Street busking is not an easy job. It’s not as easy as getting your guitar, picking a spot on the streets, and playing.
There is still an art to street busking. You want to make sure you get noticed by how you look and how you sound.
They make all this effort because they want to touch people with their music.
Tenk Cliff is one of these buskers. He has been creating music for over 40 years and has decided to busk at Grimsby Freshney Place.
Busking there has helped him realize one of the greatest passions of his life, “entertaining the public and interacting with them as [he] played.”
He had been busking at this shopping center for years now and has been moved by different members of his audience.
But probably the most memorable listener he’s had came in the form of a six-year-old little girl named Lacie.
“One day, while out entertaining the shoppers as they passed by, there was a magic in the air. A good friend of mine had stopped by to sing a few songs with me and that was when the magic happened. A lady pushing a wheelchair with a little girl, who was waving her hands about, passed me by… I thought my music was too loud and that it was hurting her airs so I offered to turn the volume down,” Tenk recounted.
Lacie was with her grandmother and she told Tenk that Lacie was enjoying his music.
It turned out Lacie was blind and autistic but she really connected with Tenk’s music.
“I said please bring her over… she told me that she is blind. But for me, she had eyes that could see. She told me she is autistic but again, I saw a very intelligent little girl,” Tenk added.
Lacie expresses her joy by shaking her hands and even singing along to the music.
Tenk eventually takes Lacie’s hand and places it on the guitar strings. She felt the vibration from the strings and played with Tenk.
Tenk removed his right hand from the strings but kept his left hand for the chords. Lacie was so excited to strum the strings and produce beautiful music.
When Tenk began to sing along to the music, Lacie lights up with a big smile on her face. How can you not be touched by that reaction?
And the viewers felt the same way, too.
“In the world of YouTube videos, there are good and very good. And every once in a while, there is awesome and then there is this one. There are not enough descriptive superlatives for what you did in the life of this little girl. Most wouldn’t have let her touch it, much less play with you on it. This is a once-in-a-lifetime moment in time where all things stop to allow this to transpire and let us be a part of it with y’all. Thank You so much for sharing this with us,” Kirk McKnight shared.
“Out of the hundreds and hundreds of YouTube videos I have watched this is the most humbling and a beautiful moment captured,” John Mansell added.
Would you like to smile and witness this little girl’s pure joy with Tenk’s beautiful music? Watch the video.
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