Diary Of A Busker Day 146

Diary Of A Busker Day 146 Wednesday August 24th Winchester High Street (1. opposite Card Factory, Time: 2:35-4:35pm, 2. opposite Vodafone, Time: 5:05-6:20pm).

       For some time I’ve wanted to “itemise” my donators through the course of an average day. So for this entry, I have done just that – a list in chronological order detailing the donor’s sex, followed by the approximate age and anything noteworthy recorded afterwards. Amounts of money has not been recorded, apart from where stated.

1st session.  

Man – 40

Man – 70

Girl – 5 (x2 – came back 10 minutes later)

…at 2:53pm I was requested by a shop girl from Zoo Jewellery – next to card Factory – to “turn down a bit – we can’t hear on the phone.” This is the first time anyone has asked me to do this.

Man with daughter – 4

Woman – 47

Woman – 60

…Anthony, my 72 year old regular drops by. I ask about his iminent encounter with his 3 Russian beauties – his ongoing (internet) search for a 2nd wife. He tells me about a scam. One girl, who he’d arranged to fly over from Moscow (alot of the girls ask for money to travel to Moscow, as they sometimes live thousands of kilometres away – Russia being so vast),  phoned and said she’d had an accident on the way to the airport and could he send over £3,000 to pay for the operation. Anthony says alot of it’s run by the Russian Mafia – much worse than the Italian Mafia. If any of these young girls ask him to send money over, he tells them “No, I’d have to be an idiot to send money – do you want to be married to an idiot?”

Two women – 55

Man – 65

Man – 30

Woman – 65

Seven children – between 3 and 10 (a penny each)

Woman – 75 (“Nice noises”)

Woman – 45

Two men – 65 “That’s brilliant!” – Albatross)

Lady – 60

Man – 60

Man – 35

Boy – 10, Girl – 5 (x2 – came back 10 minutes later)

Man – 20 (“Nice guitar”)

Woman – 55

Woman – 20

Man – 64 (Colin, a regular whose 64th I played at recently)

…half an hour break…

2nd Session

Woman – 55

Boy – 8, Girl – 6

…two young “Drongos” turn up. One came up to me the other day in a blood splattered white T-shirt and asked me for £2. I refused him. “Hey, do you remember me?” he comes up close to my face. “Yeah” I say. I’ve seen him loads of times – he sometimes used to help out Bertie at his flower stall. “I just got out of the BANGER.” His mate buts in, “Leave the guy alone, he’s tryin’ to play his guitar!”, then to me, “He’s had a few drinks, sorry.” He drags his mate off, who reappears a few minutes later to ask if I can teach him a few guitar chords. I ask if he has a guitar. “No, I’ll get one…soon.” “Yeah, OK, I’ll teach you some chords.” It won’t happen.

Woman – 40

Man – 20

Man (American) – 45

Two girls – 2 or 3

Two boys – 2 and 4

Woman – 35

Couple – early 20s

Earnings: £32.38p.

Man – 40

Man – 70

  5 comments for “Diary Of A Busker Day 146

  1. Kelvin
    18/09/2011 at 4:14 PM

    Interesting experiment – An average age (not including children) of 49 years old (rounded up) paying an average of £1.25(rounded up). So perhaps, if you wanted to earn more, you might play more 1970’s stuff ( I know you’ve been gradually coming around to that way of thinking anyway from your posts).Worth a try even if it disproves the theory.It’s a good monetary average but I wonder whether more 70’s stuff would increase that?

    All the best.

    • Marvin B Naylor
      19/09/2011 at 9:42 AM

      Hello Kevin, Good work! Actually, 49 seems a bit young (you don’t specify sex?), and £1.25, on the generous side. However, very interesting. What about including the children, though…? Many give independently (meaning they’re not with their parents). I’m not sure of the 70s songs idea but mention a few – some good ones might not immediately occur to me.

  2. Kelvin
    21/09/2011 at 11:12 AM

    I’ve tried to think of a range of some popular tunes that I can remember from the 60’s -70’s period.Here’s just a few – perhaps a bit corny but that’s want people want to hear when they’re walking up the High Street: Morning Has Broken(Cat Stevens);Hi Ho Silver Lining(Jeff Beck); Merry Christmas (Slade – for the imminent season);Waterloo Sunset/Lola (Kinks);Here Comes the Sun (Beetles); A Whiter Shade of Pale(Procal Harum); Theme to Star Wars and even the theme to ‘The Good Life’!

    I’m not sure how you feel about it but since you’ve started a bit of research it might be a good idea to ask more regularly what people would like and make a note of it although I guess you have done this to some extent and additionally, some people will always tell you possibly detering you in the process.And perhaps you’ve already started as Albatross conforms to the theory.Come to think of it, what about The Chain by Fleetwood Mac now I bet that would go down well.

    All the Best.

    • Marvin B Naylor
      28/09/2011 at 7:54 AM

      Yes, I may ask what peoples’ favourite song is – if I can remember to do that. I didn’t know what The Chain was, then I looked it up and it’s just that bass riff, isn’t it – I could only play it once – like a Led Zeppelin riff. Ho Ho Silver Lining – there’s no melody that will translate to the guitar – you need someone singing it, same with Whiter Shade – apart from the keyboard riff, Morning Has Broken, hmm – no. Waterloo Sunset – one of my favourites, hmm…maybe. The Slade Xmas song, no. Star Wars and The Good Life (I can’t even hear a melody in that!)…no. Here Comes The Sun – yes, I do that one (capo 7th fret) – a popular number! …any others?

  3. Kelvin
    02/10/2011 at 9:19 PM

    Crikey and all the effort I put into that – I didn’t realise how particular you were – actually I did – good on you. Nevertheless, surely you could interpret the tune in your own inimitable style, I don’t think people care if a particular piece was created in a particular style and I for one, and I’m sure many others would love to hear your personal interpretations. Although you probably like to think it discerningly good taste, I’m afraid you’re a ‘bit’ of a music snob Marvin B Taylor. Perhaps you don’t appreciate the irony.Yes but the Kinks had some great tunes, what about ‘Days’, and ‘Autumn Almanac’. I’ll keep on trying – I’ll have to go back to your play list and be a bit more discerning myself. All the best.

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