One night, while waiting on the Grand Central Station subway platform, the cleaning crews non-discriminately sprayed burning hot water on the stairs above where I was standing. A puddle dropped at my feet, splattering in my face. A young woman next to me said, “There’s nothing like the fluorescent lights of the subway to melt away a magical night.” We agreed, and soon exchanged stories of our night.
Since I moved to New York about a month ago, the subway has been an endless supply of frustrated inspiration and, in this case, horror. But, as a newcomer, I still think there’s a certain mystical charm about the subway. There's nothing quite like sharing close quarters and occasional stories with the full spectrum of humanity.
That communion with public transportation is a new thing to me. I'm from Colorado -- where we bike or drive. But here, I've quickly noticed each line has it's own personality. The best way I know to describe a feeling, situation -- or in this case cars full of people strung together, is with music. I've paired songs that I believe match the character of my limited subway commute, music diary style.
What's the soundtrack to your subway line? What songs do you like to listen to? Tell us in the comments below, or on Twitter at @Soundcheck.