We always use the subway stations to travel from somewhere to somewhere. But in those stations, there are some people who do not travel, who just stand still to offer us a trickle of music that changes our mood in an instant. ‘’People’’ I said; not ‘’musicians’’ ! That’s exactly the point. We never classify them like they are real musicians, we always see them as ordinary, mediocre talents, just like any one else in that subway station, unknown, unperceived, making a very little amount of money at the end of the day. Unknown, or undiscovered?
For too many people on the world, the term ‘’musician’’ is only for the people who plays in a band. For example, we would find the coining of the term appropriate for Steve Wai, Joe Satriani, Kırk Hammett or Şebnem Ferah, Metin Türkcan. Yes I agree, and everybody else does, that they really play like they are the gods of music. When I say, ‘Do you know Şebnem Ferah ‘ you probably say ‘ yes of course, she is a musician’ but unfortunately when I say ‘do you know the musician who plays in the metro ?’ you just say ‘huh?’.
This is the aim of this essay-to-turn-into-an-adlab-project. I want everyone to understand that the ones who play in those stations are musicians too; just, nobody is aware of their talent – yet.
Dear reader, I want to ask you a little and simple question. Can you play an instrument as cool as the ones who play in the subway stations? If you say yes, why don’t you earn money? What is the difference between the guy that plays in the metro and Metin Türkcan? The answer is very simple: Luck. Because of this project, I had a chance to meet with some undiscovered musicians and I listened to their music. They are playing as cool and as great as discovered musicians, only difference is they play in subway stations, not on stage.
Those undiscovered musicians try very hard to get a great sound from the instrument they are playing. It is obvious that they are practicing every day to excel in their talent and earn more money. They do play harmoniously, as you notice nobody in stations say bad things to them about their playing or ask them to stop. But these people can make a maximum of 5 TL from one person. This is what hurts me most. These people in stations practice really hard, but they never earn good money. People only listen to them for 3 seconds. Those hours-long hard practices get a lending ear for just about 3 seconds. And what’s sadder, all of this hard work is just for 1TL – if lucky.
Even more heartbreaking is the fact that these people who play in stations have never felt the feeling of going on stage. Just think that you do something very well but never get applauded, awarded, or even recognized. Being on stage is the best reward for any talent. And these people never get know about this feeling. They try harder every day, they play better every passing week, but they never go on stage and experience that fascinating feeling that might last them a life time. For everyone else, they are still an ‘ordinary’ person who plays an instrument at the corner of the station.
I tried to discover the feelings of the undiscovered legends and understand their outlook to subway playing. I just want you to understand that these people who play in stations are musicians too. Going on stage and make everyone scream your name isn’t the only way to be named a musician. If you give people the uplifting sensation through the miracle of music notes, that’s when you are a wonderful musician. And if you want to be exhilarated with some music racing through you, just visit the metro stations and listen to the ‘musicians’ more watchfully. It’s the cheapest miracle you can attain! and the greatest award you can give to some talented un-ordinary person waiting for your recognition.