19 July 2014

Busking: I Like It


You might remember a post I did last October called 'Ticked Off The Bucket List - Busking', where I rambled on about my first time busking and why it was so awesome. Today, I'm kinda revisiting that by rambling on about my second time busking and why I now want to busk all day, every day. :D 

On Thursday, I went out busking again with my friend, Beka. Last time, I stayed at her's the night before so we could get some more practice in and get the bus together but this time, I just got the bus in by myself, with Beka getting on the same bus at the stop outside her house (she lives half an hour away). I feels weird to be able to say that I got a bus alone because, until last month, I was completely unable to get on public transport without someone with me. One thing I didn't quite think through was the looks I would get, getting on a bus at 8am with a ukulele. That was...an experience. :'D We were in Costa by 9am, writing out some last minute chords and getting some caffeine to keep us upright, then out on the street by 9:20am. Like last time, I wasn't actually all that nervous before we started - I had a tiny little panic for a minute but as soon as we started, I was fine. It might seem kinda unlikely but I'm actually ridiculously quiet and socially awkward so it's pretty bizarre that I can stand on a street corner and perform for a load of strangers. It's not as difficult as it seems and I find comfort in the fact that the people who pass will most likely never see me again. So yeah, 10 out of 10, would recommend to a friend (I say that way too often). 

Back in October, we ran into a few real-life trolls (a man who thought music could have a sexual preference and three 12 year-old boys in chinos who said they'd 'gie us 5p fir a gid song' (direct quote)) but this time, we were pretty much left alone. The only hecklers we got were just telling Beka to go and sing on The X-Factor or asking if we knew any Status Quo. We weren't completely fortunate though as an old 6th year walked past at one point, causing me to shout something I probably shouldn't repeat and stop playing mid-song. I wasn't expecting to see him and I wasn't all that happy about it. :'D I think he might have actually passed us during Year 3000.

We played for about 4 hours - 5 if you include breaks - and made just over £30 between us which is a whole lot better than last time. I was really quite worried that the last time was just beginners luck and that we would go home this time with £2.30, some spit and a paperclip. Busking has made me realise that people can actually be very nice and generous...^_^ There were quite a few moments where I wouldn't have given us money because I'm not kidding when I say we were out of practice. We tried though and had fun, and that's all that matters. 

Two days later and my hands are still aching but it was all worth it because I honestly think busking is one of my favourite things now. I said this in the last post but if you play an instrument or sing, I'd seriously recommend that you consider busking - it's such a good experience.

Lots of love, Cat
xxx

14 comments:

  1. Wow! Sounds like you had a brilliant time! I'm really glad that you enjoyed yourself - and well done with the bus too :)
    Busking is one of those things that for me would be a challenging experience, not just because of the fact that a keyboard is a difficult thing to carry around as would be one of the other instruments I play - the cello, but also because of my anxiety. I just think as much as I like the sound of it, it's not for me.
    Loved this post :) xx

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    1. Busking definitely isn't for everyone but maybe you'll decide to give it a go in the future. ^_^ xx

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  2. well done! If I could play or sing I would *love* to busk - I always think that when I see people in town. Question: is Beka as in Jenni's sister? :)

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    1. Thank you!
      This Beka isn't Jenni's sister but I do know Jenni's sister. ^_^ The Beka I'm talking about is friends with Jenni, though! xx

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  3. I'd love to if only I could play an instrument! x

    Lizzie's Corner

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    1. You should learn one! :D xx

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  4. Still can't believe you can busk. Your confidence is really growing!! And the bus?! BY YOURSELF? *gets teary eyed* So proud of you, Kit-Cat! ;P

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    1. Thaaank you, Rocky! :') I'm proud of myself, haha :D xx

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  5. I admire you so much for having the guts to do that. I could never! It does sound like an amazing experience though.

    I don't know if you accept awards but I nominated you for The Sunshine Award. Enjoy!

    Marian ^_^

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    1. Aww thank you, Marian! xx

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  6. I don't think it's anything I could ever do but it seems like so much fun! I think I'd deafen someone if they heard me sing/play an instrument! The only thing I play is the piano, and I'm not even very good at that!

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    1. Oh haha! :'D Practice makes perfect :P xx

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  7. That's great that you managed to get on the bus by yourself. :)

    I'd love to busk but what is the process like on getting a license?

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    1. I think licenses depend on where you're busking so it's best to research the area you want to busk in. Where I busk, we haven't needed a license but I know you do in some other towns and cities. :) xx

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