busking, music, street life

Rain stops play!

An interesting day in town today busking. There were lots of buskers out which is weird as Saturday and Sunday there was hardly anyone. Anyway, the buskers at Russell and Bromley and The Face were having a ‘who has the loudest amp’ competition…. look if one turns up to 11 so does everyone else and it’s just a big ear-splitting mush. Just Stop!

Anyway, I set up after my husband and decided to give it a go. Kept to my usual volume but the quiet, gentle songs I usually start with were no good on a day like today, so straight in with the upbeat stuff, the low songs were transposed up a tone (hurrah for the capo!) and the Christmas songs (I only have 3) came out for an airing. I had 3 year olds dancing with old men, people singing along quietly to themselves as they passed by, people crossing the street to listen, kids waving at me from passing buses, ladies complimenting my skirt (gets more attention that me somedays!) and lots of serendipitous connections between strangers.

That’s what busking is about, that’s why I love it. And then it rained, and did it rain but I was in the middle of ‘I will survive’ and it seemed rude to stop mid song. By the end I had the taste of hairspray and stinging eyes but no Alice Cooper eye – Hurrah for waterproof make up. So I packed up and came home, still smiling from ear to ear. I love what I do!

Life, music

New Romantics

If you’ve ever heard me play, you’ll know I’m a fan of 80’s music. So, imagine my delight when shopping for food the other day when I found this! It’s on constantly in my car. My daughter might well phone child line at some point; I’m thinking of it more like payback for the endless Peppa Pig episodes and anyway it’s part of her education…..

I’ll be honest, I prefer the early stuff. To Cut A Long Story Short and Glow are particular favourites. I won’t be doing versions of them on the street … just singing along on my way to the street!

learning, Life, music

Nearly there….

I’ve been quiet of late… partly because I’m pretty rubbish at this social media lark and partly because I’ve gone back to school!

Yes! I’m completing the final year of the degree I started many moons ago and didn’t get to finish on account of life getting in the way!

Every cloud has a silver lining and with university courses going online this year, I’m able to give it a go. I’m giving it my best shot, I’m hoping it’s enough.

I’d be lying if I said I was enjoying it. I’m enjoying parts of it and hating parts of it in equal measure! Feeling pretty proud of my accomplishments though, whatever the outcome.

There have been tears…. lots of tears. But also lots of learning and you know me…. I love learning. So go me! I think I might have just finished the conclusion of my dissertation….. yey for me 👏👏👏👏👏👏👏😥😥😇😳😱😱.

Now all I have to do is go through it ….. again…. and check the referencing. If I ever do this shit again, I’m honestly going to be more on top of my referencing and not leave it to the end….. *nose growing longer as I type*

Wish me luck!!

busking, guitar, learning, music, street life

Don’t wait ’til you’re ready

Ive been busking today in the glorious sunshine. I’ve been out a few times since the shops opened it’s still a bit quiet but the overall response has been positive. Locals have been coming up and saying it’s nice to hear ne again so that’s encouraging.

I’ve tried out my lockdown arrangements. I’m enjoying playing Death on Two Legs, Only You and 9-5.. Famous Last Words is in the wrong key for the High st as the lower vocals get lost in the general rumblings and noise of the street so I’ll have to revisit that one… not giving up on it yet. The Pretender, I’ve done once or twice but I’m not that comfortable yet and I’ve not yet played Rio on the street.

Then, at the end of lockdown I thought I’d have a go at The Greatest Show. It’s such a big song so I didn’t take it very seriously, just fiddled around with it. Then it started taking shape and I decided this week I’d go for it. I sang it today for the first time. It was a bit ragged if I’m honest, there’s a lot of words and the energy of the song just drags you along but I did it and I loved playing it.

The thing is, I never feel ready to play a new song , it’s always a leap of faith. Sometimes it works , sometimes not so much… I’m pleased with how today went.

So anyway I’m back home having a cup of tea… mmmmmm tea….