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sChOuA   Switzerland. Feb 07 2012 09:34. Posts 2279

Hey Guys

probably most of you have read this story already since its quiet old, however i still believe its worth sharing and that it tells a lot about our society, enjoy

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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 thousands of 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 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 top musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written,with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $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?


Stim_Abuser   United States. Feb 07 2012 09:36. Posts 6973

interdasting

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uiCk   Canada. Feb 07 2012 09:46. Posts 2979

LP =/= Facebook.

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the cleaner   Venezuela. Feb 07 2012 09:51. Posts 2964

Thanks for sharing. I have read this story before but enjoyed reading it again.

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Raidern   Brasil. Feb 07 2012 09:53. Posts 3812

When people are on their way to work, I'm sure they are focused on arriving there in time. If the same guy were playing in a park where people were having some leisure time there would probably be a large crowd around him. I've appreciated some street artists' works and thought that what they were doing is awesome, I just couldn't stay around.

im a regular at nl5 

capaneo   Canada. Feb 07 2012 10:08. Posts 8386

Hmm, You know there is a video of this and its NOT exactly like what you described?? There was even a person who did recognize him and there were SEVERAL people who stoped and listened to him for some moments and it was even an edited video.

Edit watch the video I posted

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capaneo   Canada. Feb 07 2012 10:11. Posts 8386

In US everyone is happy as long as all the prices are rising. Unless its crude oil - Marc Faber 

sChOuA   Switzerland. Feb 07 2012 10:18. Posts 2279

Thanks for sharing capaneo


Bigbobm   United States. Feb 07 2012 11:23. Posts 5407

lol you got capaneowned

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daysare   Poland. Feb 07 2012 11:31. Posts 670


  On February 07 2012 09:46 uiCk wrote:
LP =/= Facebook.



This. It's not 9gag either


Loco   Canada. Feb 07 2012 11:48. Posts 18046

This was posted here a while ago and I remember the thread turned to shit... can't find the thread somehow tho. I vaguely remember some ridiculous opinions about it. That video is one of the saddest things I've seen up to this day.

I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. - Solomon 

HeRoS)eNGagE   Canada. Feb 07 2012 11:48. Posts 10872


  On February 07 2012 10:08 capaneo wrote:
Hmm, You know there is a video of this and its NOT exactly like what you described?? There was even a person who did recognize him and there were SEVERAL people who stoped and listened to him for some moments and it was even an edited video.

Edit watch the video I posted


several = ~ 10 over 10k people?


dnagardi   Hungary. Feb 07 2012 11:50. Posts 1164


  On February 07 2012 09:46 uiCk wrote:
LP =/= Facebook.



+2


c4rnage   . Feb 07 2012 13:04. Posts 406

I remember the story but was kinda different, people started arguing about it was not FB or 9gag to talk about those things instead of watching the video and enjoy it.


Loco   Canada. Feb 07 2012 13:11. Posts 18046


  On February 07 2012 13:04 c4rnage wrote:
I remember the story but was kinda different, people started arguing about it was not FB or 9gag to talk about those things instead of watching the video and enjoy it.



It's about as enjoyable to watch as watching animal cruelty. It's a tragic video to watch for a music lover.

I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. - Solomon 

c4rnage   . Feb 07 2012 13:14. Posts 406


  On February 07 2012 13:11 Loco wrote:
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It's about as enjoyable to watch as watching animal cruelty. It's a tragic video to watch for a music lover.


well yes... maybe i should had said "just listen" instead of watch it.


TheHuHu3   United States. Feb 07 2012 13:16. Posts 5407

Cool story. 4.5 stars. Would read again.

TheHuHu4 coming soon :) 

gawdawaful   Canada. Feb 07 2012 13:24. Posts 8765

to all the whiny faggots about LP =/= social media: fuck you

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Loco   Canada. Feb 07 2012 13:24. Posts 18046


  On February 07 2012 13:14 c4rnage wrote:
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well yes... maybe i should had said "just listen" instead of watch it.




Yes, I could presume that was probably what you meant. Agreed.

"Bach's music is the only argument proving the creation of the Universe cannot be regarded a complete failure" - E.M. Cioran

I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind. - Solomon 

LemOn[5thF]   Czech Republic. Feb 07 2012 13:48. Posts 13433

A Czech magazine once did the opposite - a guy who never played any instrument had a 2 hour crash course in Sax and then went on playing publicly :D

He made above average hourly

My strategy thread: http://www.pokerstrategy.com/forum/thread.php?postid=1680671#post1680671 

 
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