Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Stop and hear the music

On a cold January morning in 2007, a young man wearing a long sleeve t-shirt and a baseball hat played 6 Bach pieces in a Washington DC Metro station for nearly an hour. Nearly 2,000 people walked by on their way to work - only 6 stopped to listen, 20 gave the man money. He made $32.

What people didn't realize was that this man was Joshua Bell, one of the world's finest musicians. The violin he played was worth $3.5 million. Two days earlier, he played in a theatre in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

If we do not take a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments... what else are we missing?