On any given day in the City of New York, aspiring musicians and artists can be seen lugging guitars and amps through the subway and streets. And as the weekend approaches, the weekend-jammers are seen unloading and loading drum sets and band gear at bars and corner coffee shops. New York City is a city of music and art, brought to us by aspiring artists whose main recompense is the act of playing and self-expression to an audience, even one rushing by.


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Kimberly Wyma, a fashion stylist by day who has worked with Cameron Diaz, is one of those aspiring artists. She recently filled the underground cavern at Cornelia Street Cafe in Greenwich Village with melodies and tunes from her recent EP, Escapistry.

Kimberly recently posted a quote on her Instagram. Ascribed to David Ackert of the L.A. Times, although originally directed at actors, the quote explores the question, why?

Singers and Musicians are some of the most driven, courageous people on the face of the earth. They deal with more day-to-day rejection in one year than most people do in a lifetime. Every day, singers and musicians face the financial challenge of living a freelance lifestyle, the disrespect of people who think they should get real jobs, and their own fear that they’ll never work again. Every day, they have to ignore the possibility that the vision they have dedicated their lives to is a pipe dream. With every note, they stretch themselves, emotionally and physically, risking criticism and judgment. With every passing year, many of them watch as the other people their age achieve the predictable milestones of normal life – the car, the family, the house, the nest egg. Why? Because singers and musicians are willing to give their entire lives to a moment – to that melody, that lyric, that chord, or that interpretation that will stir the audience’s soul. Singers and Musicians are beings who have tasted life’s nectar in that crystal moment when they poured out their creative spirit and touched another’s heart. In that instant, they were as close to God, to magic, and to perfection as anyone could ever be. And in their own hearts, they know that to dedicate oneself to that moment is worth a thousand lifetimes.