The first time this happened I was traumatized – but since then, as soon as I get over the discomfort, which I try to do very fast, I realize it is completely liberating and I decided to just ‘go with it’ and just sing and play my heart out even though it was noisy and complete chaos. And it just happened that a photographer snapped me in that moment – and the photo he took became one of my very favorites – I used it a lot for my posters (until I cut off my hair).
When I’m playing street-harp, I try to play the environment, and try to see what I can make up in the moment that will change the experience for me. Once when I was doing that, a pidgeon flew up behind me and its beating wings sounded like ecstatic clapping.
So these are the 3 things I do:
– Use it as a time for paid exploration
– Throw my whole self into it even if nobody is listening – and enjoy the freedom even in the midst of being ignored
– Play for MYSELF, looking for grooves and vamps that I like and that change my feeling about the environment
I just use the situation to create some sort of freedom for myself.