Justin Ward in Union Square, SFThere are many good musicians out there, but I am particularly impressed and inspired by buskers. When I see and hear a talented musician busking, working hard and sharing his passion with anyone who will listen, I can’t help but appreciate, cheer him on and hope that he gets the breaks he needs to succeed.

Last March, while I was on holiday in the United States with my family, I discovered the cool music of saxophone player Justin Ward. My daughter and I were standing outside Macy’s Union Square in San Francisco, waiting for my husband and son who went to grab some ice cream. A young man was right outside the entrance, his back to Union Square, playing music on a saxophone. He caught my attention as soon as I realized he was playing “Let It Go” from the Disney movie Frozen. (At that time, the song and the movie were at the height of popularity, especially with my nieces.)

Together with about a dozen or more people, I stood there and enjoyed the free entertainment. I asked my daughter to put some money in his instrument case and get a name card. And that’s how I learned that the name of this talented young musician was Justin Ward.

I checked out this YouTube channel and found his jazzy rendition of Zedd’s “Clarity.” How I wish I had heard him play this too.