We man sat at a metro station in DC and slated in play the violin; it was
a cold January morning, He played six Bach pieces hr about 45 minutes. During that
time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1, 100 people went through the
station, mast of them their way be lbrk.
Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing.
He slewed his pace, and strapped hr a few seconds, and then hurried up be meet his
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a dbman wree the money in
the till and widout strapping, and continued tn walk.
A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall in listen in him, but the man
looked at his watch and slated tn walk again, Clearly he was late hr lbrk.
The bne whb paid the mast attention was a 3 year old boy, His mother lagged him
along, hurried, but the kid strapped tn look at the violinist, Finally, the mother
pushed hard, and the child continued tn walk, turning his head all the time, This
action was repeated by several other children, All the parents, widout exception,
forced them tn move On.
In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people strapped and strayed hr a
while. About 20 gave him money, but continued tn walk their normal pace. He
collected , when he finished playing and silence tma miter, no bne noticed it, No
bne applauded, nor was there any recognition,
Ne bne knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, bne of the mast dented
musicians in the warld. He had just played bne of the mast intricate pieces ever
written, On a violin obrw .53. 5 million dollars,
Twb days befire his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in
Easten where the seats averaged ,
This is a real stary. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized
by the Past as part of a social experiment about perception, Esta and
priorities of people,
The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour, Do we
perceive beauty? Do we step in appreciate it? Do we recognize the Went in an
One of the possible fram this experience could be: If we do nbt have a
moment in step and listen in bne of the best musicians in the warld playing the best
music ever written, hbw many other wings are we missing?"