Busking: living beyond shame (and why buskers keep doing it)

Posted: July 20, 2009 in 1
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The weird thing about busker psychology is the fact buskers don’t seem to know shame. There you are doing your worst for an uninterested shopping crowd, begging for money, hoping to be noticed.

Buskers are not the only ones that suffer from this form of masochism.

“Beyond shame lie fifteen minutes of fame” is the motto of  the  many wannabees of our society.

Remember the single mother in the Big Brother tv-show who left her kids for 3 months to engage in sex with the male half of the BB-house population? “Has she no shame?” many of us thought. No she hadn’t, but what she did have was a record deal as soon as she was voted out of the house. Embarrass yourself and you become a One (s)Hit wonder.

Remember Star Wars Kid or any other internet meme? YouTube video’s watched by millions just because a fat man dances naked to the tune of “Tetris” or some Beauty Queen farts in front of the jury?

What do people enjoy most of a show like American Idol or Britain’s Got Talent? Exactly… the hilarious auditions of totally talentless people whose parents never were honest enough to tell them they suck.

(The following video actually combines the two previous examples)

In this vain you must understand the psychology of buskers. And still there’s a difference. People actually feel sorry for buskers. They’re so pathetic it isn’t even funny anymore. Buskers have the same chance at fifteen minutes of fame than a starving African child with a Hannah Montana T-shirt.

Poor buskers… if someone would only tell them.

  1. Ian says:

    This is disgusting. I have been busking for the better parts of the last 10 years. I know musicians who have hoped to figure out a way to make a living at it and been disappointed, but I have made pretty good money at busking for a long time.

    Rather than feel ashamed, I have been made to feel proud of my talent out on the street. Compliments, monetary rewards (sometimes large ones), even being hit on by pretty women. NEVER have I begged for a dollar and I’ve successfully made thousands of them.

    Perhaps you consider yourself a talentless hack, begging for money and relying on mercy donations and sympathy from strangers. Do all the real buskers a favor and just sell your guitar in the first place.

    • buskerstef says:

      Hmmm, it appears it is not quite clear that this is actually a tongue-in-cheek, satirical, self-mocking blog not to be taken quite so seriously. Maybe I should start using smileys that point out if something is supposed to be read with a wink, a nod or a smile.

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