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childhood busking

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 4:59 pm
by david
My 13 year old daughter is spending two weeks at a program for gifted students up at Western Kentucky University (two hours EAST of us). She wanted to take her guitar along and I told her that when I was a student there, many years ago, guitar players would go into the stairwell of the classroom building next door to the dorm she is staying in. The acoustics were tremendous in that stairwell, but you could also hear it throughout the building, so they would get run off fairly quickly.

I went up to visit this past weekend and she told me she found the stair well and played her guitar in it. They came and ran her off pretty quickly, but not before she made four dollars from college students and faculty passing by!!

So, she made money playing guitar and got run off by the authorities. I figure she has now had the full busking experience and she's hooked.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:04 pm
by jeffl
That's pretty cool David! That shows some bravery for a 13 yr. old.

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:09 pm
by allanlummox
Now, how are us old, gnarly buskers to compete with cute young ones?

Ah, it's the glue factory for me....

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:17 pm
by ricochet
Muscle 'em for a cut?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:28 pm
by allanlummox
That's SUCH an ugly way to put it...

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 5:56 pm
by ricochet
Ummmm, tutor 'em for a small fee?

PostPosted: Tue Jun 20, 2006 8:42 pm
by bosco
Seeing as I recall Lummox getting muscled his own bad self by some dudes from Singapore or something, I doubt if he would do that to anyone else. :lol:

That's cool stuff David...a busking legacy.


PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 1:16 am
by david
She has surprised me by entering her self in several talent shows of late. One was at the Heartwood gathering in West Virginia with a couple hundred people in a big circus tent with a stage, sound equipment and the whole works. There were some REALLY talented folks playing that night.

She put her name in the hat and ended up going on stage as the first act. She came off so well that she was asked to play an extra song.

She came off the stage shaking but it did her good.

She keeps getting onto me because I've never played in front of anybody but my kids. Maybe someday we'll work up something together.

I made the mistake of telling her I'd buy her any instrument she would commit to taking lessons on. She starts fiddle lessons next week.

Fortunately, her sister has been content with saxaphone and piano; so far.

And Dan, if I make it back out to San Francisco, I'll bring her with me. What corner is it you play on? I need to teach her to cut heads from across the street...

PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 8:05 am
by allanlummox
A good Fiddle could shut out the National, volume wise.

PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 9:30 am
by bloozegit
Bad dudes from Singapore? Gee this I gotta know, I'm living here in Singapore and if there's bad dudes in my neck of the woods, I'd want to know what they look like.

What I'd do with them is for later :twisted:

PostPosted: Wed Jun 21, 2006 2:23 pm
by allanlummox
They were actually Chinese.

You can read the details of my encounter with the London Busking Tong here;

PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:35 am
by bloozegit
Ahhh here's the geography fact of the day then...

Singapore is a little tropical island on the equator located in South-East Asia at the tip of the Malaysian Peninsula. It was a British colony up till 1965, during which many immigrants from Asia came in search of work and fortune, thus creating an immigrant society with a mix of ethnicities.

Immigrants from China made up a large percentage, and as a result the largest ethnic group in Singapores' population is Chinese, followed by Malays, Indians and Eurasians. After gaining independence, Singapore society was based on the principles of meritocracy and racial harmony rather than favouring one ethnic group over another.

*phew* in short, Singapore is not part of China, even though a sizeable part of the population is of Chinese descent. And I don't think any of us would really want to go all the way to US to muscle out a busking spot when we've got a couple of our own here! :lol:

And to bring it back on topic, here's my take on busking: ... ode-1.html

If you're so inclined, the earlier posts detail my internship in California, during which I caught a couple of fantastic blues gigs and festivals.

PostPosted: Fri Jun 23, 2006 8:52 am
by allanlummox
Nice writing, and a nice take on the Busking experience - at a different angle than my own. Mind if I put a link to that on "Busker's Blues"?

(I haven't been "moved along" by the police since I was 19 - I learned long ago how not to look like a vagrant, or like I'm commiting mopery. in spite of the fact that I spend a shocking amount of time hanging on street corners waiting to see what happens, in a high profile manner.)

The whole key to succesful busking is understanding that it isn't a form of mopery - and communicating this to passersby.

PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2006 4:53 am
by bloozegit
Thanks Lummox, that would be great!

It's like playing for a different audience every minute or so, some of them involuntary :lol:

Re: childhood busking

PostPosted: Thu Jun 29, 2006 5:31 pm
by jaybee
david wrote:My 13 year old daughter...

.... made money playing guitar and got run off by the authorities. I figure she has now had the full busking experience and she's hooked.

that's a full blown license, as far as I'm concerned - I only got that when I was about twice her age :lol: