The Old Town group will walk by and check out in on him and he’s usually glad to see them. More than the a long time, people have been unbelievably supportive in all types of means: presenting a warm thank you, bringing him a bottle of water on a warm working day, choosing him to participate in at weddings, and even having his 7-12 months-previous son, Abdul, into summertime camp.
As a solitary father, these actions indicate a ton to Puryear.
“The individuals of Old Metropolis have taken treatment of me and Abdul … they’ve been a lifeline,” he claims. “I carry pleasure to the corner and then they give it back again.”
That’s what inspires him most are the persons and the hustle and bustle of the community. He performs whichever comes to him at the moment, as he works to garner the consideration of individuals who are passing by for just a couple seconds.
“It’s about creative imagination for me,” he said. “I’m making an attempt to provide you one thing that you haven’t heard.” This suggests anything is authentic — no distinctive requests or versions of well-liked tunes.
Tunes is what Puryear does every single working day, but it’s also what he turns to when he’s making an attempt to determine out what is occurring in the planet, like when George Floyd was murdered. He and his son went to the protests at the Artwork Museum back again in 2020.
“If I see a little something on the information or anything that impacts me, then I appear out here … with that disappointment,” he claimed, and in its place of conversing, he performs to method. Puryear recalls Coltrane’s track, Alabama, about the bombing in a Birmingham church that killed 4 younger girls. He takes to songs in a similar way.
These previous few yrs have been a “trying time,” claims Puryear. That is why he’s so committed to sharing “good vibrations” with every person and anybody who walks by, supplying fist bumps, peace indications, and a friendly smile.
Etta’s Newborn Boy performs on 4th and Industry streets most afternoons.