You never know who it might be!
Joshua Bell did a “stunt” with the Washington Post recently where he played in a Metro stop at rush hour. Check out the video:
Unbelievable! I think people get so busy, stressed and focused that they don’t stop to enjoy the little things in life.
I love Josh’s comment on the coughing at concerts. I hate it when people cough! And all the coughers seem to hold it in during the loud parts and all let it out during the silences. I just want to smack them! Josh said, “At a music hall, I’ll get upset if someone coughs or if someone’s cellphone goes off. But here, my expectations quickly diminished. I started to appreciate any acknowledgment, even a slight glance up. I was oddly grateful when someone threw in a dollar instead of change.” This is from a man whose talents can command $1,000 a minute!
The article focused on the children, too, which I thought was awesome:
There was no ethnic or demographic pattern to distinguish the people who stayed to watch Bell, or the ones who gave money, from that vast majority who hurried on past, unheeding. Whites, blacks and Asians, young and old, men and women, were represented in all three groups. But the behavior of one demographic remained absolutely consistent. Every single time a child walked past, he or she tried to stop and watch. And every single time, a parent scooted the kid away.
You can bet next time I am in NYC or DC I will be stopping to listen to the musicians!
The thing that gets me – Josh is REALLY cute. You would think his looks and music combined would stop people – at least women, haha! Hey – if anyone out there knows Josh, can you tell him I want to do his next promo photos? Oh, and when he gets married, I want to photograph his wedding? Thanks!