Archive for September, 2014

Advice to Buskers

Just a little note to buskers: don’t do it.

OK, do it, but please do your own material.

I know, I’ve just suggested you break the golden rule of busking. But I can’t help myself.

This has been brought on by walking the streets of Leeds and seeing two buskers with beards playing within 200 yards of one another. One was playing ‘Romeo and Juliet’ and the other ‘Foundations’. It wasn’t you, was it?

I know that playing other people’s songs is the only way to learn how to write your own. But do you really have to let us in on your practice sessions? Especially when you choose such mediocre songs.

The point is, no one cares what you play. They just admire the fact that you are not in an office.

So play your own. Don’t sell yourself short. Stop trying to please the man and woman in the street. The man and woman in the street don’t know what they are doing. I should know, I’m one of them.

Songwriters and poets: it’s not Steve Wright in the Afternoon. Find your own way and set me free.