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something to think about...

Discussion in 'Off Topic Threads' started by Smok'n Joe, Dec 11, 2012.

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  1. Smok'n Joe

    Smok'n Joe Active Member

    Oct 25, 2009
    In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning
    in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45
    minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through
    the station, most of them on their way to work. After about 3 minutes,
    a middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried
    on to meet his schedule.

    About 4 minutes later:

    The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat
    and, without stopping, continued to walk.

    At 6 minutes:

    A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at
    his watch and started to walk again.

    At 10 minutes:

    A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly.
    The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed
    hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time.
    This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent -
    without exception - forced their children to move on quickly.

    At 45 minutes:

    The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened
    for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their
    normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

    After 1 hour:

    He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one
    applauded. There was no recognition at all.

    No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the
    greatest musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate
    pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days
    before, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats
    averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

    This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C Metro
    Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social
    experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.

    This experiment raised several questions:

    *In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour,
    do we perceive beauty?

    *If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

    *Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

    One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:

    If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best
    musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written,
    with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made.

    How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?

    Enjoy life NOW... it has an expiration date!
  2. Catpower

    Catpower Molon Labe

    Jan 29, 1998
    In the Cabana
    Very true moral to that story Joe
  3. Martinpicker

    Martinpicker Active Member

    Jun 28, 2010
    This is a wonderful story. I don't doubt it for a minute! Of course, he wasn't plugged into an amplifier, he didn't have a boom box with a back-up track and wasn't wearing his cap sideways! What the hell did he expect? Martinpicker
  4. cubancigar2000

    cubancigar2000 Well-Known Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    cool and true
  5. crusha

    crusha TS Member

    Jan 29, 1998
    I would be willing to wager that the day after his performance, 25% of the people in those $100 seats wouldn't have recognized him if they walked by on the street.

    (Much balls to him for taking that fiddle out of its case in the DC Metro, though...I wouldn't take one of my nicer harmonicas out of my pocket down there).
  6. Prettywood

    Prettywood Member

    May 21, 2008
    Ya know, As much as I enjoyed Smok'n Joe's post, I equally enjoyed the piece by Martinpicker! Tim
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