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NUTHA JASON 02-29-2012 10:57 PM

a man sat in a metro station playing a violin ...
 
i don't usually read these things on facebook but this one is brilliant and significantly thoughtprovoking for us musicians. do have a read ...

A man sat at a metro station ...in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real 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 priorities of people. The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

By: Guillo Puig

DrumEatDrum 02-29-2012 11:11 PM

Re: a man sat in a metro station playing a violin ...
 
I have seen this story numerous times, so I wondered how much truth there was to it.
To my surprise, it is 100% true, and happened in January, 2007.

The Washington Post even filmed part of it and uploaded it on Youtube
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnOPu0_YWhw

GRUNTERSDAD 02-29-2012 11:18 PM

Re: a man sat in a metro station playing a violin ...
 
My bet is that if he had played some more popular music other than something named the "best music ever written" he may have drawn a bigger crowd, made more money, which was not a concern, and more people may have stopped to listen.
Music is too subjective for the "best ever written" label.

NUTHA JASON 02-29-2012 11:21 PM

Re: a man sat in a metro station playing a violin ...
 
i wonder what would happen if neil peart set up his kit in a metro and played a solo?
j

DrumEatDrum 02-29-2012 11:41 PM

Re: a man sat in a metro station playing a violin ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NUTHA JASON (Post 967854)
i wonder what would happen if neil peart set up his kit in a metro and played a solo?
j

It sparks a heated debate on the drummerworld forum.


/sarcasm

NUTHA JASON 02-29-2012 11:45 PM

Re: a man sat in a metro station playing a violin ...
 
lol.

i wonder what would happen if a pole dancer did a dance on a solid gold pole in the metro?
j

MaryO 03-01-2012 12:00 AM

Re: a man sat in a metro station playing a violin ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by NUTHA JASON (Post 967869)
lol.

i wonder what would happen if a pole dancer did a dance on a solid gold pole in the metro?
j

She (or he) would be thrown under the train by the rush of people trying to cut down the pole and cash in the gold so they can buy gas!

CreeplyTuna 03-01-2012 12:40 AM

Re: a man sat in a metro station playing a violin ...
 
I read this a few weeks ago, can't remember where, but it's still amazing. So beautiful in a sad way.

phfreq 03-01-2012 04:50 PM

Re: a man sat in a metro station playing a violin ...
 
Here's the washington post article...

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...040401721.html

Pass.of.E.r.a. 03-01-2012 05:16 PM

Re: a man sat in a metro station playing a violin ...
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by DrumEatDrum (Post 967866)
It sparks a heated debate on the drummerworld forum.


/sarcasm

Bwahahahaha.

+1

-Jonathan


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