Archive: April, 2012

Mr. Heersma and his dog, Number Seven

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Today I was looking to go in and out of Family Dollar quickly as I had an appointment coming up.  A gentleman outside the store caught my eye and ears while there.  His name is Mr. Heersma.  He was playing a Yamaha keyboard for tips.  I did not have long to speak with him.  Luckily I had my camera and his permission to photograph him.  He said he plays gospel and many popular tunes on his keyboard.  He was accompanied by his dog, Number Seven.  Interesting name, huh?

Mr. Heersma is from New Jersey.  Unfortunately I was not able to spend more time with him.

I was with Mr. Heersma for less than 10 minutes. During that time he had more than a handful of donators.

This is Mr. Heersma's dog. He named the doggie Number Seven. I wasn't there long enough to find out the origin of the name.

Another image of Number Seven. He looked quite tired to me.

This is Mr. Heersma's dinner along with a playlist of songs he had written on a cigarette package.

His notebook of music. At first I did not recognize the image of The Carpenter's on it.

These hands must have been through a lot. He told me he has been playing for tip money in the Richmond County area for more than a year.

Mr. Heersma

How nice of Family Dollar to allow him a space to play for money.


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