18 October 2013

Ticked Off The Bucket List - Busking


Date: 16th October 2013
Goal: Go busking

I went busking. Yeah, that was a thing that happened. :'D It's been a goal of mine for a while to go play ukulele and sing in public but it was only when a friend of mine mentioned that she wanted to give busking a go that this actually became a reality. Busking had always seemed like a thing that would possibly happen years down the line, when I was more confident and was maybe doing something with music that wasn't just playing uke and piano in my bedroom late at night, but then I found myself standing outside Debenhams with a ukulele. We played for about 4 hours with a couple of little breaks (mainly to warm up, it was baltic) and only had to deal with three assholes which was much better than I expected. It was honestly one of the best experiences of my life and the £23 we made was just an added bonus.  

The day before we went busking, we practiced for most of the day at my house before going to hers where we watched The Great British Bake-Off and practiced a bit more before turning in for the night. I got to sleep at 2am which wasn't the best considering that we were getting up at 8am but, to be honest, I actually think it just added to the experience and made it even more exciting. :P We were off the bus and in Costa by nine getting tea and a brownie for breakfast. Standing in our chosen spot before we got started was probably the scariest part of it all - it just felt so real and that's when I kinda realised that people I had never met before were about to hear me sing and play ukulele, like what even...argh...O_O Side note: it was a bloody amazing brownie. The first person that passed us once we got started shouted "THAT SOUNDS LIKE GAY MUSIC" and I was really tempted to shout back that I didn't realise that music could have a sexual preference, but I just smiled and thanked him instead. He just smiled and laughed before giving us 50p. People are odd.

I felt really comfortable really quickly and after a wee while I wasn't at all nervous anymore, something I really wasn't expecting. I honestly thought that I would get there and just burst into tears, have a panic attack then pass out, leaving Beka to busk enough for both of us. Busking made me notice a few things:
  • The earlier it is in the day, the nicer people are,
  • It's hard to hold a ukulele up through a full song,
  • You can actually play an instrument whilst wearing fingerless gloves,
  • Costa staff recognise customers who were there 2 hours before,
  • 12 year old boys are ass-hats.
Maybe I should elaborate on that last one...
It was a couple of hours in and my fingers were completely numb. I'd ran out of tea and brownie but I'd just bought the new KIGH CD and was having an amazing time so it was all good. We'd made about £15 so far and hadn't ran into any real-life trolls yet (apart from the "your music is gay" guy) and it was all going great, then three boys passed us but instead of walking past us like most people, they stopped. They were 12 at the most, wearing chinos and all looked pretty much identical. One of them swaggered (quite literally) up to us and was all like "I'LL GIE YE 5P FUR A GID SONG" and his minions laughed and swaggered around a bit, then Beka started playing right in their little faces so they throw 5p in the hat, clapped a bit then ran off. They reminded me of all the people who were in my classes in 1st year... 

We busked for about 4 hours before going into Debenhams and having lunch in the cafe, counting and splitting up the money we'd made then heading for the bus home. I can honestly say that it was one of the best things I've done and I'm pretty sure that it won't be the last time we'll go busking. It was totally worth the blisters on my fingers (it's as gross as it sounds) and the exhaustion the next day (I literally couldn't get out of bed until 2pm), and I'm so unbelievably happy that we did it. If you had told me this time last year that I'd be out busking I would have laughed in your face, so I guess I've come quite far over the past 12 months. I'd call this one hell of an achievement. ^_^

Have you ever been busking?
Lots of love, Cat
xxx

28 comments:

  1. I've never done busking before, I play the piano/keyboard and so it's a little difficult. But my friends have a band formed and so I think if we did it all together it wouldn't be so bad. By the way, where did you get your gloves from? They are beautiful xxx

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    1. You could always take a mini keyboard out, haha! That's so cool that they have a band - it's kind of my dream to be in a band, to be honest. :P They're from Primark! We were freezing when we got there so I went to Primark and got us fingerless gloves. :3 xx

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    2. Mini Keyboard is a good idea. They had formed the band before I joined the school in January but I have my GCSE Music lessons with them and I merge with them during those. I'm going into the one in Manchester tomorrow, so I'll see if I can get any. Thanks xx

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    3. Sounds awesome! Primark had loads of cute fingerless gloves like them and they were only £2 a pair. ^_^ xx

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  2. Sounds awesome Cat! I don't like singing on my own and I'm quite shy, so I don't think I could ever busk, but it looks like you had a great time! And yes, 12 year old boys are ass-hats. I go to a girls' school now but I knew a lot of boys at primary like that!

