I like to get off SEPTA one stop early at Suburban Station and walk to work. That takes me underground a little, and this morning the corridors swelled with lovely music. A violinist and bass man performed selections showing good taste. I heard “Stand By Me,” the tune Ben E. King made famous with cowriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. They then segued to Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah,” whence they stepped off to “Ashokan Farewell,” the Jay Ungar tune that became the theme for Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary series.
They turn out to be Valencia Davis (violin) and Timothy Ragsdale (bass), two Philadelphia Community College students, and members of Philly Street Violins, who have a great Facebook page. Enjoy their playing!