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LINDA WERTHEIMER, HOST:

This summer, we've brought you musical postcards of street performers from around the country.

BRUCE DAY: Playing outdoors seems to be a very important part of this kind of music.

WERTHEIMER: Bruce Day and his bluegrass band in Arlington, Virginia.

DAY: It's nice to have the fresh air and the bugs biting and the birds tweeting.

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WERTHEIMER: And we encountered from some unexpected performances too, like that of Michael Samson in Vermont on his didgeridoo.

MICHAEL SAMSON: It brightens people's day, kids dance, so things with rhythm that make you dance, it's just like they're healing. They're good for the public.

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WERTHEIMER: There was violinist Alexis Dawdy in Lansing, Michigan.

ALEXIS DAWDY: I'm a student at MSU. I'm studying linguistics.

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DAWDY: My goal is to do it debt-free, and this helps a lot. This pays for books and this pays for food.

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WERTHEIMER: Today, our last stop is Berkeley, California, where we find Phillip Rosheger playing his guitar.

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PHILIP ROSHEGER: When I was very, very young, I mean, my first memories are listening to music and feeling my body tingle.

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ROSHEGER: My father was a bandleader in the Air Force, so I traveled all my life.

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ROSHEGER: And he played cello - that was his primary instrument. So, I grew up listening to the cello suites by Bach, and then we also - I always had a piano, so he did piano trios, and I studied piano before I studied guitar.

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ROSHEGER: Then I heard a guitar record in 1962 - I was 12 years old. It was mostly flamenco but the guy, Fernando Serdin(ph), played two classical pieces. And I just thought before the record was over, I want to spend the rest of my life doing this, and then I couldn't stop.

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ROSHEGER: It's nice to put out some good vibrations into the ambience.

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WERTHEIMER: That's Philip Rosheger performing on the streets of Berkeley, California. This is NPR News.

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