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    1. It was! I felt that way as well (I'm unbelievably shy and anxious in social situations) but it felt amazing after I'd pushed myself to do it. You never know, you might have a change of heart in a couple of years and decide to give a go. ^_^ xx

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  3. Oh My God, you play the ukulele? Awesome! I dream of playing it, but I don't know to! :(
    Anyway, sounds like you had fun! :) It'd be nice to try it out someday; I'm currently learning how to play the piano/keyboard! ^_^

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    1. Yep! I've been playing for a little over a year and I absolutely love it. ^_^ You should try it! xx

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  4. This sounds like an incredible achievement! Congratulations, Cat! The man saying your music was gay and then giving you money was slightly...weird! Pretty jealous of the amount of Costa Coffee you got to have in one day...but not the amount of blisters you probably had on your hands! You must have been freezing!
    Sophie :)

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    1. Aww thank you, Sophie! It really was weird, haha. I think he was just joking though, he didn't seem like a bad guy. :P Costa is the best place ever! I was in there three times that day. :D xx

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  5. Me and a friend have been planning to go busking since the start of summer, but never got round to it in the end. :( I think one of the things I'm most scared of is rude people, I'm quite shy and I think it would really knock my confidence, you seemed to handle it well though hehe! Also, how many songs did you do and did you learn them off by heart? Me and my friend had no idea if we should take the music with us or not! xxx

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    1. You should give it a go! I thought that it would knock my confidence too but it actually gave me more confidence and made me feel much more comfortable playing uke in front of people. You get used to it pretty quickly and people are only hearing you for like 20 seconds so it really isn't too bad. At the end of the day, these are people that you don't know and most probably will never know so it doesn't matter what they think of you. :3 We did about 20 songs and just repeated the ones that we liked doing the most. I think we knew about 5 or 6 of them of by heart but the others needed prompts so we wrote down the basic chord structure in a notebook and just sat it on the floor in front of us. ^_^ xx

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    2. Thank you! I always worry way to much about things and end up not doing things because of it! I will tell my friend this and hopefully we will be able to go sometime soon! We really had no idea what to do before. :) xxx

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    3. Glad I could help! xx

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  6. Wonderful post! :)

    I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award,take a look :)
    http://relocatewonderland.blogspot.gr/

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  7. Aw, that is super cool! I admire people who have the ability to sing, the confidence to stand in the street, the politeness towards complete pr*%ks and the determination to achieve dreams. Well done!
    I know I could never do it. (mainly cos I can't sing)
    Marian ^_^ x

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    1. Aww I loved this comment, Marian! Thank you. ^__^ xx

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  8. Hi, I would love to go busking one day but first of all I need to learn how to play an instrument. :)

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    1. You should! Just pick an instrument and practice loads. :D xx

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  9. Proud of you, Kit-Cat! HUGE accomplishment! :') xx

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    1. Awwwww thankies, Rocky! ^_^ xx

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  10. Hey, I haven't seen your blog for ages! I kinda abandoned my old blog and made a new one, and it would really help if you checked it out :3 Could you consider a button swap too? :3
    www.eatthecheesephil.blogspot.com
    Luhts uhf luhv,
    Molly

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    1. Sure! Just email me and we can arrange a button swap. :) xx

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    2. Hey, Cat! I love your blog, it's the first blog I ever read because I ready your interview with shout! I'm 12 and would love to write a blog but I'm not sure what website I could use, any ideas?xx ;)

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    3. Hi Leonie! I'd recommend Blogger as a platform (funnily enough) but I've heard great things about Wordpress too. :) xx

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  11. I haven't, I wouldn't have the confidence, congrats! x

    Heather | Of Beauty & Nothingness <a

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    1. I thought that too but I proved myself wrong, haha! ^_^ xx

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