The Tiny Chester Busk

In today’s account of busking around the world, not much busking was done. This comes from my habitual desire to constantly be on the move, which I realise can be a flaw at times, as that urge to move even if I really like a place i.e. Snowdonia, pushes me away from something perfectly peaceful and someplace that needs time to be fully absorbed and appreciated. To define Nomad – ‘a person that travels from place to place and has no permanent home’,  in this Podcast Episode – ‘Become Nomad – Episode 1‘, the host gives his explanation to what a ‘Nomad’ is, as he’s been travelling for five years now, living about one month at a time in places. A lesson can be learnt from this, that being a ‘Nomad’ doesn’t mean I have to move so frequently – so take things slowly, give time for attachment and be patient in the process. Part of me feels like I need to see everything all so soon, but the age of 25, means I have SO much time to explore.

I got a hostel last night instead. Differing to sleeping in a car, you’d expect to have a better night sleep, right? But a car doesn’t snore or make a bunch of racket at 3am!! haha, awoken loudly by the snoring man of room 29! – ‘dam you, you crazy man!’ – ah well! – we all snore at times, it’s part of the Hostel experience.

To unsuccessfully finding anywhere for coffee and breakfast at 9am in Conwy. Such a beautiful town with an incredible castle that sits by the water, but no cafes open at 9?!

First drive, Conwy to Bangor;

Sitting by this clock tower in Bangor, thinking of busking here, but having some weird urge to just run away. Reading – As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning – finding lots to relate on with Laurie, the man who walked to London and pursued travel with using busking to fund it. Both inspirational and grants confirmation that I’m doing something of worth.

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Drive from Bangor to Llandudno;

Walking around Llandudno, enjoying these views, finding the perfect spot, but then a puppet show taking over with loud echoing volume. Dammit! I began feeling I wasn’t meant to be busking today, and maybe I wasn’t meant to? I feel sometimes it’s a necessity to do it every single day, which I understand, because I love it, but sometimes a break from it does help, it’s just actually hard to allow myself to just not busk.

So I moved on, again.

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From Llandudno;

Here in Chester, ah finally, a spot, a chance to busk a few hours. But after 20 minutes of playing, rain came + being the time it was, there wasn’t really anyone about, which at times doesn’t feel worthwhile busking, because you’re not affecting anyone, but in actual fact you are, because it doesn’t matter how many people walk past, it matters who walks past. That one person could be having an awful day and your music could switch their mind upside down to a positive and loving place. You just gotta do it, regardless of how many people are about.

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In that short space of 20 minute, a mother and her daughter bought a CD, as they walked away they stopped and read the CD, turning to each other and smiling, then turning to me, they knew that I knew, we shared a rather big smile!

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A rather kind soul with extremely kind words, posting up on Instagram after buying a CD from me. I was busking in Tenby and this girl was watching the entire time, a smile so wide it pushed positivity into all those around her, waving her head and feet about in such a happy manner. She disappeared and came back for this CD, “which one shall I take, left or right?” as she could decide between the two designs. It’s amazing to connect with people in such a lovely way and bring something good to their life!

Even though I need to learn to have the odd day off from busking to rest my hands and mind. I know for dam sure that I need to be making music every day, if it creates positive change like this!


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A Surprise View of Wonder – Happiness is Key

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Settling in to this tiny little Kia Picanto – ‘Welcome to the Hotel Kia Picanto’, as comfortably as one can. Seat far down, pillow, blanket and with the added tiredness from a two-hour drive, sleep came fast and easy. Arriving here at night there was no detail in the surroundings other than shadowy outlines of the mountains.

Then the sun woke me up “yo, wake up, check this out!”. My eyes opened and I screamed with excitement, the views burst brightly in my face, I was overwhelmed with joy and loving thoughts. Jumping out the car, breathing in the peacefulness of it all, the sound was pure, silence within beauty.

We’re so small in this world, surrounded by gigantic things. But it’s fascinating because even though we’re so small, we can create and build things so big! Everything around us was once just an idea sat in someones mind, that fridge, that postbox, that apple pie, that car etc etc. And if it’s a natural thing, then someone took the time and energy to study it, to give it a name, share it’s existence and teach others about it. It’s incredible, all of us, every single one of us, is helping to create the world and reality that we live in. Don’t let your ideas and dreams die!

