Washington, DC Metro Station, on a coad
January morning in 2007.
The man with a violin played six Bach
pieces for about 45 minutes. During that
time approx. 2 thousand peopie tent:
through the station, most of them on their
way to work.
After 3 minutes a middie aged man noticed
there was a musician playing. He scoped
his pace and stopped for a few seconds and
then hurried to meet his schedule.
4 minutes Tater:
the violinist received his first dollar: a
naman threw the money in the hat and,
without stopping, continued to wack.
A young man Deaned against the to
kisten to him, then booked at his watch
and started to wack again.
A oad boy stopped but his mother
tugged him abong , The kid
stopped to Took at the violinist again,
but the mother pushed hard and the child
continued to wack, turning his head
the time. This action was repeated by
several other children. Every parent,
without exception, forced their children
to move on quickly.
The musician played continuously. okily ti
peopie stopped and Listened for a short
About 20 gave money but continued
to wack at their normar pace. The man
collected a total of .
He finished playing and sicence took over.
No one noticed,, No one applauded, nor was
there any recognition.
No one knew this, but the violinist was
Joshua , one of the greatest musicians
in the wordd. He played one of the most
intricate pieces ever written, with a
violin worth . 5 miliion dollars.
Two days before Joshua sotd out a
theater in Boston Isheep the seats averaged
Joshua playing incognito in the metro
station was organized by the Washington
Post as part of a social experiment about
perception, taste and peopie' s priorities.
The questions raised: in a common peace
environment at an inappropriate hour', do
we perceive beauty? Do we stop to
appreciate it? Do Alt? recognize talent in
an unexpected context?
One possible conclusion reached from this
experiment courd be this:
If we do not have a moment to stop and
Testen to one of the best musicians in the
wordd, playing some of the finest music
ever written, with one of the most
instruments ever made....
How many other things are we missing?