Diary Of A Busker Day 381 Saturday June 1st Winchester High Street (Opposite Vodafone, Time: 2:40-3:47pm).
Two happy coincidences occur: during Albatross, a man walks by, contributes and says ‘That was released on my birthday’. Then, just after I start James Bond, a girl wearing a black T-shirt with 007 in big letters walks by. No contribution there, though, so that might be a bit less happy than the first one.
I meet a man I’ve seen a few times but never spoken to him until now, when he comes up to me. His name’s Chris and he’s a West Indian-looking scouser. I think that might have something to do with the sailor’s from years gone by! Anyway, he really likes my guitar and asks how I keep it so shiny. I say the body’s not flat so there’s loads of curves that reflect all the light…I suppose.
When he came up, I was playing When I’m Sixty-Four or Norwegian Wood – I can’t remember which one. I know it was a Beatles song though – I think that’s why he came up because he said he once saw them. So of course I ask for particulars. First, the date: ‘In 1964’. I said ‘Wow!…where?’ ‘At the Liverpool Empire’. Cool. He must have been young though – he said he’s 60. So that would make him…11 in 1964. Very cool.