You know a lot of times we are in a pub or restaurant with a hard working musician giving their all in the background and we hardly know it. It’s not because they are not giving it their all, it is not because they are not talented, it is because we are busy, caught up in our everyday mentality. We need to take a bit of time and give these musicians a bit of love and recognition. Because in the end we really do like some good live music, it makes our time out really special. What can be better than a soulful song, good friends, good food, and good libation………. nothing…..in my humble opinion.
What does it take to throw a dollar or two into a tip jar?
What does that do to that hard working musician?
Well it keeps them going, helps them stay positive, helps them believe that they are appreciated, and maybe it helps keeping good honest music alive in this world, not such a bad thing.
My wife teases me, but I am proud of the fact that I ran across the steet to throw a couple of dollars into a tip jar of a girl singing at an Old Orchard Beach bar. She was awesome, she was old school, she was unafraid, she deserved to be told she was good. I only wish I was there for the whole show.
Buskers giving it their all on the street, some are good, some are bad, and some are tremendous. When you find tremendous throw some dough their way, they may just need that justification to take it to the next level.
Who are these Buskers? Well in times gone by- you might have heard- Luke Kelly, Jim McCann, Paddy Reilly, or some unknown phenomonal superstar singing the best version of Raglan Road you ever heard (Damien Dempsey). Why can’t we throw a bit of money at them? help them out a bit? Do we have to wait till they are filling the concert halls and charging $ 60.00 a pop?
The next time you hear a young artist groping their way through a set, an unknown artist belting a great tune, or a seasoned folkster not giving in to the commercial way of doing things, show them some love, and keep them playing, we all make out better.