So the man gave me his chips after tipping me, and I ate them. The way I figure it, it meant I didn’t have to pay for my own lunch.
As I wrote previously, buskers are viewed as musical beggars. But the people that I perform with are amazing. Some of them look a little long in the tooth, and possibly a little disheveled – but they are human beings nonetheless, and they, like me, choose to eke out a living from music. I have huge respect for them. Perhaps in New York and London, where buskers perform at subway and underground stations (as in Moscow), buskers are probably seen as dodgy too. But I will say this: if a singing student of mine told me that they were terrified of performing, I would take them with me to The Zone and get them to sing in front of people. That will soon cure their stage fright. I will write about this in another blog post in the future. Read more