Stories From the Underground: Madrid Metro Line 10

Yesterday in Madrid’s metro line 10 I came across an extraordinary young man playing this song in return for a bit of dough. The song is about communters in the metro and on the importance of smiling to each other.

What was most impressive about it all was the fact that when many commuters (the majority of people on the train) didn’t tip him, all the artist said was “thank you very much for the smile and have a nice day”

He finished off by reminding everyone that in spite of the hard times this country is experiencing, it is important to smile and be positive, thanking everyone who had smiled with him for doing so and asking those who hadn’t (the vast majority) to reflect on his message.

In and age of self-absorbed musicians with the ability to make an impact on people’s lives in the crisis, this fellow is a shining example of what being a musician is really about. It’s not about him, it’s all about the message he’s delivering. Think about this fellow artists and let’s make the world smile !


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