Diary Of A Busker Day 376 Sunday May 26th Winchester High Street (1. Opposite Oxfam, Time: 2:25-3:58pm, 2. Opposite Bellis, Time: 4:08-5:10pm).
Another day of fine weather – I reckon 60 degrees Fahrenheit is the perfect temperature for fingerstyle playing. Song Of The Day – definitely Yellow Bird, as it secured a £5 note – from a lady, and even better – a CD sale, from a man who specifically wanted to know if Yellow Bird was on it. I assured him it was. Then he asked me to sign it – ‘Just in case you get famous’ – ha! I didn’t know what to put as a message so he said ‘Something like “Happy Listening”‘. So Happy Listening, it is, plus the date, which I always think is of paramount importance on anything. I actually sell TWO CDs on this session – a record, I think, but I can’t remember what song secured the second sale. Very annoying.
I’m handed an ice-cream by a bloke who’s out with his family. He bought a pack of three but someone didn’t want one, so I say I’ll keep it behind my amp and have it in my break…which turns out to be half an hour later, by which time it’s mostly melted and when I unwrap it, a big white blob falls on my shoe. I had the rest of it, though. Very nice.
After the set, walking up the street, I see Woody from yesterday, singing away just around the corner from my usual spot at Monsoon. So he hasn’t gone to Europe yet. I forgot – when I spoke to him yesterday, I’m sure he said he was going today.
I set up a bit further up and make a few quid from Here Comes The Sun, in fact it gets about TEN contributions so I’ve got to make it Co-Song Of The Day. Halfway through the set, the bloke who bought a CD earlier, walks by with a ladyfriend and says ‘The bloke down the road’s not half as good as you’. Ha! – He must mean Woody, but Woody does a different thing than me, so I cannot take this chap’s comment seriously and I will not let it go to my head. It’s weird when that happens – not what he said, but someone seeing me at one end of the street, then an hour later they see me again, at the other end! If they take their time walking up, that’ll often happen. I always think that’s really funny.
Near the end, I think I’ll whip out Here Comes The Sun again, in the hope of another bonanza…but I get nothing. Literally nothing, not even a penny. Not even from a girl who’s wearing a Beatles’ ‘Blue Album’ T-shirt, WHICH HAS THE SONG ON IT!!
Earnings: £56.84 (Including 2 CDs)