Diary Of A Busker Day 317 Tuesday January 15th Winchester High Street (opposite Vodafone, Time: 2:17-2:47pm).
Probably the shortest day I’ve done, due – much like the other day – to a light yet extremely chilling breeze. And no one wants to know. In fact after no less than five songs there’s not one penny and I’m thinking ‘Is this the day when I actually get zero money?’ I knew it would happen someday and it might be happening now. This could be it.
So, almost 20 minutes in and nothing and my fingers are freezing, although the sun’s out – cue Here Comes The Sun, and I’ve recently put in a nice little thing Tommy Emmannuel does: a bass harmony on the guitar bit after the ‘it’s alright’ bit, and one other effect: one the weird 3/8, 5/8 guitar break that repeats five times, I gradually move my right hand nearer to the bridge, so it gets more trebly each time, and on the last one I have just about enough time to switch the pickup switch from bass to treble, so it really stands out, in a very…trebly sort of way, and then afterwards I have just enough time, to switch it back again. On the record they’ve got a mellotron doing it, an octave higher every time so it doesn’t get boring, so this is my equivalent and I think it’s quite an inspired idea, actually, although no one’s commented on it yet, so what do I know?!
While I’m playing – or suffering – through this, a girl contributes something like 40 pence, so bang goes today’s contendership for THE DAY I MADE NO MONEY.
I was thinking about what Chris Cudlip said the other day – apart from relating some of his stories. He was going on about the more psychological aspects of playing, like if he was in a bad mood because he hadn’t slept well – which he hadn’t, it – his ‘outside demeanor’ he said, seemed to reflect on how much he made. He said he reckoned he was more animated when he was happy, and people are more attracted to that. Interesting. Anyway, I made a point of smiling and got nothing. Thinking about it, I’m not sure about his theory: many’s the time I’ve hurt myself putting on a cheerful ‘face’, and got nothing, and many’s the time I’ve been well hacked off and got loads of people coming up. Anyway, I pack it in after a painful half hour. I was going to take a break and start up somewhere else but after looking in the bucket, I can’t be bothered with it. It’s taken me 20 minutes to get here, I’ve played for 30 minutes and all for £2.58 and who says I’ll get even THAT MUCH if I do another set!? What a waste of time!