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do you know what your missing out on?

Posted by on Jun. 16, 2012 at 12:33 AM
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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?
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KitT.Kat
by on Jun. 16, 2012 at 12:36 AM

I've heard this story before. I suppose someone who would have paid $100 to watch him perform would have felt silly for walking past him. Personally, I wouldn't care. I don't care for classical music and I'd never pay to hear it. So, I wouldn't feel like I missed out on anything.

bustybee
by Buzz Lightyear on Jun. 16, 2012 at 12:37 AM

crazy. that is pure crazy. I can't believe people would do that...

mandamommy22
by on Jun. 16, 2012 at 12:39 AM

We just watched this clip in my Family Dynamics Class last semester. One woman did notice it was him and stopped. Interesting though!

Elle.tea.22
by Ruby Member on Jun. 16, 2012 at 12:40 AM
I don't like a lot of musicians like the ones with acoustic guitars or that tropical drum.. Can't remember what it's called. But a violin, spanish guitar or street performer I usually stop for.
Anonymous
by Anonymous 1 on Jun. 16, 2012 at 12:41 AM

I like this story, and I make sure that my kids understand the importance of not missing out on life. The real things in life. The things money can't buy, the beauty around them. I would have stopped and listened. I may not have had a clue who he was but I would have payed attention. My kids would have never let me keep on walking, they are intrigued by everything around them, and it's beautiful.

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by Platinum Member on Jun. 16, 2012 at 12:42 AM

I'm a sucker for street performers and classical music.

And so is my six year old.

Someone would have to drag us away, lol.

.ZombieGirl.
by on Jun. 16, 2012 at 12:43 AM

I would have stopped, I love to hear the violin.

Jennifer63080
by Gold Member on Jun. 16, 2012 at 12:44 AM
ditto

Quoting KitT.Kat:

I've heard this story before. I suppose someone who would have paid $100 to watch him perform would have felt silly for walking past him. Personally, I wouldn't care. I don't care for classical music and I'd never pay to hear it. So, I wouldn't feel like I missed out on anything.

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usmcwife.mommy2
by on Jun. 16, 2012 at 2:03 AM
I love all kinds of music. But then again I was the one who was always involved with music.lol but I can understand what your saying.

Quoting KitT.Kat:

I've heard this story before. I suppose someone who would have paid $100 to watch him perform would have felt silly for walking past him. Personally, I wouldn't care. I don't care for classical music and I'd never pay to hear it. So, I wouldn't feel like I missed out on anything.

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usmcwife.mommy2
by on Jun. 16, 2012 at 2:03 AM
I know, right?

Quoting bustybee:

crazy. that is pure crazy. I can't believe people would do that...

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