Diary Of A Busker Day 221

Diary Of A Busker Day 221 Saturday April 7th Winchester High Street (1. opposite Reflex – just closed down, Time: 1:23-2:38pm, 2. opposite Vodafone, Time: 2:55-3:55pm).
I’m again banished to the outer reaches but am fortunate to recieve a donation right at the start – from Carol, my hard-of-hearing regular from The North. I thank her. “How are you, pet?” “I’m fine, Carol – I’ve only just got here.” “Eh?” “I’ve only just sat down!” I say – twice as loud. “Oh really – well, there’s something for you to start with.” “Thank you, Carol – I appreciate it.” “Eh?”
Up at the crossroads, “Dangerous” Dave leans against the wall on my right. “When you’re ready”, he says. I don’t even need to ask what he wants – certain aspects of this “job” have become somewhat predictable. I tell him I’ll play it as soon as I’ve finished what I’m playing – Yellow Bird. …he gets it – The Third Man, and during it, contributes – how much I don’t know. Some mate of his turns up as I’m finishing and says “Batman! – play Batman!” So…I play Batman, then – because a stationary audience of two or more scares me and I will do my best to disperse one, plus I don’t want to give passers-by the wrong impression – that I’m only good for two-note Neanderthal riffs – I go into Elvis’ Can’t Help Falling In Love, a rather slower paced tune. But instead of drifting off, they stay and join in “singing” the melody or rather “la, la-ing” it – so out of tune I think it must be deliberate. The whole song. I listen on in resignment as they obliterate the culmination of 30 years of hard work and effort. People walk by and look, some in obvious amusement (of course!), most expressionless. At he song’s end, Dave and his mate go away – “Cheers, Marvin”, says Dave. A man who’s been watching comes up and puts a £1 coin in the bucket – “That’s for your patience!” It’s not patience – it’s just that I’ve given up.
…a girl walks by wearing a T-shirt with yet another trivialisation – the current fashion or “trend” – of the Second World War government slogan KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON. It says KEEP WARM AND HUG A PONY.
Earnings: £26.76p.

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