A city sidewalk, a park, a square can turn into a completely different space if you put some soul into it. A song or two can completely change a persons mood or brighten their day. Music is a powerful means of social alchemy; meeting people, making friends, gaining access to new places, getting free stuff.
I carry my princess (guitalele) everywhere I go because you never know when people might need it a little elevation. She dosen’t travel in a case for the same reason cowboys don’t carry their guns in cases.
Every now and then we’ll spontaneously (or on very short notice) meet up with friends and seize a corner or park bench to prove that you don’t need to spend money to have yourself a good time, that you don’t need to know someone to share, and you don’t need to be a professional to share in artistic rapture.