Very interesting

I would like to think I would stop and listen to good music no matter where I am or how rushed. Even if that meant stopping on the street and listening to someone playing for spare change.

Turns out I’m a rarity. Because the Washington Post hired an internationally known violinist to play in D.C. at the L’Enfant Plaza Station during peak travel time. Joshua Bell, 39, has been playing music his entire life. He is a well known musical prodigy. He has mastered songs that few can even touch.

And he was pretty much ignored. If you went to see him at a concert, you might end up paying $100/seat. But here he played, for free, out in the open and few people stopped to listen.

Perhaps people were feeling too rushed, too busy. But really? I just, I don’t think I would have kept walking. I think I would have stopped if even for only a minute.

What would you have done?

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4 Responses

  1. Anonymous says:

    There is a great response to the Joshua Bell article by a NYC subway musician in her blog: http://www.SawLady.com/blog
    She interprets the situation differently from the Washington Post reporters… I thought you might find it interesting.

  2. Mike says:

    A definitely appreciate those who talented musicians. If had passed by, I would have listened. I would perhaps walked slower if not stopped. But, I probably would not have stayed very long at all. In my mind, I would appreciate him, he’ll never know it though. And I’m probably not walking around looking for music. I like seeing people play at small clubs though.

  3. Anonymous says:

    Please tell me you are familiar with Joni Mitchell’s “For Free,” because what you just described reminded me immediately of it.

  4. Christy says:

    Anon #1 Thank you for the other link to check out!

    Mike, I know what you mean. If you’re in a rush you may not stop, but you’d internally appreciate the sound.

    Anon #2 Sorry. No. I don’t know that song, but now of course I’ll have to look it up. So thank you!