Diary Of A Busker Day 329 Thursday February 28th Winchester High Street (opposite Vodafone, Time: 5-6:10pm).
I meant to come in a bit earlier but started to work out BJ Thomas’s Mama, to play at The Thomas Lord on Mothers’ Day. I don’t know what it is about that song – I remember working it out – it must have been more than 20 years ago, when I was playing with my old mate Paul, and it made me cry(!) And I don’t even like BJ Thomas. I thought maybe I was having a nervous breakdown, or something. Anyway, the same thing happened now – the tears were actually running off my face, down onto the guitar. I can’t work it out. It starts the second I put the record on – it must be something to do with the mix of sound. Or maybe I’m having a nervous breakdown NOW. Maybe I’ve been having one for the past 20 years! God, I hope that doesn’t happen when I play it on Sunday. So anyway, I didn’t make it in until quite late. Even so, there’s still a lot of people about.
Unfortunately, 1 hour and 10 minutes netted me a measly £6.20p – half the acceptable rate, although there were a couple of high points: I was given a coin by BUSINESSMAN (late 50s, pin-striped suited) – a very rare occurrence, indeed. The second high point was that I was able to play – unusually for these days – straight through.