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How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?
« on: 2011-01-04 16:51:35 »
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Not new, but new to me.

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THE  SITUATION

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 .
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Re:How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?
« Reply #1 on: 2011-01-04 18:57:15 »
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Quote from: Fritz on 2011-01-04 16:51:35   


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?"

ends the story. Very interesting, thanks!
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« Reply #3 on: 2011-01-05 19:31:27 »
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I don't typically recognize any of this kind of beauty as I commute to work; my mind is usually worried about what's waiting ahead of me at the office.  But I am glad for those moments when I do take a step back and appreciate what's happening around me.  For this reason, I like taking a long walk or doing a road trip with family and friends. 

Many of the New Age / Neo Buddhist religions or philosophies recommend just such behavior: living in the "here and now"; appreciate what's around you; grab the moment!

I wish I did it more regularly or maybe even continuously, but the few moments I grab every week are enough to keep me relatively stress-free and happy.

Great find Fritz!
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Well I don't like Bach and could not tell the difference between a 3 dollar violin and 3 million dollar violin. Beauty has nothing to do with it. I suspect most of the people passing by are in the same boat as me.

However, I would have noticed that the player was telented and would have appreciated the performance for that ... but because it is Bach, and I don't like Bach, my stay would be brief.

Some 'dude' playing Bach on his violin is boring. Maybe that is why so few people stopped to listen/watch?

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Some 'dude' playing Bach on his violin is boring. Maybe that is why so few people stopped to listen/watch?

[Blunderov] My take is that the music was out of context. Music (with a capital M) takes place in a ritual space to which the necessary pilgrimage and obeisance must be made and paid by the listener. Very differently, busking is a means of drawing attention to an  undeservingly empty hat or instrument case. I'm willing to bet that Joshua Bell would have had an entirely different outcome had he been busking in New Orleans instead - especially if he had rubbed a little funk on it.
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Quote from: Blunderov on 2011-01-06 14:37:28   


Quote from: the.bricoleur on 2011-01-05 19:49:54   


Some 'dude' playing Bach on his violin is boring. Maybe that is why so few people stopped to listen/watch?

[Blunderov] My take is that the music was out of context. Music (with a capital M) takes place in a ritual space to which the necessary pilgrimage and obeisance must be made and paid by the listener. Very differently, busking is a means of drawing attention to an  undeservingly empty hat or instrument case. I'm willing to bet that Joshua Bell would have had an entirely different outcome had he been busking in New Orleans instead - especially if he had rubbed a little funk on it.

Salient point and I totally agree Blunderov!

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Quote from: the.bricoleur on 2011-01-05 19:49:54   
Some 'dude' playing Bach on his violin is boring. Maybe that is why so few people stopped to listen/watch?

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This take on JSB does not involve a 'rogue dude' and may appeal a little more ; and is in a different context all together ....

Strumming along side a big organ does have its moments

Cheers; from it seems one of the last JSB lovers ....

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