Play Me, I’m Yours

Luke Jerram creates live arts projects. This summer he has placed thirty pianos around London (http://www.streetpianos.com/london2009/).  Each is uniquely decorated and all say, in big letters, “Play Me, I’m Yours.” There’s a wonderful slideshow of people interacting with the piano’s at http://www.streetpianos.com/london2009/gallery.
 
An of course, there is a growing body of YouTube videos of people playing the pianos. Here are some of my favorites so far:
 
“I’m A Believer” on Carnaby Street

You can also watch this pianist lead choruses of “Hey Jude,” “Help Me,” and “Daydream Believer.” 
 
The Gents: “Let’s Have Us a Singy Song” in Soho Square and on Carnaby Street

 
Katzenjammer Play 24 Pianos in 8 Hours

 
Here’s one where the piano at the Millenium Bridge is used in a rather more high production number:
 
Andrew Balkwell “Nothing (‘Bout Your Girl)” 

Slow Down London . . . Living Life in Real Time

Slow Down London is a project to get Londoners to adopt a slower pace, at least for a week. The campaign runs from April 24 to May 4 and has events around the city designed to get people to slow down and enjoy the moment.
 

Part of the campaign includes a Slow Exposure Photo Contest designed to encourage Londoners to pause and look about them. Some of the photos are stunning.