Diary Of A Busker Day 568

Diary Of A Busker Day 568 Friday June 6th 2014 Winchester (1. Opposite Gieves & Hawkes, Time: 1:48-2:06pm, 2. Opposite Bellis, Time: 2:14-3:35pm).

I’d spotted Rob’s stuff in front of The Butter Cross when I came into town this morning, so I knew he’d be holed up there for a few hours…and sure enough, a few hours later he was still there.

I was going to set up around the corner at Pavilion but there was a van parked, so I went down the road to where I was yesterday, in the hope of a much improved situation, coinage-wise. It wasn’t a much improved situation. In fact it was a much worse one: only one donation – a 50p – in 20 minutes. I left when Rob and his missus were wheeling their trolley to the car park down the road. They even said I should go ‘up to the cross’, which is what I did after finishing off The Third Man – even that didn’t bring in any coinage.

I’m relieved to say it turned out a lot better up at ‘the cross’. Mick dropped by during Ne Me Quitte Pas and started talking about the chords to Midnight Cowboy, which he tried to work out once but couldn’t. I said I’d have a look.

There was an odd bloke sitting on the bench across the way. He looked like he was laughing at something. He had his head down but I could see he was laughing. It was a bit weird – he turned up halfway through the set and stayed there the whole time. He did, however, come over after While My Guitar Gently Weeps to provide the most generous donation I’ve had for a few days now: a £2 coin and a £1 coin. I make that £3 in all. So I forgave him his weirdness.

Earnings: £21.25p

  3 comments for “Diary Of A Busker Day 568

  1. alex
    24/03/2016 at 11:10 PM

    It really impresses me that you’ve got the discipline to write each of these up, even if you’ve gotten* behind by a year and a half.

    At least you have coins there that are worth something. We’ve got dollar coins which are not very popular, and rare half-dollars you see once in a great while.

    Do you see many artists when you’re out busking? I mean, my interest *has* been busking, but I wonder if you see caricaturists, painters, artists in general out among the music-makers?

    *you’ll have to talk to H.L. Mencken about this Americanism.

  2. 25/03/2016 at 7:06 AM

    Well, it’s (the diary) become rather a large document, now: it must be more than 1,000 pages, and that’s just the website. There’s another 300 entries, and counting, left. I never thought I’d still be doing it – the busking/diary – 6 years later…it’s become a habit, though, and one I could do without, sometimes. There aren’t many artists in the traditional sense, here in England. Painters and caricaturists – you find these in other places, like Barcelona. Sometimes there is a guy who paints himself gold or silver, and stands on a plinth, not moving, but mainly it’s musicians – and mainly guitarists/singers.

  3. 26/03/2016 at 4:22 AM

    Really? In England, land of Cotman and Turner, and the Great English Landscape?

    I mean, honestly, a person could paint a bunch of pictures of cats and array them out on the sidewalk, and probably do great.


    It’s just that I’ve decided I’m tired of tooting into that trumpet, and will turn that back into some money, and I’ve got to get something going and it’s really a toss-up between doing caricatures (immediate money and takes the least sophisticated equipment) or doing those “rustic” signs everyone likes so much these days (takes a lot of equipment and paint, really, and would probably have to join the local maker-space, for $150 a month) or doing a blog where I cartoon about something daily, and just put it up, and talk about it a lot on Reddit or somewhere, and sell posters and originals. At this rate I might try a bit of all three and see what sticks.

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