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8th-Apr-2007 07:59 pm
Joshua Bell, world famous violin virtuoso, plays in Washington, D.C. as a busker.

Guess what? Hardly anyone noticed or cared.

The article asks,
Is great art still great...if no one notices?

Rhetorical question, I think the general answer would be yes.
8th-Apr-2007 07:44 pm (UTC)
it's a shame, but it is essentially the reaction I'd expect from people these days, they're too caught up in their own little worlds, their own little lives to just stop, take a step back, and appreciate something of beauty
8th-Apr-2007 07:48 pm (UTC)
What an interesting article! Thanks so much for the link.

It's funny, I wonder (as you do) what I would have done had I been there. I make a point of stopping to listen to buskers - and always try to pay them if I enjoy it, which means I tend to spend a lot of money in Cambridge in the springtime - but who knows if I would have recognized something as extaordinary as that? I'd like to think I would have, but I don't know that I'm really so different from everyone else in the world. Or even everyone else from the Metro-DC area.

I haven't decided yet if this is discouraging or perversely encouraging as regards my plan to get a street performer's license once the weather warms up a bit. If Joshua Bell can't make more than $30-odd at rush hour, every penny I earned would make me pretty happy :)
8th-Apr-2007 09:35 pm (UTC) - Wow
Wow. I hope that I would notice. I really do. I suppose I still hear the guitarists playing in Aberdeen through my headphones, so maybe I'd hear him playing. Thanks for the link to the article. And you are right: art is not dependent on the masses; that's for certain. -Jake
9th-Apr-2007 01:56 am (UTC)
I wouldn't have recognised him, though I'd have recognised a few of the pieces he played, and I know I would've stopped. I've stopped for other buskers before, so I'm fairly certain of it.
9th-Apr-2007 03:20 pm (UTC)
That's a fascinating article.

Amy & I have been to D.C. quite a few times, living so close, and I think we almost always give money to buskers. We've stopped and listened to some amazing musicians on the street. I distinctly remember a saxophone player in front of Union Station by which we were both transfixed. It's a shame that more people don't pause to notice those special moments when they happen.
9th-Apr-2007 07:27 pm (UTC)
There is a great response to the Joshua Bell article by a NYC subway musician in her blog: www.SawLady.com/blog
She interprets the situation differently from the Washington Post reporters... I thought you might find it interesting.
9th-Apr-2007 10:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'll give it a read.
11th-Apr-2007 05:39 am (UTC) - Great Article!
Thanks for the link! I really enjoyed the article.
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