Want to experience something different as an artist? For music artists like me, being different is a key to success. In one way or another, it attracts people randomly thus making me more well known to all types of people. Performing in the street is not for all musicians. “Busking”, as it is commonly known is a unique way of showing off your talent. On the other hand, some buskers find it relaxing and stress relieving. To understand better a busker’s point of view, I decided to try it myself.
My Busking Experience
The big day happened last September 2 this year. It was Sunday and many people were just wandering and chilling around the downtown streets. As I set up my guitar, I felt like I am about to perform in a Woodstock Festival. My heart was pounding and my mind was thinking wildly. I sat on a corner next to a caf where coffee drinkers were indulging in the great taste of coffee and its aroma.
Just before I strung my guitar, people were already staring at me. It seemed like they were expecting something to happen. I then played a song with my guitar and just let the musician’s soul run by. A feeling of “high” rushed through me. It was a different kind of high compared to the feeling I get when I play in music bars and hotels. It was a mixture of anxiety and excitement. It could be because it was my first time doing such act or maybe because of the different expressions I saw on the people’s faces.
People started piling in front of me. Some stayed longer while some were just passing by. One thing that surprised me was when some of them started handing out coins. It made the experience more worthwhile and inspiring. I played music from various eras. Starting from the 80’s all the way up to today’s hits. I even played my own acoustic renditions for songs from Nicki Minaj, Carly Rae Jepsen and Maroon 5.
The act ran for about an hour and a half. It was an amazing experience as an artist. All the smiles and random expressions people threw at me made me happy. There was an instance where I thought that my performance will be stopped when I saw a cop approaching. I was very thankful that he was just checking out the crowd. He even looked at me and listened to my music for a few minutes. As for the people in the caf, it was as if they were in a bar enjoying the musical ambience.
For me, playing in front of a crowd satisfies me with what life has to offer. It can be in a concert, in a music bar or hotels and even just busking out for fun. Somehow, it releases me from the stress and anxiety of everyday life. To celebrate my first month in busking, I am now planning to have my second busking act on the second day of October. For now, I am just walking around downtown, looking for a new place to busk. I am not making this a career, but rather a simple gratitude to thank the people for appreciating me the last time I performed.
About the Author:
Ryan Rivera writes articles that help people deal with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, and stress.
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