Music is the universal language of mankind.-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
- Street musicians in Moscow, Russia take the stage as spectators take their seats. The music becomes a barrier between all languages, as lyrics find themselves unnecessary to display the power of the song. The many nationalities surrounding the music seem to find themselves more alike than in the previous minute filled with such language differences. Even if just for a moment the melody unites the street and its occupants.
Moscow is the world's second most expensive city with some of the most beautiful people in the world. Arbat Street is a well-known Moscow attraction and makes a mark on the influences of westernized musical culture. Despite the use of different instruments, street music makes the same impact in Russia, as it does halfway around the world. Street musicians in Russia and America find their stage on bustling streets and draw their audience with their unsuspected talent.
- The westernized musical taste of Russia can be found from dance to instrumental performers. Familiar American songs inspire street dancers to show their moves. The competition between them makes an exciting spectator sport for those who enjoy the fine arts rather than the usual sporting venues. Never had I thought that break dancing would be a big part of Russian culture but the more I watched, the more intrigued I became. The passion behind the dancing created rivalry between performers and encouraged brave souls to take their chances in the westernized street dance.
- The orchestral sounds found in the streets of Russia are similar to those in American culture. Although most American performers find themselves in orchestra pits, the often take to the street and share their love of performing with those who are willing to listen. The Russian street string players captivate an audience in simple street clothes with familiar tunes and enlightened faces and American street performers follow in suite. No matter the place, music breaks cultural barriers and, if for only a moment, frees language differences that some may face on travels even halfway around the world.
- Life is one grand, sweet song, so start the music.-Ronald Reagan