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Sep 28, 2020 - 1:24:05 PM

10237 posts since 3/19/2009

   OK, this is cute and I'm going to steal some ideas from him but he is NOT  HARRY HARE... laughwinkhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gcEEdj3zarA

Sep 28, 2020 - 4:18:08 PM
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5879 posts since 9/26/2008

Seems to be mostly an up bower

laugh

Edited by - ChickenMan on 09/28/2020 16:18:25

Sep 28, 2020 - 4:53:08 PM

10237 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by ChickenMan

Seems to be mostly an up bower

laugh


Funny... I'll have to revisit that... Upbowers are rare!!!

Sep 28, 2020 - 6:37:35 PM
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Old Scratch

Canada

988 posts since 6/22/2016

The assumption behind the cartoon, of course, is that we all regard the office drudge dragging himself home after a day of shuffling paper as having an immeasurably better life than the busker .... It may be that I played 'Bert' in our grade 6 production of 'Mary Poppins', but there was never any question in my mind that the busker/sidewalk-artist/chimney-sweep had something much more like the life I wanted than had Mr Banks.

Oct 26, 2020 - 11:08:09 AM
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10237 posts since 3/19/2009

Today I was checking out American Buskers on Youtube and came across this amazing HARE, busking at Clifftop two years ago.. Someone besides me made and posted the video (thanks for that, whoever you are)..Wonder who that old man fiddler is????https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwv9lTXBY0c    Hope you enjoy the video..

Oct 26, 2020 - 1:30:27 PM

10237 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by ChickenMan

Seems to be mostly an up bower

laugh


YES.. MAYBE...   I've watched innumerable videos today of buskers world-wide.. I can't help but to notice that often people give thumbs-DOWN to the videos... Typical.. People who CAN"T do a thing are the first to say that it is not a good thing..  Busking is so easy to criticize..but so hard to duplicate..laugh  I appreciate EVERY (not yelling)  street performer.. because I know from personal experience just that it takes to Busk...laugh

Oct 26, 2020 - 4:07:11 PM
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DougD

USA

10648 posts since 12/2/2007

I recently watched a video montage of supposedly the world's best buskers, and really I thought most of them weren't very good - as musicians or entertainers.
Now Tuba Skinny, on the other hand .....

Oct 26, 2020 - 4:16:01 PM
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DougD

USA

10648 posts since 12/2/2007

BTW, Harry's devotion to you is really touching. It must be hard for such a little fellow to operate such a big, feeble old guy!

Oct 26, 2020 - 4:17:47 PM
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10237 posts since 3/19/2009

Tuba Skinny is great.. Someone brought THIS video to me..https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuNS0j5hWEY

A friend  who has a  'honky tonk' style piano group wanted me to make a piano playing puppet for him.. Now that I see Peatonal Lavelle, I'd be in over my head making such a puppet..

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Oct 26, 2020 - 4:44:52 PM
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DougD

USA

10648 posts since 12/2/2007

Shaye Cohn, the brilliant cornetist with Tuba Skinny, is also a fine piano player, and additionally plays the violin.

Oct 27, 2020 - 4:24:24 AM
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DougD

USA

10648 posts since 12/2/2007

Lee, "Peatonal Lavalle" is a place, not a person (or even a puppet). Its a "pedestrianized" stretch of Calle Lavalle in Buenos Aires.

Oct 27, 2020 - 4:48:14 AM

10237 posts since 3/19/2009

Yes, I realize that now.. I thought it was funny that the guys name might be Peatonal.. which means Pedestrian...Thanks for the correction.. I'm often wrong..

Oct 27, 2020 - 6:25:42 AM

10237 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by DougD

BTW, Harry's devotion to you is really touching. It must be hard for such a little fellow to operate such a big, feeble old guy!


Two things pull my strings.. My wife, and Harry!!!  'smiley

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 10/27/2020 06:26:59

Oct 27, 2020 - 12:44:08 PM

10237 posts since 3/19/2009

My apologies to this great busker..JAVIER  MENESES.... whose name I got wrong earlier..I wonder what name the piano player goes by??

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xuNS0j5hWEY

Oct 27, 2020 - 1:12:25 PM
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10237 posts since 3/19/2009

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqPUpjyura8     Just because I'm so impressed by Javier, here is another of his performances.

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 10/27/2020 13:18:40

Oct 27, 2020 - 1:45:45 PM

LukeF

USA

109 posts since 10/15/2019

Very impressive. He appears to be controlling the puppet with his feet. He has great hand and feet coordination.

Oct 27, 2020 - 2:01:57 PM

10237 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by LukeF

Very impressive. He appears to be controlling the puppet with his feet. He has great hand and feet coordination.


Yes, and there is a string by his knee.. clever guy.. I only use two strings and that is all I can handle.. He is controlling probably 6 things!!!!

