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  1. "Play Me, I'm Yours" was a dream come true for me: playing piano on the streets of New York in just about every location imaginable. I can't thank Luke Jerram, sing for hope, and all the volunteers enough for pulling off this special event. It was amazing to see so many pianists come out and play, and especially touching to hear so many gifted and talented children step up to what is a very challenging instrument (and play it in public on one of the world's biggest stages).

    In the beginning, I set out to play all five boroughs, but soon realized my day job wouldn't easily accommodate all the travel and logistics involved. So I reset my sights instead on playing every available Manhattan piano (and a few in Brooklyn and Queens). By the end of two weeks I had achieved my goal.

    My pieces are all improvisations, so playing on the streets of New York allowed me to share my spontaneous, energetic music with a city whose rhythms and tones have informed and influenced my music for years. The chance to publicly give back to a city whose people, music, and spirit have brought me joy for decades was the opportunity of a lifetime. Thanks for watching and listening.

    From the heart,

    Sandy Santra
  2. yo dude i think you missed a note...dude ...dude....lawrence gets a "little" assistance...she never said a word...smile
  3. as i have mentioned before kids are fearless and wonderful...this little lady just came up and joined me in jam ..really touched my heart...
  4. In Seward Park was the best-playing and best-sounding of the five outdoor pianos that I had seen. The paint job on it was pretty sloppy, but the piano had good tuning, good tone and good action, and only a few keys were out of commission.

    Maybe I was feeling patriotic on July 4, because I ended up doing a medley of "There's No Place Like Home," "Home on the Range," "America the Beautiful" and "God Bless America." Some little kids were splashing around in the sprinkler, so I busted into some "Old McDonald."

    Thanks to Luke Jerram and to everyone who made this happen.

    Please do it again next summer!

    More notes here:
  5. To view a montage of Chopin's Minute Waltz played by Vadim Ghin on all the street pianos from "Play Me I'm Yours - NYC 2010" please visit: www.theNYCminute.com

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