No one wants to hear me play the piano. My repertoire features only one song: “I Dropped My Dolly.” Yeah, I’m THAT bad. But if I wanted to, I could take my act (I use the term loosely) a couple of blocks down to Times Square and play to my heart’s content. All thanks to artist Luke Jerram’s “Play Me, I’m Yours” art installation across New York City.
Jerram installed 60 pianos across Manhattan and the surrounding areas for anyone to play from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. (The pianos are locked for safe keeping and opened again in the morning by volunteers.) From Battery Park to Central Park, pianists can showcase their skills while others enjoy the music. And if you’re not in New York, you can still enjoy the show — the “Play Me, I’m Yours” website offers photos and videos.
That’s how I stumbled across none other than Cyndi Lauper performing at the Times Square 44th Street location. (See video of her performance after the jump.) Had I known she was there, I would have bolted out of the office and run the six blocks to have a listen. I mean, really. How important can work possibly be when Cyndi Lauper is outside singing? For free! I think the answer is pretty clear.
Other lesser-known artists, like J Roddy Walston and The Business, have used the pianos to give free concerts to the public, too. And then, of course, there are the average Joes making music, as well. (Is there a category below that? If so, that’s the one I fit into. Just so we’re clear.)
My (totally normal) reaction to seeing Cyndi (yeah, I think we’re on a first name basis) online got me thinking. Who else would give an awesome concert for “Play Me, I’m Yours?” What do you think, PopWatchers? Who would you want to hear offer an impromptu show at one of Jerram’s pianos? Sound off below!