“Shoveling snow is basically Minecraft LARP.” -Jeph Jacques
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? By: Josh Nonnenmoc
Happy new year.
I posted it for my, clearly superior, time zone. For all two people following me, whom are also in my time zone. Oh well, just goes to show that this time zone is superior.
more than 20 questions
- 0: Height 5’7”
- 1: Virgin? yes
- 2: Shoe Size ~8 1/2
- 3: Do you Smoke? no
- 4: Do you Drink? sometimes, not much
- 5: Do you take drugs? only what i’m perscribed
- 6: Age you get mistaken for: alternately teenager and 40’s (depending on mood and voice/txt)
- 7: Have Tattoos? no
- 8: Want any tattoos? yes. mostly just upper arms
- 9: Got any Piercings? no
- 10: Want any Piercings? not really
- 11: Best friend? my brother
- 12: Relationship status: unhappily single
- 13: Biggest turn ons: pretty hair/face, intelligence, kindness
- 14: Biggest turn offs: willful ignorance, excessive pride
- 15: Favorite Movie: Fifth Element
- 16: I’ll love you if: not sure, doesn’t seem to take to much
- 17: Someone you miss: my grandfather, died 01/13/12
- 18: Most traumatic experience: cancer when I was three
- 19: A fact about your personality: fiecely protective of those i care about. i can be alternatively dismissive or mean to people i dislike.
- 20: What I hate most about myself: um. i’m not good at talking about it.
- 21: What I love most about myself: not good at figuring that out.
- 22: What I want to be when I get older: kinda past that point. wanted to be a marine (not an option for me)
- 23: My relationship with my sibling(s) 1 brother, we’re fairly close.
- 24: My relationship with my parent(s) there’s bumps. but it’s very good
- 25: My idea of a perfect date: being able to talk about ‘stuff’ for hours
- 26: My biggest pet peeves: willful ignorance, over expanded self esteme.
- 27: A description of the girl/boy I like: bler…. not quite sure
- 28: A description of the person I dislike the most: would require it’s own post. too much rage
- 29: A reason I’ve lied to a friend: i don’t lie often at all. but have for minor (very harmless) jokes
- 30: What I hate the most about work/school: mostly that hard work, by itself, never pays off
- 31: What y last text message says “k”
- 32: What words upset me the most:
- 33: What words make me feel the best about myself
- 34: What I find attractive in women: mentally? inteligence, rationality, kindness, laugh at my jokes. physically: a cute face an pretty hair, not super picky about figure, though i am a boob man tbh.
- 35: What I find attractive in men: n/a
- 36: Where I would like to live: somewhere it stays rougly 40 to 70 degrees all year, and a city. probably seatle.
- 37: One of my insecurities: i’m always concerned people are being nice and don’t like me
- 38: My childhood career choice: fighter pilot
- 39: My favorite ice cream flavor: mint cholocate chip. blue bunny makes the best ^_^
- 40: Who I wish I could be: hmmmm, can i mix and match?
- 41: Where I want to be right now: somewhere w/ someone to love. (sappy romantic :-P)
- 42: The last thing I ate, little bit of pizza, and a bowl of icecream.
- 43: Sexiest person that comes to my mind immediately, Scarlet Johanson
- 44: A random fact about anything: empirical evidence would suggest i’m very hard to kill