|The young busker in Rundle Mall. 22 December 2011.|
Amidst the energy and excitement of holiday shopping at Rundle Mall yesterday, I came across this young boy busking in the middle of this unique street. Exhausted from the shopping rush, I walked towards him to listen to what he was playing and perhaps, to sit on the wooden bench nearby to relax. As I got closer to him, I heard the melody of the carol entitled Mary's Boy Child...
|James playing a Christmas carol. Rundle St., Adelaide City, South Australia|
Despite the jubilant theme of the song, I could see the sadness in his eyes.
Shoppers went past him; while most of them didn't, some of them tossed coins into his violin case lying open down the brick-covered lane. There was a note saying, "Hope you like my playing. -James."
Whether it's for passion or just purely for financial gain, nobody knows it except James.
After taking this photograph, I grabbed a note from my wallet and handed it to him, he stopped fiddling and took it.
He said, "Thank you..." and he smiled.
"Merry Christmas, James!" Then I left.