How many of us on our daily commute walk by these people in the underground or on the streets busking? How many of us stop to listen? How many of us turn our noses up in disgust, looking at them like disease riddled vermin, infesting the public, poisoning us by ‘injecting’ their ‘music’ into our earholes? How many of us wish they’d stop that almighty racket? How many of us drop some money in their hats, cases, etc.?
People busk for different reasons. Many famous actors/actresses, magicians and musicians began their careers by busking in the streets. People busk perhaps because they want to be heard on a free, public stage with an ever-changing audience. Maybe someone might walk by and offer them a deal. Others busk because they need the money. They don’t have a job, or have a low paying job and they’re seeking to supplement their income by busking. Some people busk just for the hell of it.
Whatever their reasons, buskers add some ‘flavour’ to daily life and I have to admit I do find it quite refreshing walking through the underground listening to these talented musicians breaking up the monotonous drone of feet rushing to get from A to B. I enjoy stopping and watching them perform in the streets occasionally. They are a welcome distraction from the machine that is my mind running on overdrive.
This post is dedicated to the street performers who entertain us for whatever reason. Next time you walk past one, drop them a few coins. You don’t know their situation and those few pennies or pounds might be their meal for the day. It might help to fund a new instrument or repair it, or even help with their tuition. You never know. I’d rather see people busking, perfecting and sharing their art/skill/talent rather than robbing and stealing, or just doing nothing and taking our hard earned taxes to live on. One love.