Diary Of A Busker Day 547 Monday April 21st 2014 Winchester (1. Opposite Pavilion, Time: 2:18-3:18pm, 2. Opposite Vodafone, Time: 3:33-4:35pm).
A really good start: I get a £5 note during the first song – Albatross, from a tall old guy sitting outside The Eclipse, who actually walked up…then walked back. I’m always impressed by that. Full marks for effort. It made up for being shut out by The Bitch across the way – that was during the third one – a frequent Song Of The Day: Here Comes The Sun (Here Comes The Bitch).
Then, at 3:04 precisely, after the 1st Gymnopedie, the old guy does it again! He comes up and puts another fiver in the bucket, but this time I feel it’s only right to protest, I mean, he might have forgotten he’s done it. I say ‘You don’t have to do that – you’ve already given me one of those’. He says ‘Well, I enjoy the music’, which means he DOES remember, so I accepted the fiver. So there are two joint Songs Of The Day: Albatross and the Gymnopedie.
The second set was rubbish by comparison. When I left the first place, I had about £20 – £10 of that from the old guy, of course – and when I got home and counted up, I’d got no more than £6 from the second place, and that was 62 minutes. The High Street is rubbish. Wonderful Land’s proving popular, though. Nice one, Mick, though he has yet to hear it.