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8 or so bees in my bonnet

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buskin' it [Aug. 24th, 2004|02:03 am]
8 or so bees in my bonnet
[music |beta band-eclipse]

saw an excellent documentary tonight. a south bank show on buskers (mercifully melvyn bragg free).

it focused on four:

a) a black woman opera singer in covent garden. why she hadn't got a gig, god alone knows.

b) ex accountant who had, reggie perrin style, decicided that it
was afar better thing to play the celtic harp. (nice acoustics too)

c) a girl officer of the israeli army who's father said 'if you
ever become an officer i will buy you a ticket to europe', and he
did so here she is. she does a lovely version of 'don't worry be happy'

d) cheeky reggae covers on the south bank by proud and dedicated musician from the dominican republic.

something struck me: why would one want to play to a non-captive highly transient audience?

ps. we used to busk for beer money years ago in my squat living days. the most anyone ever paid us was £5. unfortunately that was a shop manager paying us to go away. we took it of course (that was an hours work) but we did feel slightly cheapened afterwards.