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How Do You Deal?

June 6, 2008
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How Do You Deal?

Buskers’ conversation: Django guitar player: “I recently had an encounter with another busker at 6th Avenue and 14 street (‘L’ train platform). He’s a burly guy who plays acoustic guitar. I was in the middle of playing, and he wanted the spot. When I told him I was just getting started, he verbally attacked...
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Presidential “Gold” Dollar Coins

June 3, 2008
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Presidential “Gold” Dollar Coins

I love coins. Whenever anybody puts a unique coin in my donations bucket I am very grateful. I have a collection of the “state” quarters and now I am starting to collect the presidential dollar coins. I already got George Washington, James Monroe and Thomas Jefferson. The oldest coin I ever got is a...
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A Busker with a Broken Guitar

March 2, 2008
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From time to time I come across cool poetry about busking. Here is such a poem by Elphyon that I found on the blog ‘Grounds for Fiction’ (printed with permission): A Busker with a Broken Guitar/Elphyon A busker with a broken guitar sings tonight a cure for misery. Between neon stars made up of...
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Famous Violinists Who Busk

February 2, 2008
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Famous Violinists Who Busk

My blog still gets a lot of hits from people searching information about the incident last year when famous violinist Joshua Bell played in the Washington DC subway. Another famous violinist also busked in the streets, but as he didn’t do it as a publicity stunt most people don’t know about it… Fritz Kreisler...
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Unusual Coin

January 25, 2008
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Unusual Coin

I love it when people put unusual things in my busking donations bucket. Last month somebody tossed into my bucket a coin with no currency number on it. So, I thought maybe it was some sort of a medal. It turned out it’s a silver shilling from 1787! It says ‘Georgius III Dei Gratia’...
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The Subway Musician

January 14, 2008
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On one of my Internet excursions I came across the blog of John Stevens, a Canadian poet. Here is a beautiful poem he wrote about a subway musician, inspired by a guy he used to see in the London Underground almost every day (printed with permission): The Subway Musician/John Stevens I hear the approach...
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The Busker

September 24, 2007
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The Busker

Here is a beautiful true story written by Margaret Leigh of Australia. She really captured the essence of buskers’ philosophy: The Busker by Margaret Leigh (printed with permission) A story I wrote about a man I used to see on my way to and from work each day. Some people can make an impact...
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A poem to a busker

August 18, 2007
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A poem to a busker

I found this poem and I think the poet has some good observations about busking. The lack of capital letters is in the original. a poem to a busker have you been a busker or ever stood like one with your back against a wall and watched the strange parade of the street on...
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120 Jobs That Won’t Chain You to Your Desk

May 28, 2007
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120 Jobs That Won’t Chain You to Your Desk

The Princeton Review has a new book out, titled 120 Jobs That Won’t Chain You to Your Desk. I just bought the book, and it was an amazing experience for me – I went to ‘Barnes & Nobles’ bookstore, bought the book and set there to check out the ’street performer’ chapter. It felt...
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Is Joshua Bell a good busker?

April 7, 2007
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The Washington Post published an article about an experiment they did: they got Joshua Bell, one of the best violinists in the world, to play incognito in a subway station. They wanted to see if without the PR he usually gets for his stage performances anybody would stop to listen. The result was –...
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