The subterranean Accordion
Spiff Wiegand is a classical guitarist who got hooked on the accordion. When he's not playing with the band THE LEADER, he plays the subway circuit. We asked him why.
W.S. Why do you do this?
S.W. I tried it once just for fun, to see if I could get a response. People actually gave me money. I didn't even put out a hat.
W.S. Do you have a favorite spot?
S.W. Yes, the 6th ave stop on the L train. It seems to be a magic spot for me.
W.S. How much can you make down there?
S.W. Enough to pay for my eats----you know, my weekly food bill.
W.S. Not bad.
S.W. I actually played Pietro Deiro's Trieste Overture during rush hour one day.
W.S. Did the people like it?
S.W. I couldn't tell, they were all rushing to catch the train.
W.S. I'm sure the fast sections helped, especially the last two pages.
S.W. That was the point, to give them a good sendoff.
W.S. You met another student of mine while you were playing----Mathew Fass---he came over and introduced himself to you while you were working, not knowing that both of you study with me.
S.W. That was a wild coincidence.
W.S. Mathew also plays the subway circuit---I think he's even done the Paris Metro.
GO HEAR SPIFF WIEGAND AT THE 6TH AVENUE STOP ON THE L TRAIN. AND GIVE HIM LOTS OF MONEY.