Jan 15, 2021 - 1:35:19 PM
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10237 posts since 3/19/2009

No, I have Not been busking lately ( but expect to get out there after I've had my second Covid shot probably in late March)....
A young high school student recently reported that she wasn't to drop out of high school so she could make money.. When asked how she would do that, she said she'd be a musician (true story)..Well, the teacher was a musician and didn't have the heart to tell the girl how much an average musician makes..
I had to laugh..Why, in order to qualify (think I'm correct) for Social Security a person must have paid into the Social Security system during 40 quarters of their working life..just to get a monthly check when they reach retirement age..
Why, I remember that once when I was busking at a busy intersection in Seattle, I got 40 quarters (true) in just two hours.....If that girl wants to qualify for Social Security some day alz she has ta do is Busk..on that corner ....in Seattle......Why do people make life so hard?
(PLEASE don't take this seriously)..

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 01/15/2021 13:45:30

Jan 15, 2021 - 1:51:47 PM

Jimhand

USA

139 posts since 4/6/2012

Yep....tens of dollars can be made playing (insert your style/ music choice). Of course by the time you take out clothes, gas and food, strings, instruments, you will make about
-$25.??????

Jan 15, 2021 - 1:56:37 PM
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quote:
Originally posted by Jimhand

Yep....tens of dollars can be made playing (insert your style/ music choice). Of course by the time you take out clothes, gas and food, strings, instruments, you will make about
-$25.??????


Sure, Jim.. $.25... but do that 40 times and you'll be in the big bucks when you hit 62, like I did.wink

On a more serious note.. When I DID busk a lot (for a man of my years)... I averaged $10/hr..of Course I paid taxes on that.. Fortunately, I shared my tips with a HARE..and Hares don't pay taxes.....But again seriously.. If a person was down on their luck and wanted a job to make some extra cash, well, those busking quarters add up!!!.  There is this very, very, talented fiddler I know who tried to make a living by busking..I think he failed at it...

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 01/15/2021 13:58:16

Jan 15, 2021 - 2:45:24 PM

Jimhand

USA

139 posts since 4/6/2012

Lee, that is minus $25.00. What few times I did busk was in a band situation and we usually made a few bucks each, except one time that I had to pay to park and it was more than I had made, o well.

Jan 15, 2021 - 2:48:15 PM
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10237 posts since 3/19/2009

quote:
Originally posted by Jimhand

Lee, that is minus $25.00. What few times I did busk was in a band situation and we usually made a few bucks each, except one time that I had to pay to park and it was more than I had made, o well.


THAT is funny... Paid parking is the nemesis of buskers!!!  I KNOW that I could make good tips busking in Indianapolis.. All I have to do is come up with $20 to park all day,  $18 for gas too and from the city and maybe  $6 for lunch...not to mention the TIME to and from which should have cash value.. SO.  $44 overhead .. If I Park at my son's place which is 2 miles from downtown.. I'd still need an Uber ride too and from downtown, unless my son is around, which he usually isn't..  Yikes  That is why I've gone to just busking  locally.. Tips aren't always great but there is NO overhead..

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 01/15/2021 14:54:06

Feb 23, 2021 - 12:44:51 PM
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10237 posts since 3/19/2009

I'm Baaaaack! Now that the weather is warm--er, I've had both covid shots and my arms are rested, I went busking again.. Finally!!.. I felt safe, and asked all people who looked to be over 65 if they had had their shots.. Most said yes, and that they felt a sense of relief...Nothing exciting happened..except for one lad who seemed to be mumbling to herself as she approached.. She wanted to hold my hand and KISS it...At that time a good friend was standing next to me and he witnessed the event... I jokingly said to him .. "She wanted to kiss my hand..Yeah, I get that a lot!!!"wink  Let the fun times of 2021 begin!!!

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 02/23/2021 12:45:48

Mar 5, 2021 - 2:28:01 PM

10237 posts since 3/19/2009

There are a lot of lonely people out on the sidewalks.. Yesterday while busking I saw a couple of the usual homeless people walking to and fro with apparently no place to go...just walking!!.... Another guy had two hours to go until his job shift started so he spent most of that time sitting and watching me and Harry. He chatted with a woman named Kristy, who seemed just a little 'out there'.. She is a street regular.. It was sunny so she just laid out on the sidewalk about three feet from me and Harry, smoked three cigarettes she had bumbed from the guy waiting to go to work. After a while she did some YOGA on the sidewalk right in front of us.. This is going on while I'm busking.. Musta' looked like a circus act to some passersby.

....Later a different guy sat and watched us. .. He seemed to be talking to someone animatedly but I saw no evidence of earbuds or phone.. Clearly,, he was alone but not lonely.. I love being able to be around these people.

Edited by - TuneWeaver on 03/05/2021 14:31:35

Mar 16, 2021 - 2:59:48 PM
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10237 posts since 3/19/2009

Busking allows me to feel like I'm looking into a private home's windows... Five or six homeless men were hanging round the sidewalk today.. One, obviously had some sort of traumatic experience that put him in tears and it was interesting to watch the other administer to him.. For the homeless, the sidewalk is their living room, and I was just an observer...They, while having 'anything helps' signs or are selling artistic drawings made on cardboard, are still basically oblivious to the passersby who are just walking through the homeless' home....The sidewalk IS their home... I feel so privileged to be accepted into that home.....

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