Well, it's finally happened. I purchased my busking license from the City of Victoria. Gord, Bob, and I headed downtown to test it out last Saturday. It was slow going at first but we really got cookin' when we hit Proud Mary. We made enough to cover our lunches in only two hours.
Busking is a great way to work on stage presence. If people don't pay you any attention on the sidewalk, how will you hold their interest on a stage? The main thing is you've got to get your mojo into it. It's a tricky balance, though: it's hard to get your mojo going alone, you need an audience response. Give a little, you'll get a little more back, and then you've got the ball rolling.
My sidewalk presence is always improving. People like to hear songs they know, rather than the songs I've written. I still throw a few originals in, though: the rush of performing my own material is all too tempting. They also like to see dancing. You've got to be interesting to look at. Facial expressions are just as important as hitting the notes. I try and start conversations with people between songs, too, if they stick around for awhile. Singing for people is so much more than just carrying a melody and strumming a few chords, and busking is really helping me grow as a performer.
Well I don't really understand the ranking system here on Reverbnation. It clearly isn't based on fans, gigs, or tracks uploaded, because Gin & Tonic has skyrocketed to #2 in the Victoria Blues Charts.
This looks great on the profile page, but I wonder what Harry Manx and Dave Harris have to say about it. Harry Manx is currently touring Eastern Canada, it seems; while Dave Harris has been rock steady in Victoria since I was a wee lad walking along the harbour with my mother. This is hardly fair for these artists who have more than a thousand fan. Gin & Tonic are still only dreaming of recording albums!
Somehow, all of this has happened within a week or two of having signed up with this website. Something is amiss, and I think it should be amended. Take note, Reverbstaff. In any case, I'm applying for a busking license to play in the harbour this summer. Maybe I'll be able to convince Dave to have a jam with me on his incredible foot-bass down there.
Thank you everyone for listening to the music I've posted. There's much more to come. Life has inspired much song-writing in the last week or two. It's hard to find time to record it all.