I only got one set in today, at 2:30 pm. Wasn't the biggest hat I've ever seen but was far from the smallest and I'm quite happy with it. But not as happy as I am with the set itself.
Two ladies came up, took my picture, tipped (some of them photogs get it), and then hung around until the end of the song. One of them came up and said, "I'm a singer. May I sing one with you?" She sounded sincere and I thought, what the heck?
I mean, I wouldn't be standing there, strumming my ukulele in public, if Lonnie "Dr. Saxophone" Williams hadn't made me go home and get my harmonicas and sit in with him some years back.
Sitting in's a good thing.
We chose All Of Me and I launched into it. I did my usual intro chord solo bit and when it came around to the ukulele strumming and singing bits, she hit it.
She was great! Folks passing by stopped and the vendors on the bridge were digging it and I was having a natural blast! Could it get any better than this?
Well... yes, it could.
While she was singing four folks (three ladies, one gent) showed up. They happen to be in town for some big ballroom dance contest or another. You guessed it. For the next several songs they cut some serious rug, right there between the Moon Valley honey stand and Fanny's sweatshirts. They were great dancers and actually got a dollar tip from someone in the crowd.
They came up and gave it to me. Bless 'em.
Fanny told me later that she'd never seen anything like it and she dug it. All the bridge folk were applauding.
It made the rest of my set very happy. I can put more energy into it when I get such great feedback.
Here's to dancers and guest vocalists!