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Violinist At A Metro Station

Violinist At A Metro Station

Today has been great!

I just finished proofing Jorden’s pictures and designing a storyboard to go on my wall.

Since the article in the paper yesterday about my opening a few people have stopped in to check out my place.

I received my new camera in the mail, (below is the first picture taken with it & my new lens). I get to try it our on a family of 5 tomorrow.

All around it has just been a great day!

Meet Penny:
Penny, Animal Photography, Elisa Hubbard Studios, Canon 40D

I hope you won’t mind the non-studio related post, but I enjoyed this story that was forwarded from a couple of my family members & thought I’d share it with you.

A man at a metro station in Washington DC began to play his violin on the cold morning of January 12, 2007. He played 6 Bach pieces for 45 minutes. 1097 people went through the station on their way to work. Those most attentive were children, but their parents hurriedly forced them to move on. In the 45 minutes the musician played, 7 people stopped & listened awhile. 27 people gave him $32. When he finished playing, silence took over. No one even applauded.

There was only one person who recognized the violinist, Joshua Bell, as one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a 1713 Stradivarius violin worth 3.5 million dollars. Two days before playing in the subway, tickets for his sold out Boston performance averaged $100.

Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post, as part of a social experiment about perception, taste & 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 conclusion from this experience could be: If we don’t have a moment to listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

Another reason to stop and smell the roses.

I hope today has been great for everyone.

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