Every day for the past week, a man was sitting in front of my local supermarket, playing guitar. He was dressed as a cowboy and sang country songs with that voice that only true country singers have. He was really good, yet nobody noticed him. In his guitar case there were only a few coins, most just 20 cents. But he kept singing. Day after day, he sang his songs, hoping anyone would notice.
I had been watching him for a while. I decided to throw something in his guitar case. A euro was all I had and as I passed him I threw it in the case. He looked up at me. He mimed Thank You
while he kept playing. I smiled at him. You’re welcome, I meant to say.
I see you.
For so long, we have let the music industry decide what we like and what we don’t like. For so long, we have left these talented artists, who for whatever reason weren’t picked up by the industry, unnoticed. But times have changed now. These artists are out there and they are asking for support. Our support. The support of the listeners. The music fans. Whether they are busking on the streets or finding their audience online, they are out there and they need us to spread their carefully crafted art with the world. There are projects such as Kickstarter or Pledgemusic where you can donate money to a project in exchange for something. Or you can donate money to the street artists, living statues and musicians. That is the future of art.
In case you do have some money to spare, a very talented musician has a pledge campaign going on. Her name is Erika, her project name is Onna. She is insanely talented and she needs your help. Click here to go to her pledge page. To find out more about Erika and her music, click here.
Support artists who need it. Make a difference!