A Man and His Music by Roger Sampson

This street musician, simply put, is incredible! He sets up his instruments daily (different size crystal wine classes), tunes them up (adding an exact yet different amount of water to each), then using his fingers he rubs the top of a glass which produces a vibration creating a perfectly tuned musical note. His skill level allows him to “play” songs which include harmonies and intricate key changes. His repertoire is large and includes everything from classical to pop arrangements. He is the only musician located in the courtyard of the artistically acclaimed Torpedo Factor.

The Torpedo Factory, located in Old town Alexandria, Virginia is the home of many talented artist. There they have their galleries showing and selling their art which include; photography, jewelry, scupltures, paintings and other types of skilled creations. Behind the Torpedo Factory is a large courtyard who’s far end runs along the Patomac River where there is a quaint doc house as well as the home port of a Ferry Boat that cruises the Patomac with tourists aboard.

Just a guy who loves to write; poetry, lyrics, short stories and random thoughts… it is my passion. Photography is my second passion as I love to capture the world around me… to make time stop and to savor a subject forever.

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  • Dlouise
    Dlouiseover 2 years ago

    Great image Roger,,,,that take an incredible talent to be able to do that,,,must be beautiful to hear in person!

  • It certainly is incredible to hear. I have seen others do this same thing but not any where near quality and expertise as this man… he has a gift for sure. Thanks for the comment Dlouise :)

    – Roger Sampson

  • Donna19
    Donna19over 2 years ago

    I love doing this with my wine glasses friend. It is a wonderfully delicate sound and almost mesmerizing. The problem is I can’t carry a song all the way through because the wine jumps up into my mouth! What is an aspiring musician to do? No worries though I will most definitely keep trying! :)) x

  • Well my dear one… celebrate the completion of the song by chuggin’ that glass of wine :))))
    And if all else fails… down a piece of fudge (think I’m in trouble now)!! Thanks so much for commenting Donna, you know I love ya.

    – Roger Sampson

  • Rosalie Dale
    Rosalie Daleover 2 years ago

    A fun activity after meals in our house for many years!! How wonderful to have it perfected to such a fine degree. Thanks for sharing Roger and bringing back an almost forgotten memory!

  • I’m thrilled that good memories came back… they are the best. We look at some people, let us say, who takes a blank canvas, a brush, some paint and create a work of art. We say, how in the heck can they do that, as we marvel at their talent. This man is like that with his water filled glasses and his hands… a musician beyond belief. The best to you my friend :)

    – Roger Sampson

  • F.A. Moore
    F.A. Mooreover 2 years ago

    What an amazing thing! Thanks for telling his story.

  • Hi Fran – as I have stated in some replies above… this man was awesome, beyond belief!!! I studied music in college (some years ago), played in many bands and have been around extremely talented musicians all my life so I know a bit about pure raw talent… this man simply has a gift that very few have… and he uses it. Thanks for the comment, from you it is an honor :)

    – Roger Sampson

  • Jing3011
    Jing3011over 2 years ago

    So interesting. Good story. Good composition.

  • Jing my friend, bet you would have stayed there for quite awhile just listening to his music and watching this master perform. And yes, you would have taken many pics of him and the surrounding courtyard as there is much of interest there. Thanks for always supporting my efforts, you know I appreciate it my friend.

    – Roger Sampson

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshover 2 years ago



  • Ramesh… you are awesome!!!!!
    Thanks so much for this feature.
    You simply make me smile my friend :)

    – Roger Sampson

  • Kanages Ramesh
    Kanages Rameshover 2 years ago

    Thanks again my friend! Deeply appreciate your very warm, inspiring and generous words!!

  • Ray4cam
    Ray4camover 2 years ago

    Great picture and information. It is amazing the talent that people possess. Creating beautiful music from water filled glasses. Very remarkable. I wish i could have heard it.

  • Maree Cardinale
    Maree Cardinaleabout 2 years ago

    Hi Rog, what a thoroughly interesting image and description. Makes me wish so much I could hear it for myself. Imagine the dedication it took to perfect his craft.
    I love the way his fingers curve up at the tips. So delicate. The glasses themselves make such a beautiful display. Half filled, refracting wonder. I just love this!
    I wonder if he removed his wedding ring would he need to retune :)

  • autumnwind
    autumnwindabout 2 years ago

    Fascinating to read and wow such an amazing image!!! Would love to see/ hear this in person!!! Very cool. xoxoxoxoxxooxoxoxox

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