During the summer, the farmer's market opens up once a week down the street from work. I went for the first time this season yesterday, and was a bit disappointed. There were only 2 produce vendors, and the rest were artisans. The man I bought beef jerky and sausage from all last year was absent, as were the people who made the marvellous cheese. I guess they didn't make enough to want to come back. It's not my fault. I wound up with just beans and carrots.
However, there was one familiar face that I was very pleased to see; that of one of the street performers. The street performers downtown usually aren't repeat acts. I'm not sure why as they are actually getting paid to be there, but I periodically see ones whom I am really impressed with (like the Orange Man, who juggled on stilts in furry pants) and watch for them. Usually I never see them again!
But there's this one woman who often sat by the water wheel fountain with her guitar wearing hippie panchos. I was indifferent to her at first (not a big blues fan), but she grew on me - her presence is warm and she is aware of the passers-by. She sits there with her dark hair pulled back, freckles popping out, eyes twinkling, and smiling - even glowing - while she sings the blues. She nods to the people who walk by and she has a unique earthy voice.
Since there weren't many vendors I was intersted in, I bought a snow cone and sat in front of her to eat it, periodically cheering for her. Most of the songs she sings she wrote herself but that day, to my delight, she departed from the blues to sing "Would You Like to Swing on a Star?"
I finally caved in and bought one of her CDs. It was only ten bucks. It's far more than ten bucks of goodness, though, so I think that I'll buy her other CD the next time I see her. My favorite song ("Catch o' the Day") was a short, adorable ditty about a woman trying to convince a guy to go fishing with her because she has a crush. So cute. I want to turn it into a burlesque act eventually...
The website could use some work, but here she is:
And here are reviews for the album I bought, with music samples: