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Has This Happened Where You Live?Views: 958
Jan 22, 2009 7:38 amHas This Happened Where You Live?#

Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Who is he? 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 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 l 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 average $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of an 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 the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?

As we all begin this New Year 2009...let us take time to be fully in the Present Moment and not miss the small and exquisite things in Life.

Lamar Morgan
CDMM - Synergistic Business Marketing
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Private Reply to Lamar Morgan 954-603-7901

Jan 22, 2009 9:06 pmre: Has This Happened Where You Live?#

Sherry Sword
Hi Lamar,

As the wife of an exquisite musician, this story is of particular interest to me.

My husband played before thousands of people at huge rock festivals and concerts in the 70's. He has a loyal fan base and his music continues to be reissued in CD format and on compilation CDs.

Yet he has played in small clubs when no one knew 'who he was' and had the same experience Joshua had. There is usually a person or two who will make a point of introducing themselves to ask about him. Most drink, dance, talk, or move on after listening without comment.

I've always been amazed at this!

Here's to being in the moment......listening, seeing, tasting, feeling......

Cheers,
Sherry

http://www.sherrysword.com


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