Moses Josiah and His Musical Saw

Last Sunday when I was leaving the Union Square station to go to work, an amusing sound caught my ear. I turned to look and found Moses Josiah playing a musical saw. I had to stop and take a video to share with you because how often do you get to hear a musical saw live?! Hahah… luckily when I asked, Moses told me that he's there every Sunday whenever we want to stop by and enjoy a little bit of his musical talent. He told me he has been playing the instrument since 1947, when he was a teenager. How impressive! πŸ™‚

The first time I fell in love with the musical saw was during "Delicatessen," the first feature film by Jean-Pierre Jeunet who also directed AmΓ©lie ten years later. There is something magical about the instrument that just makes me smile every time I hear it. Here is a clip of the movie, I hope you enjoy it as well. πŸ™‚

-Helen

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4 thoughts on “Moses Josiah and His Musical Saw

  1. Stephen L. Harlow says:

    Oh, Helen, thank you for both Moses’ playing & the Delicatessen clip. Miss you & NY! Miss your BubbleTea!

  2. Thirstea Cafe NYC says:

    You’re welcome p0ps! I miss you and Ruth too! Love all the vids & pics you’ve been posting. Feels like I’ve been on the trip w/ you guys. πŸ™‚

  3. SawLady says:

    So glad you ran into my friend Moses! I would like to invite you to see/hear Moses and many other musical saw players (last year there were 53) at the 8th annual NYC Musical Saw Festival: http://www.MusicalSawFestival.orgLast year we also played the music from ‘Delicatessen’ at the festival :)All the best,Saw Lady

  4. Thirstea Cafe NYC says:

    Wow, a Musical Saw Festival?! I’ve never been to or even heard of it, I’d love to go! Thanks SawLady! πŸ™‚

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