Best subway music ever: Super Mario Bros. theme

Musician Gypsy Joe Trane played the classics, including the theme to Nintendo Classic Super Mario Brothers on the R-train heading uptown Manhattan the other night. I can’t believe that no one else was (or at least looked) as amused as I was. I generally like subway performers and these guys had the best approach I’ve seen: just stand and jam for many stops. I don’t know if they made more or less money than those who do a quick set before hopping into another car, but I gave them a few bucks for the great accompaniment.

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