“I like going near Metro stations and just playing during rush hour and play for a few hours. I’m currently testing every single one, and I’m going to write a book about it. I enjoy Clarendon and Pentagon City . . . because the flow of traffic at rush hour is really high. I try to play down in the Metro at Pentagon City, underground in the tunnel. If you can get down there with a sax and play loudly, the acoustics are phenomenal, and creates this chamber, church sound. Although the police keep kicking me out and I have to go out by the sidewalk.
“I try to go to lighten the mood of what is otherwise a zombie 9-to-5 commute . . . My best single day busking was $85 for two hours. I got lucky that day – a middle school band from somewhere around the U.S. came by . . . and everybody threw money in. I have to be careful not to go on windy days so the money doesn’t blow away.”
is an all-male a cappella trio: Herbert Johnson, Nels Olson and Terance Hope. Hope is quoted below.
“I’ve my singing since I was 10 years old . . . and my family has a long history in music. My uncle is Elmo Hope, a contemporary of Thelonious Monk, and he did the bop style of jazz. So it’s been in the family for a long time.
“The Light, we’re all part of the same [church] choir. . . I give thanks to God in everything that we do. And I just follow the Yellow Brick Road, honestly. So as the pavement lights up in front of me, I take the walk in that direction.
“Our group is very organic. We’re very improvisational. Our songwriters, myself and Herbert Johnson, we tend to be very creative and quick at writing. So we will rehearse and come up with a vibe of something, and then follow that through.
“A lot of our songs are faith-based and inspirational . . . We have a couple of signature songs that we’re known for. Right now, it’s called ‘In the Beginning.’ It’s a very unique R&B-oriented piece, with kind of a pop music sound, and it’s about the first book of the Bible, Genesis. But it’s a very sweet tune, painting pictures with words as the world is being created and the music is all around us.”
is a sextet that performs neo-soul instrumentals: Jamal Brown on flute, Marcia McIntyre on violin, Leslie DeLaine on viola, Steve Perkins and Sean Anthony on percussion, and Élise Cuffy on cello. Cuffy is quoted below.