Yesterday I had an idea. I have been wanting for a few things lately:
to have meaning this holiday season.
I put those three desires into my noggin and let them stew a bit and I came up with a plan!
I am going to sing for 20 hours between now and Christmas. I am going to sing in public places holding my donation bag with an explanation of what I am doing. Here is what my bag says:
I started today.
I was nervous.
I didn’t tell anyone I was doing it because I didn’t want ANY negative reactions. I first spoke to a cop to ask him the rules of busking, he asked: What’s busking? Once we were on the same page he was very nice and encouraging and I decided to go for it.
Pickle was starting to get fussy so my hope was that she would fall asleep once I started. Mission Accomplished.
I first chose a spot by Macy’s but then realized that the window display had fairly loud music and there were also many indigent people sitting around me, which I was cool with, but I had a few goals in mind: traffic, safety, & acoustics (ha!) so that did not pass the safety test. I walked a block south and ended up singing near a crosswalk at 33rd near 6th Ave.
Here was my view:
Once I felt situated, I just STARTED singing. As soon as I started singing all fear went away. It was so liberating to just sing the highest notes as loud as I could for anyone to enjoy.
Here is what I observed hour 1:
not many people stop
a few people reach into their pockets and then change their mind or realize they have no money
a few people read my sign
a few people took my photo
there was one girl with a beautiful blond braid wearing red who read my sign and took my photo and I was hoping she would be my first tweet
men give more than women
one person told me to: “Shut up already” but he did it passive aggressively and he was the only one
most people put money in the bag, but some handed it straight to me
minorities give more than white people
I felt like I was in a little fish bowl. I could see out and observe and they treated me a little like I was untouchable too. It was fascinating. I will be glad when my sinus infection is over because I won’t have to clear my throat as much. I forgot my words a few times because I got distracted by observing. I need to hydrate more BEFORE I begin. At the 40 minute mark it started to get a little tingly in my fingers, but I also did NOT have my gloves on. I will try to busk outside when it is a weather day like today, and when it’s not I will do the indoor places.
I look forward to other singers joining me, but I did have a wonderful time alone, and I think this will be JUST the thing to make my holiday season VERY special. A gift to myself!