Serendipity! I Meet Sir Shadow

You may recall my July 7, 2017 post about jazz artist Sir Shadow, who appears unscheduled and unannounced throughout New York City and creates single-line art depicting musicians.

As coincidence would have it, today hubby and I met with my brother and sister-in-law for a wonderful jazz brunch right off Washington Square Park at NYU. On the way there, whom did I meet, creating his al fresco art, but Sir Shadow himself? The coincidence is that it was my brother who first told me about the artist, following an article about him in last year’s New York Times.

Yes, he remembered me. More importantly, I was able to meet the man and see his inspiration take flight just for me as he created this quick masterpiece featuring a sax player.

Besides the artwork shown above, he also gave me a printed poem that he said has been meaningful to him through the years. He then asked, “Which line do you like the best?”

Sir Shadow poem

I read through it and said, “It would have to be ‘take a tragedy and turn it into a song’.”

Thank you, Sir Shadow, and God bless.

Please check out his art at and help support this wonderful man.

Poem courtesy of Sir Shadow. Photo courtesy of R. Burke.
(c) Debbie Burke 2018

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