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Very interesting...!
« on: January 08, 2013, 01:39:55 PM »

I saw this story and had to share it, it says a lot about our society and culture...


“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. Du...ring 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.



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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Re: Very interesting...!
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2013, 04:40:51 PM »




Very Interesting
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« Reply #2 on: January 09, 2013, 05:34:42 PM »



Very Interesting



You just made my night...
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« Reply #3 on: January 09, 2013, 07:09:22 PM »

Arte Johnson - Very interesting - YouTube.flv
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« Reply #4 on: January 09, 2013, 07:15:44 PM »

Violinist Joshua Bell. Playing Incognito at a D.C. Metro Station
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« Reply #5 on: January 09, 2013, 10:30:30 PM »

I first read that a year or two ago. It was very interesting. The irony being, I was trying to remember it just last week.

Thanks for posting.
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2013, 11:04:30 PM »

Doesn't surprise me one bit. 

Most people walk around with blinders on.
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« Reply #7 on: January 11, 2013, 02:27:04 PM »

While I consider my taste in music somewhat varied....classical music just bores me.
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« Reply #8 on: January 11, 2013, 07:16:52 PM »

While I consider my taste in music somewhat varied....classical music just bores me.

I did too.......until I took an Music Appreciation elective one summer.  Thought it would be easy, but required much more effort than I figured for a summer class.  Wrong,,,,but I did come a way with a real appreciation of the old classics all the way back to Gregorian Chants.

Still listen to it a lot here.
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« Reply #9 on: January 11, 2013, 08:24:43 PM »

Classical music is a mood for me.  There are days when dealing with traffic on my drive home from work requires classical music.  It's like an immediate warm wash of calm. 

I like to listen to the different parts of the music and really appreciate the musicians as they blend the sounds so beautifully. 

But, it's a mood for me.  There are other times I require Nickelback.  (Very Loud Nickelback  :))


The only music I can't find room in my world for is rap.   

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« Reply #10 on: January 11, 2013, 09:09:26 PM »

This is my FAVORITE classical music!

I missed them this year.  Maybe.   ;)



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« Reply #11 on: January 11, 2013, 09:30:09 PM »

This is my FAVORITE classical music!

I missed them this year.  Maybe.
   ;)



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Our son went last year and he really enjoyed it...   and he's not a classical music fan...

I think he liked it as much for the stage effects as as the music.

Do they even tour every year?
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« Reply #12 on: January 11, 2013, 10:22:26 PM »

Our son went last year and he really enjoyed it...   and he's not a classical music fan...

I think he liked it as much for the stage effects as as the music.

Do they even tour every year?

Yes they do... we saw them in December 2010 and 2011 at Huntington Center, Toledo. 
UGH!  AWESOME show!!!!  They perform there every year before Christmas, and at the Palace a few days after Christmas.

We missed them this year.  I'm really bummed.

They are spectacular!  Mixture of classical orchestra and heavy metal.  Brilliant.
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« Reply #13 on: January 11, 2013, 11:27:55 PM »

That's why I enjoyed ELO, Chicago, and other groups...  Mix of the classical instruments with Rock.

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« Reply #14 on: January 16, 2013, 07:05:12 PM »

While I consider my taste in music somewhat varied....classical music just bores me.


And, YOU annoy me... 8*

You have no taste... :P

Beethoven was a rock star, before they know what one was... ;D
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