Sunday, May 8, 2011

Casper the Friendly Busker

I came across this fellow the other day on my way to yoga.

I looked at his set up and thought "That's the most brilliant marketing I've seen in a while!" With my class starting in 10 minutes I was running short of time, so I made a point of going back to talk to him after class. Turns out it wasn't just marketing.

Casper is a lyricist by trade, and got into busking little under a year ago. It took him quite a while to make the jump from song writing to busking, as he said he was afraid of exposing himself and who he really is to the world.

Aren't we all.

I'm sure every pf blogger out there had a fear of exposing themselves when they started writing. It's scary! You're putting yourself out there for all the world to see, for better or for worse. We expose our debts, our financial struggles, our ups and downs. We expose things to complete strangers that we're scared, or don't want to, share with our closest friends and family. We hide in semi or complete anonymity, with only a few exposing themselves to the world completely once their debts are paid off.

Casper stands on the street in person; sharing his songs, his food, and his love, with anyone who wants it. You don't have to be homeless, or even having money difficulties, to take a bottle of water or an apple from his blanket. He just wants to give and spread the love.

We as bloggers do our best to spread the experience, tips and tricks that we've learned along the way, in hopes that someone else will learn from our successes and our mistakes.

I don't know if he makes enough to live on, or if he makes just enough to purchase things to give away, but his generosity is inspiring. The world needs more Caspers.

If you're ever down on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton, keep your eyes peeled for him. He'd love to talk to you.

So would I.


Jackie said...

I agree we do need more Caspers in the world. If more people reached out to just be nice or share something, the world would be a different place. Many times I go through my day without a single person making eye contact with me as they just walk past absorbed in their own world.
I think this concept of sharing is why I love the blogging world so much.

Cassie said...

I agree with you. I love interacting with people through our blogs :) I quite enjoy the whole teaching/learning exchange we do on here.