Take the time....

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by sgtmom52, Feb 2, 2011.

  1. sgtmom52

    sgtmom52 Birds & Bees


    In Washington , DC , at a Metro Station, on a cold January morning in 2007, this man with a violin played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, approximately 2,000 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

    After about 3 minutes:

    A middle-aged man noticed that there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds, and then he hurried on to meet his schedule.

    About 4 minutes later:
    The violinist received his first dollar. A woman threw money in the hat and, without stopping, continued to walk.

    At 6 minutes:
    A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his watch and started to walk again.

    At 10 minutes:
    A 3-year old boy stopped, but his mother tugged him along hurriedly. The kid stopped to look at the violinist again, but the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk, turning his head the whole time. This action was repeated by several other children, but every parent - without exception - forced their children to move on quickly.

    At 45 minutes:
    The musician played continuously. Only 6 people stopped and listened for a short while. About 20 gave money but continued to walk at their normal pace. The man collected a total of $32.

    After 1 hour:

    He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed and no one applauded.

    There was no recognition at all.

    No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the greatest 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, Joshua Bell sold-out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100 each to sit and listen to him play the same music.

    This is a true story. Joshua Bell, playing incognito in the D.C. Metro Station, was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and people's priorities.
    This experiment raised several questions:

    *In a common-place environment, at an inappropriate hour, do we perceive beauty?

    *If so, do we stop to appreciate it?

    *Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context?

    One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this:
    If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made . . .
    How many other things are we missing as we rush through life?
  2. gritsar

    gritsar Cows, Chooks & Impys - OH MY!

    Nov 9, 2007
    SW Arkansas
  3. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    That was both depressing and heart warming at the same time. Very interesting and thought provoking.
  4. Laurajean

    Laurajean Slightly Touched

    Apr 2, 2010
    New Hampshire
    It makes me think of this video, which another BYCer posted some time back. I find it incredibly moving. The man isn't homeless, has a house and family, a job, simply did this to "entertain and inspire" strangers to be more aware of those who ARE actually in need. It's the coolest 4 minutes ever.

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  5. Sir Birdaholic

    Sir Birdaholic Night Knight

    On the upside, he made $32 an hour! [​IMG] Bad wages for him, great for most! [​IMG]
  6. bakerjw

    bakerjw Chillin' With My Peeps

    Apr 14, 2010
    Johnson City, Tn
    I always stop and pay attention to good music regardless of the type. If I have some loose bills or change I'll toss it in the hat.
  7. HarlansHollowFarms

    HarlansHollowFarms bana-bhuidseach anns gára

    Jan 16, 2009

    People really need to slow down and smell the roses.

    A friend of mine posted this on FB.....

    So, I'm running errands today and see a lady sitting on her car with a sign that reads, 'Need help with gas and food, please. Thanks.' Well, I went on with my errands, cried a little and then went back. That just got to me, for some reason. So, I put gas in her car and took her into the store and bought her some food. My heart felt a little lighter. The End.

    She was trying to make her way back home to Arkansas. Just her and her dog.

    I told Chris about it when I got home and couldn't stop crying. I just feel so blessed to have a safe, warm home, food in my freezer, nice car to drive. It's hard to see people who have to worry like that.

    We should all just stop for a moment and look around us....really look...and hear the music.
  8. herefordlovinglady

    herefordlovinglady It Is What It Is

    Jun 23, 2009
    Quote:Very thought provoking. thanks for posting.

    I am curious, if they did a study on the flip side, if they take a homeless man that plays an instrument worth 20 dollars and put him in the theater would the homeless man sell out the theater at 100 bucks a seat?

    never the less your post makes me wonder what i have passed by in life because i was so focus somewhere else.

    There is something to be said about stopping and smelling the roses
  9. dawg53

    dawg53 Humble Premium Member

    Nov 27, 2008
    Jacksonville, Florida
    Quote:I dont care for classical music and probably wouldve kept walking. But I got your point and you are correct.
  10. peepdaddy

    peepdaddy Chillin' With My Peeps

    May 6, 2009
    Wolfe co.
    thought someone might be offended
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