Friday, April 06, 2007

Genius

Lest you get the mistaken impression that I hate the Post, here is an article so wonderful that I smiled the entire time I was reading it. (In fact, it's so wonderful, it even makes me forgive the author his hiatus.)

8 Comments:

Blogger kenju said...

That WAS wonderful! I cannot fathom how those people could leave that area so quickly and not stop to listen - even for a moment-to that magnificent violin!

11:09 PM, April 06, 2007  
Blogger Phantom Scribbler said...

All the kids stopped. But frickin' Baby Blue said, "Mama, turn that music off!" She's trying to watch Dragon Tales, doncha know.

11:31 PM, April 06, 2007  
Blogger liz said...

I love that story. I can't believe how few stopped. In NYC there's always a crowd around the musicians.

6:14 PM, April 07, 2007  
Blogger Magpie said...

Thank you - that was wonderful, and I doubt I would have seen it without you.

4:54 PM, April 08, 2007  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

I loved it too, and hope (think) that I would've stopped for a good while, as long as I wasn't late already. I generally do stop and listen at least a little, but not for long if it's the morning (though I will donate to thank them for the pleasure of listening).

On the way home, I will stop and listen. There are some excellent 4-part-harmony singers I've seen at Metro Center, once with the kiddo and once elsewhere, and enjoyed immensely. But I can't imagine having Joshua Bell there . . .

7:02 PM, April 08, 2007  
Anonymous Genevieve said...

Oh, and I have seen crowds around the musicians - but usually in the evening, again, not at morning rush hour.

J. always wants to stop and listen -- I had put it down to his being rather musical, which he is, but after reading the article I think it's just cause he's a kid.

7:09 PM, April 08, 2007  
Blogger Yankee T said...

thank you.

6:02 PM, April 09, 2007  
Anonymous nutso-ranter said...

I have a theory...

(perhaps borne from my unimaginable disbelief...)

It appears Mr. Bell was playing in a space where people enter through doors, have about 3 seconds to walk by him... and then exit through other doors.

I consider myself an afficionado of classical music.. and I like to think I would recognize terrific playing... But I'm not sure I would recognize it in the three seconds it would take me to pass between the doors.

Perhaps we are not quite as unappreciative as the writer believes.

I have heard some really terrific musicians at Friendship Heights Metro... but I usually hear them all the way up the escalator (for a good 30-60 seconds) before I pass them by.

Either way... the experiment and the article were both awesome.

1:18 PM, April 10, 2007  

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