BOSTON – When Sam Spencer saw an empty bench at a piano in downtown Boston on Tuesday, he sat down.
“I noticed it a few weeks ago and usually it has been taken. When I saw this, I kind of felt at home,” he said.
The song in his head? Ophelia by his favorite, The Lumineers. A video from the band’s own Instagram shows what happened next.
“He came up behind me and he said, ‘oh that’s a good singer.’ And I said ‘thank you!’ Now I feel embarrassed because it’s his song! ” said Sam, laughing.
Sam could not really see the spectator listening behind him. It turned out that it was someone who really knows the song. Jeremiah Fraites of The Lumineers introduced himself.
“I was like no way. It did not just happen. Holy crap! It is, amazing!” said Sam.
The musical moment just feels so meaningful. Sam did not even know they were in town to play.
“His music has inspired me so much and meant a lot to me and my friends. I have whole vacations in my head that are only to the soundtrack of the Lumineers when I think of the memories of those trips,” Sam said.
Now he wants to finally see The Lumineers from spectacular seats. Fraites gave him tickets to their Mansfield show last Friday.
“It’s just crazy. I would never think anything like that could happen,” Sam said.