I played for about two hours underneath the arch in Washington Square Park, but spent a lot of it just hanging out and talking. I missed New York! I ended up meeting and making friends with a girl from France and seeing someone again who I met last time I was here! A group of very talented people set up their PA system towards the end of my set and we played a couple of songs together before I passed over the baton. It was a really fun night. And today is my birthday!
Gross earnings for the day: $79
Gross earnings so far: $2561
Surprise! I’m going back to New York City!
See you guys in August under the arch :]
Last night was absolutely the best busking of the summer. So incredibly lovely.
I played under the arch in Washington Square Park, which has fantastic acoustics, from about 9 to about 11. The park is not nearly as populated at that time, but I accidentally slept quite a bit when my friend allowed me to sleep in his apartment during the day, so I was running late. I just sort of brought my guitar as a, “Well, might as well try!” sort of thing. Well it turns out it was a fantastic idea: I ended up with quite a crowd by the end of my set. All of my business cards were taken and I got tons of pictures as well as tips out the wazoo, particularly for being right after an intense thunder storm.
I have a very good feeling about coming back here next year…
Gross earnings for the day: $92
Gross earnings so far: $1995 (32 days)
I totalled in my earnings from the day before yesterday too.
PS. Now I’m in Philadelphia and already missing Manhattan. I’m only going to be here for a day though; not sure if I will have time to busk or not.
No busking yet; I’ve been going crazy (in a good way of course) in New York. I did, however, spend a good amount of time in Washington Square Garden and played music with some random people there and it was a great time.
This guy is an awesome singer:
I didn’t notice that he was making that face when I took the picture. Artie the Party I think is what he goes by? Something like that.
Anyway, my friend Shawn and I made the most of Manhattan while he was here (he had to go back to work). We stayed at a hostel that was OK; not nearly as cool as City Hostel or the Green Tortoise, and then his friend’s apartment after two nights, AND NOW I GET TO STAY WITH MY FRIEND AT THE RITZ PLAZA AT TIMES SQUARE. Oh my god.
I met Sid Bernstein, the person that brought the Beatles to the USA! He asked me where I was from and I told him I was from North Carolina, like James Taylor. He said, “Oh yeah, James what’s-his-name!” He was a little out of it.