Cheaper than a night at the Met, and less smelly (and intoxicated) than the Elmos of Times Square, buskers in the subway break the banality of our subterranean commute. They also can make a decent amount of cash. "Come holiday time, I can make up to $400 a day," subway drummer Jakeh Thomas tells the Post. "It's the season for giving." Thomas, who is 18, used to work at a carpet store. "They were paying me $10 an hour. But I'm making $10 every fifteen minutes out here." Maybe the president should consider supporting one of the MTA's many "shovel-ready" projects?

The piece repeats the maxim that drunks and guys trying to impress their dates are the most generous with their cash, and presumably drunk dates are gold mines. Saul Carrera, a Guatemalan guitarist who performs his own love songs, says it's not about the money, man. "I like the reaction of the people; that’s why I do it." Given the new law that prohibits buskers from performing within 50 feet of a "monument," the buskers may see more competition underground.

Also: it never hurts to stop and listen. That guy on the train platform may have just left Carnegie Hall.