Modern Troubadour meets Business King

“Would you like to hear something sweet, short and entertaining?” was often my opening line when I hit a table on Lincoln Road, busking my way through Miami Beach.

One night it was raining lightly but I decided to go for it anyway. First table, one song, 20 bucks. Second table, one song, 20 bucks. Third table, one song, 20 bucks!!! Moments after, Brad, the manager of South Beach Stone Crabs, waved me in from the rain. As I reached the awning of the fanciest restaurant on the street it started pouring. There was only one occupied table. Three men smoking cigars, a beautiful doll and two waitresses were arguing about the last James Bond movie. One of the men, a big guy named Bob, came up to us and suggested that I hit their table to sing them a song. I said “sure” but kept on chatting with Brad. Then Bob’s friend came by holding a hundred dollar bill and said: “Hey I’m Ron, how are ya? How many songs do you think you could play for this money?” I smiled broadly and told him “I could stick around a while.”

The first song I sung was from a James Bond movie (From Russia With Love). Then it was “Sunny Afternoon” by the Kinks. That one got me another $100 bill and a 3 word comment from its generous ex-owner which popped up regularly throughout the evening: “Big Time, Boom!” “Space Oddity” (David Bowie) was my next song and yet another $100 bill landed in my pocket (Big Time, Boom!), followed by an invitation from Ron: “What would you say if we all go to my place and you keep on playing for us? I’ll give you a thousand bucks and you’ll get to see the biggest penthouse you’ve ever seen in your life.”

Posted Friday, May 28, 2010 in Stories from the road | Add a comment

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  1. Isabelle Adam

    You’ve just gotta love this story… Thanks for sharing – great site!

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