A Young Adventist Street Musician in NYC

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The New York Daily News reports on a little Adventist busker.

The business card reads: "Pianist, Music Star, World's Happiest Boy."

Thirteen-year-old Jason Cordero gives them out in the 42nd St. subway, where he pounds out classical music every Sunday - hoping his hard work gets him to Juilliard.

"Instead of practicing at home, I practice in the subway," said Jason, who draws huge crowds around his Casio Privia on the No. 1 platform. "I started playing when my dad gave me a toy keyboard for my birthday, like for babies."

The son of Ecuadoran immigrants, Jason also regularly plays for Saturday services at the family's Seventh Day Adventist church.

He's been taking lessons from the church's main pianist since he was 7 and playing underground since he was 11.

"I consider my gift of playing the piano as a gift of God," said the eighth grader. "It makes me happy that I play the piano the way I do. So, I think I'm the happiest boy in the world."

In fact, he exudes happiness as he plays, moving his head from side to side as the music pours out - Mozart's "Rondo Alla Turca," Beethoven's "Symphony No. 5," and his favorite, Chopin's "Nocturne Opus 9 No. 2."

This is a companion discussion topic for the original entry at http://spectrummagazine.org/node/3213