When they serve coffee in Naples, Italy, there is a long-standing tradition of buying a cup for a less-fortunate stranger.
It’s called caffè sepsis — “suspended coffee”:
A customer pays in advance for a person who cannot afford a cup of coffee.
A customer does not pay just for one, but for two cups of coffee, allowing someone less fortunate who comes by later to have a cup of coffee.
The waiter keeps a log, and when someone pops their head in the doorway of the cafe and asks, “Is there anything suspended?” they get served a cup of coffee … FREE.
It’s an elegant way to show generosity: an act of charity in which donors and recipients never meet each other, the donor doesn’t make a big deal of giving and the recipient doesn’t have to acknowledge them.
Now, as you know, SONUS MAGUS have been operating the very successful “Dead String Garden” where musicians leave their odd strings for others. As musicians, we tend to buy strings in sets, often break just one string, then end up with say half a set left over. The Dead String scheme helped out our buskers all summer and has been very successful. The gratitude can be felt in some of the songs you hear on the High Street.
So, maybe we can take this whole idea one step further? Perhaps when we buy strings in Glastonbury, together we can create a tradition of buying a set for a less-fortunate stranger?
A customer does not pay for just one set, but for two sets (or towards a second set), allowing someone less fortunate who comes by later to have a free set of strings? Or picks? Or reeds?
Come and see me, if you want to participate!
Anurajyati (be in love)