Collie busker entertains crowds in CBD

The right notes: Busker Joseph Cosmic performs outside Collie Central Shopping Centre twice per week. Photo: Thomas Munday.
The right notes: Busker Joseph Cosmic performs outside Collie Central Shopping Centre twice per week. Photo: Thomas Munday.

Busker Joseph Cosmic is showcasing his craft to local shoppers and passers by. 

Over the past two and a half years, the 70-year-old has increased his interest in music, singing and guitar skills. 

“I always loved music but what got me into music was because I’ve seen other people busking and I said to myself: ‘Well, I’d love to do that I wish I could play’,” he said. 

“My wife and I were on the brink of breaking up, we weren’t getting on too well, so I thought to myself: ‘The only thing that is going to stop my depression is music’.”

Mr Cosmic used to wake up and head to Minninup Pool at 4am to practice in an open area.

“I enjoyed getting up at four o’clock in the morning, and the time I started would be half past four, but I’d play until 10 o’clock, I got carried away,” he said. 

“It took a long time but the will to do it, I loved it and I was inspired when I listened to Johnny Cash – any singer that had a beautiful tone.” 

The self-taught musician plays once or twice per week in Collie’s CBD, seen regularly outside Collie Central Shopping Centre. 

Mr Cosmic has planned to perform in Central Park. 

He said his passion for work and the community’s warm feedback have inspired him to keep playing. 

“It helped me a lot in many different ways, music fills my heart up with love – when I actually play songs what it does to me it reminds me of the stories of the songs so when I listen back on all these classic songs there is a lot of truth in the songs themselves,” he said.