More beautiful views below from a morning hike. Featuring a sheep that was annoyed at my presence.
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It’s beautiful. Being amongst nature this expansive is really inspiring and healing, like, everything is fine, you have time, you are alive amongst beauty like this, you are a part of this. Coming here was the right thing, I had a feeling of doubt and utter loneliness yesterday, that I felt lost on my path. But it cleared as I took the time to just be and not think about working or doing.

Take time to be a part of nature.


From hiking around Snowdonia to making noise around Caernarfon.

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The intent was to busk a little, as last week in Tenby I played many hours every day and my hands began to hurting a little, so to take it easy over the next few days is the plan + songwriting is a must!

The exploration of this place was fun! A very colourful and happy atmosphere/presence. A very friendly book store, where I purchased – As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning – actually recommended by a man I met in a hostel in Cardiff, it’s about someone who wonders to London with a violin and the intent to survive through busking. I feel it’ll be an inspiration with this journey I’m on and also push me to turn these blog posts into an actual book – now that would be awesome – to write a book!

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On an end note – Happiness.

Happiness is key, it’s so important!

What makes you happy? What really makes you happy? Forgetting materialism, fame and money. What makes your soul happy? Is it creating, is it making other people happy, is it drawing dragons on glass, is it playing football, is it playing games with your friends online, is it cooking, is it providing for your children…what ever it is – that’s the gift that will both grant you happiness and this world happiness!

Whatever makes you happy – do everything in your power to do that every single day.

Gary Vaynerchuk and his words help me out of the darkness inside and helps me understand life. His words have helped push my energy to pursue the goals and dreams inside. I recommend his words massively.

Happiness is key!


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Tenby – Aberystwyth – Somewhere Northern Snowdonia

Its lonely, but it’s a peaceful loneliness.

This journey that I’m on, not quite as unexpected as the journey Bilbo Baggins ventured, but still, it was an unexpected idea that happened to jump into my mind and bounce around till I agreed to it – to travel all around UK busk and continue onward to all the countries possible!

At times its a lonely journey. Which is sometimes good, sometimes bad. I enjoy my own company and will happily go to the cinema solo or eat at a fancy restaurant solo. But not having your friends and family so close to actually touch their faces, is weird and sometimes saddening, I miss them all, so so much.

But. It’s peaceful, it’s a content feeling, because I chose to take on this journey and see what doors it would open. I discovered that travelling and walking around new places makes me really happy. Happiness then allows me to be a better version of me, which in all is good for my friends and family. Chase happiness!

He said,

“Stand up straight with your shoulders tall. If you keep on smiling you’ll have it all”

“If you keep walking this road, you’ll see your heart, your mind, grow”


From Tenby – Aberystwyth – Somewhere Northern Snowdonia

Aberystwyth – the intention wasn’t to busk that much today, as last week in Tenby was intense in regard to the hours I played on the streets. A more relaxed session was need. A successful live stream was created via the app; Mobcam – linking a live stream to your Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and Twitch channels. You can see a part of it here:

Not feeling fully attached to the town, Caernarfon was the goalpost to aim for. It looks beautiful and its close to Snowdonia, its consider the gateway into Snowdonia, which I really want to explore early morning! So dinner in Aberswifty then the long drive here,

Residing in my car again, leaving accommodation hunting too late and just wanting to cover some ground, makes sense to nap in the car. I actually quite like it, it’s easy and quick, cheap too (providing you have a car, if not, then its real expensive, don’t buy a car just to sleep in it, buy a van!), I’m pretty sure it’s legal too, why wouldn’t it be?


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Short and Sweet Way to Say – Just Do

I sit here, in my car, bed for the night, as the accommodation around here in my budget are all booked up and it’s too late for tent setting now. The car, its tiny, but it’s comfortable to some degree! Being summer it’s a good temperature to sleep outdoors/incars + I’m parked up by the sea so I can swim as the sun rises, amazing!

But as I sit here I think, what do I write? What do I talk about and what should I upload? This question comes with a lot of things I do, when it comes to song writing, what do I do? Where do I start? Same with travelling too, what do I do? Where do I go?

The simple answer to a lot of creative and progression related stuff, is – just do. Just start something in relation to the question and do something, even if its just a little bit. Just do. Do as much as you possibly can fit in to the time frame you’ve allowed yourself to do! Then keep doing it on a daily basis. Eventually the question will be answered and a new question will arrive.

So in a short and sweet way of words,

Just do. The dreams, goals and desires which you have – just do one thing that steps you closer to them, then do another thing, and repeat, one thing at a time. Just do. Get started, even if only 5 minutes a day, just do!

