Tuesday, April 17, 2007

He Who Has Ears, Let Him Hear

I came upon this very thought provoking article at the Washington Post. Basically one of the world's best violin players, with one of the world's best violins, plays some of the best violin pieces from all time...in a Metro station in DC. How do the majority of the people respond? Well, for the most part they keep looking straight ahead and go about their business. Obviously, on one level this is a simple matter of context and a poor way to communicate very beautiful music. The World's best musicians don't normally play in a metro station, not to mention people riding the Metro at rush hour normally need to be somewhere.

One of my favorite quotes from the article:
"If we can't take the time out of our lives to stay a moment and listen to one of the best musicians on Earth play some of the best music ever written; if the surge of modern life so overpowers us that we are deaf and blind to something like that -- then what else are we missing?"