Monday, April 16, 2007

too busy for beauty?

Saw this fascinating article today. What would happen if one of the finest classical musicians in the world, playing some of the most elegant music ever written on one of the most valuable violins ever made were to stand and play during Friday morning rush hour at a busy washington d.c. metro station? What if he put his violin case out for tips, and threw in a few dollars to start with as seed money? Would people stop and listen? Would he make any money? As it turns out, during 45 minutes of solo performance, only 7 of the 1077 people who passed by even stopped for a moment, and 27 gave money, many of them without pausing, for a total of $32 and some change.

I'm *so* one of the 1070 most of the time. Note to self: Must work on this.

HT to El Nellis


byron said...

Wow - what an amazing article (well written too). Thanks for the link.

byron said...

And I just came across the video here.