July 16, 2008 at 10:54 AMI'm on YouTube after all! The Belmont Farmers' Market revamped its website this spring, in time for opening day in June, and they included a blurb about last year's community performers.
This clip starts with 2 of the kids who performed last year playing Bach and ends with me, playing "O Sole Mio." It has me labeled as a violinist, even though I'm playing a viola.
These kids, and another girl my daughter went to see a couple weeks ago, inspired her and she asked if she could play too. So, my daughter and I are planning to play again next week. She only has about 10 minutes of music, mostly duets with me, but she's quite excited about it. I wrote a B part for the viola to accompany her on "Home Sweet Home" and "On the Road to Boston" in the Easiest Fiddling Book that Laurie Niles recommended we do for the summer. If she actually goes through with it (still not a sure thing, given her past experience with performance), she will get a gift certificate from one of the merchants.
But last year someone put a dollar in my case anyway, even though I had it closed behind me. I think if we wanted to busk for charity there might be other venues that could work just as well or better. I keep thinking that some day I'll try the Harvard Square T stop, where the cello guy busks (not at the same time as him, but he's not there every day). He plays the same Bach suites I do and sometimes draws a pretty big crowd.
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