Busking Seattle – August 2-3, 2013
The area around Pike Place Market in Seattle is a natural hub for that city’s busker community. In addition to musicians of various ilk, other forms of entertainment were proffered, including the guy I saw doing card tricks. I stuck to portraying the musicians, which included three personal firsts: kazoo (Jobydiah), Scottish highland pipes (Brendecke), and didgeridoo (Kimes). Unfortunately for the latter, I caught only the last few minutes of his set, so the sketch is at the basic level; he gave me a free CD, but it didn’t play in any of my players! The apparent duo “Squirrel Butter” (Beck & Slavin) was a trio with a fiddle player the day before; Slavin not only plays and sings, but on some numbers she clog-dances a percussion track on a special board that they shlep around. My imagination reels at the amount of practice necessary to master (and she has mastered) such a talent.