Wednesday, September 16, 2009

The Busker

An old geezer once asked me to play some Dylan. Wrong generation, mate. Your classics are not necessarily mine.

The oldest song I play is Every Breath You Take. Most of my set is stuff from the 90s. Losing My Religion, High And Dry. I might even throw in the odd Wonderwall or Don't Look Back In Anger to please the masses.

I had this group of lads once, stopped and sang along. Wanted me to do an Oasis medley. I didn't mind doing it. It was a laugh. You don't get many laughs as a busker.

Sometimes you might see a married couple and you get eye contact with the woman. On her way to M&S or Sainsbury's, the old man in tow. At that moment you feel like you're singing just to her. That's a sweet feeling, that connection. A sweet feeling.

15 comments:

  1. You can tell by the embarrassed look on the bloke's face that his "Fire and Rain" has failed to impress his lady on numerous occasions.

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  2. What no Cat Stevens or Donovon?

    Everybody knows that the only reason that boys learn to play an instrument is to "get chicks."

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  3. Rog - There's only one James Taylor. Thank the Lord.

    Donn - There's a new generation of buskers out there. A Britpop generation.

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  4. Stairway to Heaven!

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  5. The fast bit on acoustic guitar must take it out of you.

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  6. Let it Shine? That would be outside Morrisons.
    Sx

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  7. I read this yesterday and didn't know what to put except it sounds like it was written by Tom606!

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  8. Oasis medley - just up my alley mate.
    Especially with eye contact on my way to Primark.
    Don't suppose you do Streets of London...seeing as you're so modern and that.

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  9. Scarlet - Take That back to the trolley park.

    Ziggi - I must be maturing as a writer.

    Kaz - Not even the Anti-Nowhere League version.

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  10. I remember reading an interview with the New Model Army's vocalist - he reckoned he earned loads doing the busking rounds.

    How did you do?

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  11. But wait....

    You listen to Marvin....

    Or is it Spandau Ballet?

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  12. This is the sound of my soul.

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  13. I never knew that you were a busker old bean. Top marks.

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