SANTA MONICA, CA—Professional church organist Bill Dyer, unemployed since 1992, was reportedly spotted Monday on a street corner in front of a Jamba Juice, playing covers of classic rock tunes on his expensive church pipe organ in hopes of receiving tips from passersby.
Hammering out fan-favorite songs like “Bohemian Rhapsody,” “Carry On Wayward Son,” and “Don’t Stop Believin’,” Dyer flawlessly performed for small crowds that would gather over the course of the day, employing his technical skills he had taken a lifetime to acquire in hopes of playing for the local church, only to discover his services were no longer wanted.
“Hey man, play ‘Seven Nation Army!'” one youth in the crowd shouted, stuffing a dollar bill in the jar as a forlorn-looking Dyer began to oblige, pumping out the well-known opening notes of the White Stripes tune on his pipe organ, according to witnesses present at the scene.
Other popular requests from the few that would stop to listen to Dyer’s set reportedly included “Sweet Child O’ Mine,” “Nothing Else Matters,” and “Smells Like Teen Spirit.”
As the sun set, Dyer began packing up his massive instrument for the night, having earned a respectable $8.32 in tips, according to sources.