Among the millions of people, she sat so still and solemn. With the honking of taxis, the exhaust of buses, and rumblings of so many conversations I felt like I could hardly hear myself think. I was searching for the metro. I needed to get myself out of there. I was claustrophobic and overwhelmed. Every nerve in my body said, run!
And then. I turned the corner and heard something. The conversations had turned to whispers. The taxis weren't honking. The buses were far away. And drifting through the smoggy air was a very eery tune. It sounded like hearts crying. Or cool breezes trying to escape to greener lands. People had stopped to watch. A crowd had gathered. I didn't feel like running, I wanted to hear her song. I waited till the end and then I put my money in the bucket.
If you ever get the chance to hear someone play the Erhu, stop and listen.