My dear friend sent this email to me the other day. I am sure many of you have read it before, but it was a new one to me.
Washington DC Metro Station on a cold January morning in 2007. He played six
Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time approx 2 thousand people
went through the station, most of them on their way to work. After 3 minutes a
middle-aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and
stopped for a few seconds and then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 minutes later:
The violinist received his first dollar: a woman threw the money in the till
and, without stopping, continued to walk.
A young man leaned against the wall to listen to him, then looked at his
watch and started to walk again.
A 3 year old boy stopped but his mother tugged him along hurriedly, as the
kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the
child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated
by several other children. Every parent, without exception, forced them to move
The musician played. Only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20
gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32.
He finished playing and silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded,
nor was there any recognition.
No one knew this but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, with a violin worth $3.5 million dollars. Two days before Joshua Bell sold out a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.
I did check this out on Snopes to make sure it was true. One has to wonder how many things of beauty we pass by on a daily basis because we're just too hurried to take notice. Seems we all should take the time to smell the roses.
Happy hump day all!