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What are your thoughts on street performers? Our discussion is centered on the folks who endeavor to make a little music, do a little dance or tell a few jokes, you name it it’s out there......You can get all of this for some change or If you're feeling generous, leave a dollar or two to the artists of the street.

Wow! There are so many types of performers on the urban streets of many towns.....And I will admit, I've seen and heard a number of street performers who impressed me. While sitting at an intersection, waiting for the light to change, I saw a young man with a couple of 5 gallon buckets, seemingly screwed together. Using drum sticks, he put on a stunning display of talent. Before I realized, the light changed and I had to drive off. Unfortunately, I couldn't hold up traffic to give him any money but strangely I never saw him again.

I've seen guitar players, saxophonists.......I saw a guy playing a bass guitar, with a small amplifier. He had it plugged into a hidden receptacle in the park. This guy could actually play, which makes me wonder if he perhaps plays gig's during the evening hours. I don't know but I do know that his skill level puts him on the professional level. I also noticed that he had quite a collection of dollar bills as well, a few of which was from yours truly.

Should I give a donation? I used to hesitate before giving a little donation to these people but now my resolve is to help out as much as possible. Some street performers are out there because of what many people suffer from and that is mental instability, meaning that if this person could in any way work a regular job, he likely would......This does not give a pass, however to someone who simply refuses to work!

Caution when donating! Even though you are likely to be in a heavily populated area you have to be extremely careful when handing out a donation. Suggestion #1. Whatever you decide to donate, have it ready in hand and not pull out wallet, looking for your money.....This is because robberies have occurred as a result of someone in the not so far distance, watching your every move and then follow you where there are less people.

Suggestion #2. Be deliberate! Some performers, while not necessarily satisfied with what you donated may ask you for more money.....it is an extremely kind act on your part to give, period! So don't become intimidated and go reaching for purse or wallet, it’s too big a chance. On the other hand, most performers are very appreciative and look forward to you coming back to see them next time.

Diamond in the rough. Surprisingly, some performers have been fortunate enough to be discovered and made it big in the entertainment business.....Is that wild or what? After seeing that bucket drummer I spoke about earlier, I started to go looking for second hand drum kits for sale......I believe I would have tried to help the guy, if I could have found him. People like him actually teach us how to make music a true part of lives, I say this because many of these people have no place to live, so whatever resources they earn, goes toward their survival.

In conclusion, I just wanted to bring some awareness to those on the streets that would do better If they could, so the next time you see one of those live street performances, enjoy the show and by all means tell em' you did and help em' out with a dollar or two.....After all, they’re trying to earn it.


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