This is me singing “Summertime” under the arch at Washington Square Park.  And guess what, you guys?  I made jazz combo at UNC!  I’m so excited!

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humansofnewyork:

I see this woman almost every time I go to Washington Square Park. She seems to take a daily lap around the park, stopping at every street performer and doling out a little appreciation.

A little kindness and encouragement can go a long way. — tanya b.

I saw that guy two days ago!

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humansofnewyork:

I see this woman almost every time I go to Washington Square Park. She seems to take a daily lap around the park, stopping at every street performer and doling out a little appreciation.

A little kindness and encouragement can go a long way. — tanya b.

I saw that guy two days ago!

(Source: humansofnewyork, via mphillipsmusic)

Last Night

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

Busking under the arch at Washington Square Park…
Thank you Robert!

Busking under the arch at Washington Square Park…

Thank you Robert!

So…change of plans

Surprise!  I’m going back to New York City!

See you guys in August under the arch :]

Washington Square Park

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.

Sorry for not posting

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.

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