people i love: susan.
people i love: susan.
Washington, DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. The man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approximately. 2 thousand people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.
4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.
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 all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced their children to move on quickly.
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.
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.
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.
This is a true story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people’s priorities.
The questions raised:
- In a common place environment at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?
- 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 a DC loving violinist this just made me :3
as well as LOL
as well as die a little on the inside. Come on, World.
Yupp. This is the world for ya.
This guy is a bloody genius.
Hmm. I think I could benefit from this sort of anger management.
omg YES! My best friend and I will one day live closer together and start a menagerie, and a Bengal kitty is definitely on the list. Before the hedgehog. Or after…hmm.
We kill all the caterpillars, then complain there are no butterflies. - John Marsden
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So fucking true.
Yes, let me address this now. Nearly all of my posts as of late are reblogs from Soyacide, because her blog is my favorite of all time and I’m busy and shit being original other places. I would apologize, but no. If you don’t like it then I bet I don’t like you. Carry on. >.<
I have so much respect for people with throat tattoos. A small portion of my Medusa hits my throat and I can’t even explain to you how wonderfully painful it is. It tickles and murders you all at once.
.. and I just have a small portion! When I see people with tattoos like this it blows my mind. It’d probably be good for you to not fuck with a person with a throat tattoo.. because they must be one tough ass MF.
Fact: It’s always been a secret dream of mine to have a pen pal in a far away land.
I want actual letters. Not email!
Nobody is hip to that groove anymore though it seems. It makes me sad.