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Mural-painting, piano-playing Axel Moeller … again

Post by Larry Larue / The News Tribune on March 14, 2013 at 8:30 am with No Comments »
March 14, 2013 8:34 am

Weeks after a column on Axel Moeller, the man whose murals have covered grafitti along Sixth Avenue – and been painted, largely, gratis – he continues popping up in the oddest places.

Axel, you may recall, talked a lot, and at times it was hard to say what was strictly accurate and what may have wandered off-track a bit. Was he really a musician back in the ’50s who played with big-name country singers he knew? Well, how do you verify that when most of them are gone?

This week a reader dropped by Bargain World on Pearl Street, looking for some summer clothes, and heard someone playing an impromtu piano concert in the back.

Yes, it was Axel. He was playing – and singing – beautifully, she said. And he does it fairly often there, apparently. She said management is delighted that he a) tunes the old piano and b) entertains customers so well.

Who are we to doubt anything Axel says? No one. He keeps proving his talents around Tacoma and here’s the best part. He keeps doing it for nothing.

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