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Ok, this is definitely NOT costuming stuff, but....I recently read an article in the Washington Post Magazine about Joshua Bell playing his 3.5 million dollar Stradivarius in a DC Metro station. Why? To see if people would be able to recognize extraordinary talent when they come across it - regardless of where. Long and short of the article: Bell made less than $35 in the amount of time he played (which was over an hour). This is a man who's "cheap" seats go for $100 a pop. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Really, it's rather funny, but it got me thinking: Had I been there, would I have noticed? As a musician, I'd like to think that I would have. But to tell the truth, I'm not so sure.

Why didn't people stop to listen?

Realistically, if you're in a metro station, you're probably going somewhere. Stopping to pay attention to some guy who appears to be a panhandler is most likely not on your agenda. There are easily hundreds of panhandlers in the DC area; most likely more. But he's supposed to be that good. The author seemed to imply that because no one really noticed Bell's playing, we are clearly a doomed society. Ok, maybe not doomed, but at least seriously lame. Probably. I think the larger truth is that it's not that we aren't capable of recognizing genius, but that we often willfully ignore people who make us uncomfortable. Like people who beg. Or in this case, panhandle. Which means we (myself included) might be missing out on something big. Joshua Bell big. Anyway, I know the next time I come across a street musician, I'm going to listen a little more closely.
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Ok, this is definitely NOT costuming stuff, but....I recently read an article in the Washington Post Magazine about Joshua Bell playing his 3.5 million dollar Stradivarius in a DC Metro station. Why? To see if people would be able to recognize extraordinary talent when they come across it - regardless of where. Long and short of the article: Bell made less than $35 in the amount of time he played (which was over an hour). This is a man who's "cheap" seats go for $100 a pop. I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Really, it's rather funny, but it got me thinking: Had I been there, would I have noticed? As a musician, I'd like to think that I would have. But to tell the truth, I'm not so sure.

Why didn't people stop to listen?

Realistically, if you're in a metro station, you're probably going somewhere. Stopping to pay attention to some guy who appears to be a panhandler is most likely not on your agenda. There are easily hundreds of panhandlers in the DC area; most likely more. But he's supposed to be that good. The author seemed to imply that because no one really noticed Bell's playing, we are clearly a doomed society. Ok, maybe not doomed, but at least seriously lame. Probably. I think the larger truth is that it's not that we aren't capable of recognizing genius, but that we often willfully ignore people who make us uncomfortable. Like people who beg. Or in this case, panhandle. Which means we (myself included) might be missing out on something big. Joshua Bell big. Anyway, I know the next time I come across a street musician, I'm going to listen a little more closely.

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