Lucky for you readers I suppose. My head is now in loftier places.
I had a real bitch session blog entry in the works this morning. Living in Mexico has some very confusing situations thrust on this poor gringo. You dear readers are only subjected to but a few of the many complaints registered via blog entries that never see the light of the Information Highway.
Of course much of value of said complaining is the catharsis of simply putting pen to paper (or in this case tapping out a collection of words via my computer system – venting away – steam emanating from my brow.
This morning’s complaints are filed away and now we write about a brighter note(s). While seeking short-relief from my consternation, I visited my daughter’s Facebook ramblings discovering this rather interesting story. Interesting enough that the author received a Pulitzer Prize back in 2008 for the very story I am about to share.
As a social experiment The Washington Post columnist Gene Weingarten, asked the famous violinist Joshua Bell to don a baseball cap and play as an incognito busker at the Metro subway station L’Enfant Plaza in Washington, D.C. on January 12, 2007.
The experiment was videotaped on hidden camera; of the 1,097 people who passed by, only seven stopped to listen to maestro Bell, and only one recognized him. UTube link here.
For his nearly 45-minute performance, Bell collected $32.17 from 27 passersby (excluding $20 from the passerby who recognized him).The night before, he earned considerably more [average ticket price $100 usd] playing the same repertoire at a concert.
You might recall back in March one of my grousing commentaries wherein I detest being force fed “street” entertainment (or lack thereof) [Read “Just Say No” Here].
So here is a world class violinist in a subway strumming on a 3.5 million dollar instrument, playing one of the most intricate musical pieces ever written, that is chiefly ignored – because what – we don’t take the time to smell the roses, or we just cannot grasp that there could be an opportunity for fantastic entertainment actually being made available in a subway?
From that ‘experiment‘ it is suggested we consider our perceptions, taste, and priorities. 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?
We are asked to consider “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?”
Frankly I could easily explain away why such a ruse suggesting it has little to do with my pace in life or my musical appreciation – but then that’s just me; remembering that this all started out as a total bitch session. And now I feel better thanks to my daughter’s Facebook ramblings and links.
Now my attentions from complaining have been diverted to enjoying listening to the great musical talent of Joshua Bell by way of a CD I have titled, “Short Trip Home.” This not exactly Carnegie-Hall stuff as well; but it plays to my eclectic musical tastes.
Have a GREAT day! And please Stay Tuned anyway.