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Re: OT: Busking--it's hard for everyone

On Apr 9, 2007, at 4:11 PM, Jeff Shirkey wrote:

>> I, on the other hand, interpret it as a bunch of very busy people  
>> going to a place where they will do something important to them  
>> and they don't want to be to be bothered with some guy jamming on  
>> a violin no matter how good he is. How presumptuous and  
>> narcissistic it is of us musicians to think that people actually  
>> want to hear music on the way to work anyway.
> Amen.
>> There's the rare occasion that a busker is doing something I'm  
>> remotely interested in like playing a chinese violin or using  
>> puppets. That I'll take off my headphones for... but a virtuoso  
>> classical violinist playing Schubert or a bebop guitarist playing  
>> standards? forget it. I don't care if it's Joe Pass himself, I'd  
>> rather have holes punched in my ears with toothpicks. but... of  
>> course, that's just me.
> Pardon my ignorance, but what makes a Chinese violin different from  
> a 'regular' (?) one? And puppets?? What's up with that?
> Well, I know I'd stop for Joe Pass. Hell, I'd skip work altogether.  
> But to each his own.
> Jeff

A Chinese violin sits on your knee and has one string.

I like puppets better than Joe Pass... don't know why... I just do.