Diary Of A Busker Day 378 Wednesday May 29th Winchester High Street (1. Opposite Bellis/O2, Time: 2:10-3:45pm, 2. Opposite Vodafone, Time: 4:32-5pm).
Very annoying – I woke up with a headache – something I don’t usually get. The sky’s very grey – threatening rain, as they say, so I set up under shelter. Just after I start, Madelaine – the young French singer, drops by and asks me how it’s going. I say I’ve just started, so I don’t know yet. She’s come in to sing – she’s going down the road, she says. I say if it rains, to come up here and she can have this spot, so…I hope it doesn’t start straight away!
Song Of The Day – Somewhere Over The Rainbow, during which a woman puts a £5 note in the bucket, thereby ensuring the song is immediately awarded the coveted SOTD status!
As I’m packing up, another woman, who’s been listening at a safe distance, comes up and asks if I know Hesitation Blues by Ralph McTell. I don’t but I say I’ll check it out, and write it down in my pad. This reminds me of another R. McTell number, a rag which I can’t remember the name of!, although I practise it now and again at home. I just keep forgetting to do it out here! There’s a Charleston bit in it and I learned it off a 70s video on You Tube. Anyway, I play a bit now and she says that if I can play that, I’d definitely be able to play Hesitation Blues. She says it was written by the Reverend Gary Davis so I’ll definitely have a look at it. She also wants me to listen to La Foule – there’s a video of a young guy doing a guitar version, she says. OK, I’ll have a look at that, too! Now, can I have my break? And a break from the bleeding headache, too…
Back out after half an hour in Waterstones, the grey sky’s still all around (but mainly up above, as is the headache)…but I get in half an hour before it starts raining. In fact, I manage to do a few songs actually in the rain (which is silly), Here Comes The Sun being the last, until it gets too heavy to carry on, and I’m getting more and more fed up with the headache, too.