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There is magic to music, this is something I’ve always believed, and last week I saw this magic in action in the underbelly of New York – the subway.

There are many unspoken rules of etiquette to this system of grimy platforms and fast moving trains. Some of which include not making a ruckus, avoiding eye contact, and keeping yourself busy until the train arrives at the station. Last Tuesday, however, I descended the stairs to the 23rd street station to the soft boom of surprisingly melodic singing.

When fully down the stairs and through the turnstile, I encountered an  a capella group of six men, including a bass player, croning out the sweet sounds of Motown on an otherwise dull day. The platform buzzed with people. Not able to ignore the beauty in front of them, apathy soon turned to smiles, claps, and Instragram videos of  “Lean on Me,”  “Why Do Fools Fall In Love,” and “Stand By Me.”

Before the doors closed on the next train, I watched as even people seated on the train couldn’t ignore the sounds of the station and pointed out to their friends what they were hearing. I feel lucky to have been in the right place at the right time to be a part of this experience. Heck, I even bought the CD. The band is Cover Story and the album, New Beginnings. Hear a sampling below and enjoy the magic.

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