Words from an expert;

Les Brown – his words have changed my life completely! I listen almost daily, I recommend you do to!


– a wonderful evening view of Tenby!


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Nice Spot for Songwriting :) + A Few Hostel Tips

Songwriting with a view! A lovely spot to spend the morning. Songwriting is something I need to make more of a habit, to extend my song selection and musical vocabulary. With the dual guitar setup I’ve found songwriting to be the best way to practice, as it opens up new technique ideas. Improvisation is also a great way to write songs, as at times ideas jump out like a frog running free from the hands of an excited explorer. But I at times feel improvisation leads to repetition, maybe that’s just me, I think that’s sometimes due to the fear of doing something ‘wrong’, so reverting back to the patterns and riffs that I know so well. But as my teachers at university said, within performing and improvisations there isn’t such thing as ‘wrong’, unless you state that is wrong, so I suppose just chill out and let it be!

Well here’s some ideas from the writing session. I want to change my sound by slowing down and being more melodic, I’ve been listening to cinematic scores recently so massively inspired by that. Check out this song, it’s beautiful;


A couple tips for staying in Hostels!

1. If you find clothes on a made up bed in a dorm, it’s probably because someone has claimed that bed.

I’d been in the Hostel for a few days, settled in etc. A long night of CD making in the main lobby, till about midnight maybe. Walking back into my dorm for sleep, to find a very large man spread out in my bed, my clothes scattered on the floor….. Okay? I had my journal and padlock keys under the pillow, he was far out. What will be will be, there were plenty of other beds to sleep in, but clearly, that bed was THE bed!

2. Not everything in the hostel is free to use. Especially fancy coffee.

Making breakfast and coffee in the morning (with a slice of ginger and Turmeric root added, it’s amazing, do it!). I leave to go set my table up and turn my laptop on to upload videos. Go back in, the same man who stole my bed was now stealing my coffee. Ha! I just laughed and let it be. His face and body language suggested he was a ‘tough guy’, my mind state was super relaxed I didn’t want to disturb the peace.

3. Keep your dorm key on you. If you get locked out, don’t act like a burglar!

Last night, about 2am I was flying across great big green landscapes, filled with volcanoes that spurt out this dark green gas, I was flying to land upon it… Then “ahhhhhhhhh!” THUMP THUMP THUMP THUMP! The volcanoes dissipated and the dorm room screamed alive. The door sounded like a battering ram was awaiting to siege with an army. THUMP THUMP, followed by squeaking feet, going into the distant, then returning quickly, THUMP THUMP THUMP! I actual freaked the fridge out! ‘ahhhhh!’ whatever was trying to get in, was, f**king crazy! This happened for about an hour, because I was ridiculous tired I was totally in a freaked out mood. So I feared actually letting this battering ram in. AHHHHH! Hostels can be so so creepy! This is a YHA = Youth hostel, there were plenty of families here, so imagine the children’s fear when they heard the AHHH followed by thumping. An angry parent did come out and kindly (not kindly) told them to “shut up please” (didn’t say that). I mean really I should of let this man in, but he was freaking me out so much I didn’t want to move. Eventually he got let in by a staff member with a master key… But then he tried to get in bed with another person,
“What?! Excuse me sir! Get off! I think you’re sleep walking!”
“No I’m not”
“….get off me”
“Sorry”
Then climbed up onto the bunk bed in the loudest possible way. I had to contain the laughter, but also the fact I was freaked out so much.

So if you follow these three rules, then your stays at Hostels will be some what normal!

P.s. Hostels are great, they just have the potential to get a bit weird. But what’s life without weirdness?


A Busk in Tenby after a fantastic night sleep….

Today was great!


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Thinking of Busking? Do it for Happiness, Love and Bringing Value to Others

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Want to give busking a go?

Do it with love. Do it for the enjoyment and the fact it brings you happiness. Do it because you know it’ll bring value to others. Those three things, I’ve found, are the most important things when you commit to being a busker. You’re going to be spending a lot of time sat amongst strangers, a continuous stream of first impressions is coming your way. You’re energy has got to be good, in order for good to come from it.

We’re all passing through this life bumping into one another and shaping our paths. As a busker you sit amongst a flow of people moving from A to B, you’re partial interrupting their day with your presence. Some notice it, some don’t notice it, some don’t care and some notice it only subconsciously. So for those that do notice it give them a reason to fully acknowledge you. Smile, be good, be the best version of you, gift them with incredible sounds, gift them your skills and talents. Help shape their path in a positive manner. We’ve got to make positivity louder!

