Well some interesting busker-related news found the way to the “Busker’s Handbook”-mailbox… apparently the most (and only) famous busker, The Naked Cowboy, wants to become mayor of New York!
“If it’s really chilly you only need a ukelele to cover up your privates.”
In a statement as to why he is the perfect candidate the wardrobely challenged busker said:
“No one knows how to do more with less than yours truly, and that’s the kind of thinking I plan on sharing with my fellow New Yorkers when you elect me”
In these times of financial crisis these are words to live by. Especially when being a mayor will probably earn more than busking for broke Wall Street yuppies who would have long jumped out of their office building if they could figure out how the windows opened.
The fame of The Naked Cowboy is a beacon of hope for buskers worldwide. He is living prove that busking is a pathway to stardom or a carreer in politics. But that’s where you are wrong. You see, The Naked Cowboy isn’t really a busker. Have you ever noticed that he’s not famous for his guitar skills or angelic voice? No… he is NAKED!
And unless you come up with a similar gimmick you will still only be an annoying busker. Given the bodies most buskers drag around it might not me a good idea to start a carreer as The Nude Policeman or The Undressed Firefighter, wearing nothing but a cap or helmet.
“Be honest you wouldn’t be that cute.”
The Naked Cowboy is as much an ordinary busker as a topless car wash babe is an automechanic.
“You can achieve anything if you put your mind to it.”, are old and wise words, but for buskers it should read: “You can achieve anything if you show your naked ass while playing guitar.” Even becoming mayor of New York.
So don’t get your hopes up fellow buskers and buskerettes. This story isn’t an example of how busking is the stepping stone to fame.
That said let’s all give a thumbs up for The Naked Cowboy’s campaign!