Street Performer of London

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Street Performer of London



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Downtown London, Luis sits on a park bench, made of fine concrete stone and softened with a large wooden board.  This is his usual place to entertain the public, tourists, and a few friends. 


He arrives early pushing his folding cart on wheels, with the necessaries- a solo speaker, and his electrified Sitar. Rather than pay hotel prices, the early rising tourists, take a quick “ brecky” from a nearby stand. He is right on time, many are strolling already. 


He lives only on a mere pension, which is not quite enough to cover his rent in a boarding house. People are usually generous and are intrigued by his odd instrument. 


Behind him, a lone horse and carriage pass. The horse is very slim, proving that he is worked every day to take tourists on a short tour of the downtown streets.  The cobblestones are hard on his hooves, but he doesn’t seem to complain, while he is fed well. 


The area is boisterous in the mornings, and a steel fence separates the horse from the busy street. He is used to the honks of cars and yelling of children on their way to school, perhaps a side trip to the park for a swing, or a few turns on the merry-go-round. 


The horse’s nerves are stilled by the blinders that cover his peripheral vision, and a muzzle keeps him from biting unsuspecting passengers. 


Luis plays a well-known folk song, that people often sing to if the speaker sound waves carry over the nearby conversation and activity of men bustling to work. The Sitar has a buzzing sound, with vibrating strings that sound more like a stringed instrument. Luis was lucky enough to find this electrified version which is more easily heard and draws people in. The tonal quality is articulate and excellent for audiences.


Some interested in this antique instrument will ask questions about where it came from and how to tune it.  Because it is electrified, he knows it can’t be that old, but he dreams as he plays of earlier times and his trip to India, where he saw the traditional sitar, an instrument loved by Hindus; being part of their lives, and the dances who moved exotically to the tunes. 


The day is cool, but he is out daily regardless of rain or sleet, with an eagerness for an enthusiastic crowd. 



Shirley Langton 2020


Submitted: December 07, 2020

© Copyright 2021 Shirley M. Langton. All rights reserved.

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Harry Little

Music has its charm and melody. But it's charming and melodious when crowd covers to hear you.
And the loving part is that Luis have generous fans to hear.

Wed, March 3rd, 2021 6:51pm


Very true, Harry. Thanks for your comments. Shirley

Wed, March 3rd, 2021 12:53pm

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