You pass them all the time walking through different downtown areas. They’re strumming their guitars and buzzing on their horns, and singing their hearts out… and sometimes your ears. But sometimes you hear a good one! What do you do when you encounter one?
I’ve always wanted to try this out, so I went out today to see how it would go. I played for an hour and a half (wow my fingers hurt!), and made a grand total of… *drumroll*… $3.00! Yeah, it isn’t a whole lot, but that isn’t the entire point. If you’re a musician, you make music because you enjoy making music wherever your stage may be. Street music is about letting the world hear your music, and if they throw you a dollar or two it’s just icing on the cake!
Most street musicians are not homeless, just local musicians trying to share their music and make a buck or two. They enjoy a smile or some recognition of their music as much as a monetary tip. So next time you pass someone by with a guitar in their hands, wave, smile, and maybe even dance a little! It may just make someone’s day.
Until the next time, I’ll be heading up to downtown Lawrence on Massachusetts Street to try this again!