Genius in the Subway.

Internationally-known violinist Joshua Bell played busker at a Metro station in Washington, DC during morning rush hour recently. It was an experiment to see if anyone would recognize him, recognize the talent behind the music, or would drop money in his case. What do you think happened? The results may surprise you. The cover story in today’s Washington Post Magazine includes videos of the experiment. Link -via Grow-A-Brain

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There is a great response to the Joshua Bell article by a NYC subway musician in her blog:
She interprets the situation differently from the Washington Post reporters... I thought you might find it interesting.
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Loved the article - well written, with plenty of background and Very Suspenseful!! I thought it ironic that the reporters/journalists' plans and planning didn't work out as they thought - people are just too busy to get outside themselves for a nanosecond (except for the children) and most people don't recognize genius or talent when its four feet from them. I don't know if I would have stopped, either, my commute doesn't leave too many minutes of buffer to stop and enjoy. We walk by roses and don't take a second to smell them.
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This article made me cry. My late husband was a classical musician, and we often talked about the futility of trying to reach "the masses" with sublime music that truly, if someone listens, can make life worth living. Oblivious to art, these folks don't know what they are missing.
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Geez, that article took it's sweet time getting to the point. I think they could have cut it by 75% and still hit all the main points. Were they just trying to fill space, or what?
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