Beauty in everyday places...

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    Feb 19, 2012 4:22 AM GMT
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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 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. 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?

    @ http://www.facebook.com/prdetour By: Guillo Puig

    This is something I found on facebook, and decided to share with all you; because I lack the courage to post of my own accord.
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    Feb 19, 2012 4:32 AM GMT

    What an incredible story!! It does not surprise me at all that he was barely noticed. This is the society we have become.... sad, but true. icon_sad.gif
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    Feb 19, 2012 4:49 AM GMT
    This reminded me of another movie roughly about the same thing, "August Rush"; one of my all time favorite movies ever! Music was everywhere the boy went, because the music lived in him. The same way beauty is all around us, but only when we let it in we can perceive it for ourselves. I'm so jealous of those people in that metro station. To be taken back like that, by some random third party is a truly rare gift. But I'll make do with the raindrops on my window as I type this tonight ;)
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    Feb 19, 2012 4:58 AM GMT
    People are too gauche to recognize the mathematical genius and Baroque splendor behind the architecture of a Bach work. That being said it was Joshua Bell, not Rostropovich icon_lol.gif
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:26 AM GMT
    I really thought someone would have mentioned this so I didn't have to but... yourname2000 made this topic around a week ago, so it's not that people don't care about this, it's that they blew their loads in that thread and are still in blissful post-coitus.
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:27 AM GMT
    Ariodante saidThat being said it was Joshua Bell, not Rostropovich icon_lol.gif

    Would you've preferred the scenario to have, Mstislav Rostropovich in it instead?
    Thanks for the name drop. Never heard his compositions before. Will have to look him up icon_biggrin.gif
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:28 AM GMT
    SkinnyBitch saidI really thought someone would have mentioned this so I didn't have to but... yourname2000 made this topic around a week ago, so it's not that people don't care about this, it's that they blew their loads in that thread and are still in blissful post-coitus.

    Thread name? Not sure what this would fall under if someone else had posted it?
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:35 AM GMT
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:38 AM GMT
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:39 AM GMT
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    Ariodante saidThat being said it was Joshua Bell, not Rostropovich icon_lol.gif

    Would you've preferred the scenario to have, Mstislav Rostropovich in it instead?


    Considering he's been dead for almost 5 years I think the people would have noticed a zombie master cellist much more efficiently.
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:47 AM GMT
    They're all philistine government people, duh.
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:47 AM GMT
    FriendsOnly saidWhat an incredible story!! It does not surprise me at all that he was barely noticed. This is the society we have become.... sad, but true. icon_sad.gif
    Oh, just like you.
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:52 AM GMT
    Ariodante said
    know_wunder said
    Ariodante saidThat being said it was Joshua Bell, not Rostropovich icon_lol.gif

    Would you've preferred the scenario to have, Mstislav Rostropovich in it instead?


    Considering he's been dead for almost 5 years I think the people would have noticed a zombie master cellist much more efficiently.


    Indeed! Sure they'd give him real money, and a lot of it, if he did come back a zombie master cellist. Somehow people would just disassociate themselves from the reality and mark it down to crazy modern entertainment.
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    Feb 19, 2012 5:55 AM GMT
    Anduru saidThey're all philistine government people, duh.

    Your humorous statement is noted, and deserves some kind of visual to help show my gratitude for your candor, but I don't want to violate your sensibilities with a subpar mess.
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:03 AM GMT
    Great article. We are humans..our priority lies with actions that can put food on our table. Standing listening to his work, may cost us our own. If we live under threat of loosing our income..we loose the inclination to even take a breather, take in the hidden beauties around us. Thats just life.
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:12 AM GMT
    Anduru saidOh, just like you.

    Don't be mean! icon_evil.gif
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:13 AM GMT
    This is just an observation done by other people putting food on their tables, in regards to other people going about putting food on their tables.
    This really resonated with me because I've lived in several states with 3 different modes of approaching life. Massachusetts, was a "hurry up, and relax" state. Always on the go, like this video. Arizona, was in the middle, with a mid tempo rate of living. South Carolina, is so slow you can watch molasses drip off the wall for entertainment. Now that my days are spent look through the window out to the world, I couldn't help but notice the trees, lakes, rivers, and historic buildings all around me. ... and oddly enough, my priorities haven't changed since I got here.
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:18 AM GMT
    its like living in nyc...very fast paced..if something happens you will likely miss it even if it happens right in front of you. In our subway system, a simple action can take place in a crowd of 30 and no one will see anything as our minds are just not registering our current position. We are all thinking of what we will be doing in the next fifteen minutes. I realized that i was falling into that trend when i moved here and started in the legal field. Like iw as loosing myself and i saw people like they were cattle rushing to a cattle range. To check myself..i just look up whenever im in Manhattan and just experience the art of the skyline or the architecture of the buildings. Like some of the exterior on the buildings alone are some of the finest work of art ive ever seen. So whenever your in Manhattan just stop for a minute and look up.
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    Feb 19, 2012 6:35 AM GMT
    tereseus1 said... some of the exterior on the buildings alone are some of the finest work of art ive ever seen. So whenever your in Manhattan just stop for a minute and look up.

    I'll have to do that when I go there, someday. Thanks for your civil response ;)
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    Feb 19, 2012 9:01 AM GMT
    The acoustics in a subway is shit... so any music played sounds echo-y.

    ALSO, this is fake. There was another version of this story floating around facebook. Difference was he was standing inside a subway train and no one in the train was paying him any attention.
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    Feb 19, 2012 10:48 AM GMT
    this actually happened 5 years ago
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    Feb 19, 2012 10:50 AM GMT
    LasVegas4Stud saidThe acoustics in a subway is shit... so any music played sounds echo-y.

    ALSO, this is fake. There was another version of this story floating around facebook. Difference was he was standing inside a subway train and no one in the train was paying him any attention.


    actually it did happen. it was written by the washington post and they won a pulitzer for it.
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    Feb 19, 2012 11:24 PM GMT


    And yet everyone has time to stop and watch a flash mob.

    It could be the paté/dog food phenomenon described here

    http://www.realjock.com/gayforums/2179240

    http://www.npr.org/blogs/13.7/2012/02/10/146645622/why-we-like-what-we-like
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    It turns out most people won't notice the difference between paté and dog food, so long as the latter is suitably presented with the right sort of garnish.


    Everyone thinks they are so sophisticated until culture confronts them candidly.

    Now who's up for trying one of these delicious canopés?
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    Feb 20, 2012 12:46 AM GMT
    know_wunder said
    Anduru saidThey're all philistine government people, duh.
    Your humorous statement is noted, and deserves some kind of visual to help show my gratitude for your candor, but I don't want to violate your sensibilities with a subpar mess.
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    Feb 20, 2012 12:50 AM GMT
    Semi-related:


    The world’s greatest sushi chef's restaurant is a tiny spot in a subway station.