Down the Docks

March 8, 2006

Tube Busker All Out of Key

Filed under: Music — ealing @ 12:14 am

Some time ago I wrote of my surprise at hearing a tube busker play something different. Tonight, in the same place, I heard a busker playing “Guantanamera“, a song you’d likely recognise even without much exposure to Cuban music.

The busker was playing a sax to an recorded accompaniment, and I considered giving something to encourage the playing of different music. But when I stopped to listen for a second, I realised there was something wrong with his backing track – no clave at all! The horror! Just a tedious regular rhythm. He was still audible on the platform, and over the next few minutes he just improvised badly on the line, “Guantanamera, guajira Guantanamera”. I was bored of him by the time my tube came.



  1. I’m thinking a busker is someone who plays music on the street. Tony just explained that a tube busker is one who plays in the “tube” meaning the subway for us Americans. Funny, I imagined someone playing some sort of tube as an instrument. Well at least I have a good imagination.

    Thanks for your lengthy comment on my post about Salsa and sorry I didn’t get to join you while we were in Newcastle. I did discover at the wedding though that while walking in high heels is difficult dancing is a bit easier. I’ll pass this tip on to my other friends who specialize in wearing frumpy “mom outfits” with frumpy shoes to match.

    How about some photos to jazz up your blog.


    Comment by Mimi — March 8, 2006 @ 3:27 am

  2. Well my first ever hit on a blog resulted from googling the words “frumpy shoes” in the hope of bamboozling Google. I suppose that’s impossible. I am a Mum who likes shoes but they can be flat sensible and comfy without being frumpy, boys!! What is this frumpy thing about anyway?? I’m trying NOT to end up looking like the archetypal 50something mum who lives in the country. Do you want to do frumpy because you don’t like women?

    Comment by Lyesel — March 20, 2006 @ 10:08 pm

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