by Matt from The Invincible Summer in Video on Wednesday 24 October 2012

It was New Years’ Eve 2011 and New York had, just days earlier, witnessed the worst snow storms in over 100 years. This day, the sun came out, the snow ploughs had cleared most of the streets, and the world was getting back to normal. I went walking to Washington Square, one of the great public spaces in Greenwich Village, and happened upon a guy – orange hair, tattoos on his fingers, with an old upright piano in the freezing cold – playing some of the most beautiful music I have ever heard. Whenever I show this video to people, the first thing they notice is the guy doing a handstand in the background. Funny, as I never noticed when I was there.