I’ve crossed a few buskers who have sole intent to make as much cash as they can, which will shrink their enjoyment, because when people don’t tip, it hurts and upsets them. No one has to pay you, they’re not obliged to, so be grateful for those who do. When you take on this mindset, your energy and enjoyment will go down a level and everything else will also follow and dip down.

It’s a strange thing, busking, as there are many varieties that shapes the productivity to a busking session. There isn’t just a single attribute to what makes a day right for busking. But one massively important attribute which you have complete control on is – you – your energy, it has to be of good intent. This is why love, happiness and bringing value to others should be a priority to the reason you busk.

I feel that love, happiness and bringing value to others are key things that can apply to all careers and hobbies. It makes sense, when you’re happy and enjoying yourself it shows, your essence will glow and attract people. It will also make others happy enjoying watching/listening to you – and with busking that’s the whole point right? To make people enjoy their experience in a town centre. High streets and city centres were designed for consumerism, they were designed to bring people to buy stuff and give money to many companies. Street art takes people away from consumerism, it shares something pure and something real, a gift and a feeling without a price-tag, there is no need to ‘buy’ you just gift, you share your smile, your time and you gift to another human who also has a beating heart, a whirlwind of emotions inside, a list of desires and dreams, a whole history and a whole other story to tell. This art, takes you and the performer to another state of being, you’re just there, in that moment, you, them, the street and everyone around you, it’s a beautiful state of presence.

That’s why;

Love

Happiness

Value to others

Has to be your priority when you busk. Lets make positivity louder. Lets collectively wake up happy and share happiness in every street, in every city!


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Stay Childish and Be Curious

As a busker, I spend a lot of my time sat down, in the middle of the high street, and often I people watch. It’s fascinating, catching snippets and creating stories of someones life; what are they doing, where are they going and what kind of person are they. This beginning almost opens up a hundred different avenues to go down and write about. But I want to write about the children that I see from a fly-on-the-wall perspective.

Children are curious, they’re creative and they’re just so amazed by the things that surround them. When they see someone playing music on the streets, their reaction is interesting to watch;

“look at that guitar man!”,
“look Mum, what’s he doing?”,
“whoaw, two guitars!”,
“wat u doinnnnnn?!”,
“what is that you are playing?”,
“can I have a go?”,
“my Daddie plays guitar!”,
“I play piano, and I’m really really good, I can play twinkle twinkle star, can you play twinkle twinkle star?”…

Their excitement just to run up and say exactly whats on their mind is wonderful, like they’re running towards you holding this colourful water balloon that pops and explodes into words, questions and wonder. Sometimes they’ll get really close to the ‘stage’ and just stare intensely, like they’re amazed but haven’t learnt how to react to it just yet. At times, this is the first live musical experience the child is having – how amazing is that? A human, a tiny and new to this world human has yet to discover where music comes from. Perhaps they’ve seen it on a screen before, but not yet in real life. That first experience of seeing live music, must be incredible, absolutely incredible. I can’t quite remember my first time experiencing live music, but I remember as a child I would always be amazed watching my Dad play chords on the guitar. The fact that this thing, this wooden strange shaped thing, would create such a cool sound, what the fridge?!

There’s a lesson to be learnt by children, a lesson I feel people neglect at times. But this lesson of showing curiosity. As following your curiosities leads you down incredible and life-changing paths. To ask questions about everything in life, “What are wasps actual purpose other than to annoy the hell out of us?”, “What would happen if I hung upside down and painted this forest that I see?”, “Where does that off-road path lead?”, “What if I just packed in this job I hate and move to Canada and work in a cafe?” etc etc. I could list a billion questions as there’s an infinite things to be curious about in this world and within our minds, but I don’t want to spend all of time writing questions, I want to spend all of time exploring my curiosities – “What would happen if I write daily blog posts and send them to magazines, companies etc? Could I turn it into a job?” (my current curiosity).

Elizabeth Gilbert writes in ‘Big Magic’, how following your curiosity is more important than following your passion. That you should learn to ask the questions that lead you onward. Each footstep being a new question, each question leading you closer to a new discovery, each discovery gifting you new knowledge, each bit of knowledge building further understanding of this world, then ultimately understanding which bit of the world you want to fit into, which job you want to pursue, which person to love, where to live etc. Curiosity takes you down this wonderful path, a path of growth and knowledge.

