Thursday, April 12, 2007

pearls before breakfast

Do you ever stop to listen to street musicians? What if that street musician were Joshua Bell, the world-renowned violinist? This is a fascinating article in the Washington Post (thanks for the link, Michelle!) describing the result of what happened when Joshua Bell traded in his signature black concert dress and packed hall for jeans, a baseball cap, and a metro station. There's video!

5 comments:

ave said...

That was a great article. What a humbling experience for such a musician. Isn't it sad that we Americans are so programed to punch the clock, and carry such anxiety about it, that we can't even stop to enjoy the beauty around us. If I had stopped and listened for more than a couple of minutes I would be crying. Great music makes me weep in my old age.

Montserrat said...

Oh my goodness! This was a very good article with some interesting results. I was actually shocked that more people did not stop to listen and enjoy. If you can't make the time to stop and 'smell the flowers' or in this case 'hear the music' you aren't doing very well.

Beautiful music. I'm with Ave, it makes me cry.

Anonymous said...

I was having the hardest time writing a response to this. I've been talking to people throughout the week about how it seems society is losing it's ability to recognise beauty. This seemed to fit exactly with what I've been thinking. I know it's overracting but I was blinking back tears when I finished it. -dtv

Calandria said...

dtv, if that is overreacting then I guess I overreacted too! I felt the same way.

sippinghotchocolate said...

i can't get access to the link from where i am, but i LOVE joshua bell! i'll have to wait til i get back home to see the video.