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Old 04-28-01, 05:31 AM   #1
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Scot busking songs

I`m putting together a list of busking
songs and I would like to know what songs
are played on the streets today.
Can any body help.
(Including songs in spanish)

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Old 05-10-01, 09:49 PM   #2
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when the saints go marching in...
And almost any Beatles song.
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Old 06-03-01, 06:34 PM   #3
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Hey Santropez --

The quickest way to find out what people want to hear is ask them! When I first started busking the biggest single request I would get was for "Stairway to Heaven."
Now, I've got to tell you, when I was studying classical music some forty odd years ago (some of them very odd years indeed!) I didn't know who or what Led Zepelin was. So I went to my then 17-year-old son and asked him. "GIVE ME A BREAK" he exclaimed, "that was YOUR generation!"
"Give ME a break," I said...so it was my kid that taught me "Stairway." This has, since, been one of my biggest hits, although I seldom do it unless it's requested.
Beyond that anything that an audience might recognize is fodder. "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" is recognized by people from the world over (it got a rise, and a nice tip, out of a non-English speaking cultural attache from mainland China a few years ago).
Gospel hymns such as "Amazing Grace" work well for me.
Just DO it! Your audience will tell you whether or not you've hit the mark!

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