We all need something to lift our spirits, and if we cannot have bridges and vistas and colonades and canals and window boxes filled with flowers and a humane and smiling architecture, we should have a little street music: a man with an accordion or a brass band, or a barrel organ, or a person with a big voice and a tuneful song — anything that will touch our memory and remind us that life is short.
— Talk of the Town column, The New Yorker Magazine (c. 1970)