Children seem to have this skill of curiosity. I don’t have children of my own, I wish to one day, but I have younger siblings, and their curiosities fascinate me greatly. The way in which they word questions at times;
“Where are you going to live tomorrow? then where are you going to live next week?” – my little sister Emily asked as I was hugging goodbye, both leaving Forest of Dean, Emily leaving with the family back to Worcestershire, me leaving towards Cardiff. Perhaps the way in which a question is asked is different to curiosity, but it sits within context to how creative a child’s mind is. That process in her mind of, ‘James visits lots of different places, so where does he live? does he move house all the time?’, it’s her curiosity to understand something by just asking the question that comes to mind. Sometimes I feel as adults we get too worried about just asking a question, the fear of looking a fool or being judged by another, but you shouldn’t live in fear of what others think of you, otherwise you’ll never get to express yourself fully – just be you! Because YOU are you for a reason, we’re each different and unique, we all matter, YOU matter!

Following the curiosity of a child’s curiosity asking questions, I’ve started doing it more. Spending time in hostels, passes you by lots of people, all with interesting stories and knowledge to share, different views on the world, with great conversations and discussions to have. There was a stage in my life where I was too afraid to ask someone a question, so I would just presume the answer myself, which often lead to me being anti-social, feeling alone and sometimes depression would peep into my mind, “alone are ya? feeling like you can’t speak to anyone? yep, you can’t, alone forever, no one wants to hear your voice, sorry, that’s just the way it is” (now through the act of daily training in self-love and meditation, I stand up and push that awful voice away). I only wish I’d got the courage to ask people questions sooner, but it’s all a growing process.

Now when I walk into a hostel room and see someone, I’ll ask them a question about their presence here, unless their in meditation position sat on the kitchen table – don’t disturb their peace. But it leads to a wonder of conversations and I’ll always come out with new knowledge, they know the land better and can direct me to a cool place to visit, or they’ll share an interesting book to read or musician to check out, or suggest an idea with my personal travels. This curiosity has filled my journals with interesting entries and made my days so much better. Recently driving quite late to a hostel, I was feeling a little low and just wanted to shut off from the world, but to check into the hostel I had to walk into the bar, and I had to interrupt a group conversation, “where you heading dude?…awesome! Why? ….oh really you’re a busker? …I used to be too …yeah I travelled all over” = cool conversation that pulled me from the darkness my mind was brewing.

What I want to leave you with, is that – to follow your curiosities, to go on a life long epic quest to find the answer to all those questions that come into your mind from some place either internal or external. To ask a stranger why he’s shouting poetry on top of a phone-box (oh Theo, I do hope you’re okay). To ask the world where you should go. To ask yourself the deep questions inside, to ask questions to help you understand yourself more. To follow your curiosity in a career or university course. Trust me (or don’t, that’s cool, chances are we haven’t met), when you start following your curiosities it’ll take down some amazing paths, it’ll bring amazing people into your life, it’ll make you feel amazing and it’ll make you thirst for more questions and more knowledge. It’ll also help you discover what you do and don’t like, where you want to and don’t want to be, who you do and don’t want to spend your time with.

Curiosity + Action = Adventure & Growth

I do fear that some parents are shutting out curiosity within their children, like it’s a bad thing to be curious. I see and hear it a lot, a child will be trailing behind their Mum who is focused deeply on moving forwards and scrolling their phone simultaneously, “Mum! look at that man playing guitar! look Mum, Look!”, the Mum responding after the child shouts this 3 or 4 times, doesn’t look back at the child “Come on, hurry up, stop being slow!” – maybe the Mum is actually being slow here? Where the child wants to follow curiosity?
I’ve seen this scenario many times, now I don’t know the situation or the people, so I can’t make judgement on them, they could be rushing to drive somewhere super important. But from the body language of the parent I fear they get annoyed to often at their young for being curious. Is it so bad to ask questions? The child has sometimes pulled their parent to turn around, but they just shut down the child’s curiosity. Or the parent will drag the child away quickly, in fear that the busking man will infect them with a creative outburst – oh dam not that bug!

Look at this;

This little girl, Freda is just incredible, her Mum too. This is why curiosity is so important, because it makes us do wonderful things like this, it makes us happy! Look how happy she is just jumping about making up dance moves! If her dancing doesn’t make you smile, then…..


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