I've had this particular note in my phone for over 400 days.
"Sightless and singing"
What on Earth does that mean? Right ...
Sightless- Well one day I was on the train and I saw an elderly man walk on smiling and maneuvering himself around the train with a cane. It quickly became obvious he was blind. When I see a blind man or woman on the train I get very anxious for them, because NYC commuters are pushy and frequently don't look around to see who it is they are in fact pushing.
Singing- However there was to be no accident on this day, instead I got a show. When the train began to move the blind man broke out into song. The first thing he sang was ...
"If you want my body
and you think I'm sexy
come on baby let me know ... "
I thought to myself, this man is hilarious. Then after a while, I don't believe he finished singing the song, he moved on to his next tune.
"The sun'll come out
Bet your bottom dollar
There'll be sun!
Just thinkin' about
Clears away the cobwebs,
And the sorrow
'Til there's none!"
I cannot for the life of me remember if he was begging, or if I gave him money if he was. But I can hear his voice singing those two songs clearly in my memory. And I can remember him smiling as he sang, like the world was his stage and he knew he held a captive audience. He had one more song up his sleeve...
"And I just can't take my eyes off of you
And I just can't take my eyes off of you
He sang the song with affection, like he was loving his own ability to make those pleasing soothing sounds and he didn't care if people were listening. Yet he was definitely performing.
I guess I'm sharing this now, because it felt selfish and silly to keep it as a note in my phone. When people are happy and as unaffected by other peoples presence as that man was it seems like it should be appreciated. I felt like he was giving me a gift with his songs.
So thank you sir, I really enjoyed your songs over 400 days ago.