A cab ride with Ray St. Ray, The Singing Cab Driver
Hiring Ray St. Ray is a matter of a “selective cosmic process.” “Random chance is how I roll,” he explains. “Sure people can hire me for a few hundred dollars, but that’s mostly to discourage people calling me to take them to the next bar.” In this gig for “twenty-four years, five months and nine days,” Ray sings all originals, which he wrote while driving. He doesn’t sing on demand: “If you want Frank Sinatra, flag down his own cab.” His two latest singles, “Future Man 1980” and “Wrong Side Of Enough” are available at thesingingcabdriver.bandcamp.com as well as iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and Spotify. Other songs can be found by clicking the music link at singingcabdriver.com. If you’re lucky enough to come across his cab—which, unlike him, doesn’t really have a distinctive look—don’t expect to pay extra for the gift of listening to his tunes, but consider a generous tip.
Best of Chicago 2015