by me elsewhere…

Hormigas Negras-La Septima, Bogota

Hormigas Negras – La Septima, Bogota

Hormigas Negras-La Septima, Bogota

Hormigas Negras – La Septima, Bogota

Music I like. Music I don’t like.

Quality musicianship, or not.

No matter to me. No me importa.

Walking every day at the moment along the always busy and dirty, often sad, and at times dangerous road in Bogota called La Septima – I count my blessings for music of any type to make my journey along that road a little more pleasant.

I need and want music to be played and heard in the community in which I walk.  The sounds of music around me, especially in the cities, makes my life and my day better.

I am convinced that it must have the same effect on everyone, even if they aren’t aware of it.  I see people’s attention drawn to the music, it stopping them in their all too busy days and lives, even if for a brief moment.  That’s a good thing.

I am also convinced that music in the streets connects me to the people around me, and them to me, in a silent but positive way.

Buskers and street music of any sort should be allowed, encouraged and supported.  Music in public spaces makes people happier.

Don’t you think so too?

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