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    ------------------------------------------ If you haven't seen the two-DVD set, "The Impressionists", you don't know what you're missing!

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    I rented it from Netflix and absolutely loved it. It is an enactment of the lives of Monet, Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, Degas, and other Impressionist painters living at that time around Paris. Fascinating and eye-opening!





My friend MaryLou Roberts sent along this story today. It is a true story from the Washington Post. I think it says a lot about our society, and it made me realize that one of the things I love most about painting, and plein air painting in particular, is that it forces me to “stop and smell the roses”. How much do we really see and hear of the world around us? Feel free to enter your comments on this post.

A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the
violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for
about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was
calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of
them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was a
musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and
then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman
threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him,
but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he
was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother
tagged him along, hurried but 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. All the parents, without exception, forced
them to move on.

In the 45 minutes 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. When he finished playing and
silence took over, no one noticed it. 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 his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a
theater in Boston and the seats averaged $100.00 each.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro
station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social
experiment about perception, taste and 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 of the possible conclusions from this experience could be:

If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best
musicians in the world playing some of the best music ever written,
how many other things are we missing ?

You can click the play button below to see the YouTube video of the event as it happened. It’s worth the listen if only to hear snippets of Joshua Bell playing the Bach Chaconne!

2 Responses to “Does anybody ever stop to smell the roses?”

Urbanites generally know better than to stop and make eye contact with beggers and buskers. And it’s not unusual to have your pocket picked by confederates of street performers. This article has a flavor of elite condescension towards its subjects. The answer to the question “how many other things are we missing” is contextual. In the case of rush hour the answer is you miss your train.

I believe that we miss more than we know… and the experiment is a good example – anything out of context can be interpereted differently… but in the end if we all allow ourselves to notice the beauty of life – the cracks in the sidewalk, the smile of a homeless person (even if they are trying to pick your pocket) and stop being so selfish and self centered, the world might be a brighter place to live… the idea of picking up someone else’s trash instead of walking past it on the sidewalk – or giving a bottle of water to a homeless person or donating time to a voulenteer organization… it doesn’t take much to make us feel good – and all we have to do is slow down a little.

lastly, I will say this – I think that people like things because other people like them – we’re all caught up with what other’s see in us… so people go to concerts, buy art, wear certain clothes not because they love them but sometimes because they think that others will think better of them because of these choices… there is beauty in graffitti… (even if I can’t spell it) and in spoken word – the song of birds and whir of cars outside – it’s everywhere if we look – and when we stop worrying about what others think or how they might hurt us, we find suddenly that there’s less pain and fear. (how’s that for rambling!) – thanks for the post!

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