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April 16th, 2007


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04:11 pm
For those of you who missed it on the blogs as I did, apparently Joshua Bell did some busking in DC recently. He was only recognized by one person, and only 5 or so lingered to listen for even a few seconds.
washington post article.

Fascinating? depressing? unsurprising?
Current Location: work

(6 bits of drivel | babble incoherently)

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From:bbbsg
Date:April 16th, 2007 08:17 pm (UTC)
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Fascinating? depressing? unsurprising?

yes.
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From:geekpixie
Date:April 16th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
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My point on this was that they did it in the morning, not the evening. If I have to be at work for 7:30 and it's 7:15, I'm not going to notice who is busking.
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From:inahandbasket
Date:April 16th, 2007 09:08 pm (UTC)
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true dat.
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From:secretlyironic
Date:April 16th, 2007 10:07 pm (UTC)
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"Famous classical musician" is kind of an oxymoron, isn't it?
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From:pisceandreamer
Date:April 16th, 2007 10:40 pm (UTC)
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Never had any cool violinists when I was working in the city & taking the train in...

I often leave a bit of money for street musicians, but don't necessarily stop and listen. What they don't see is that I am still listening as I go down the street and usually have a smile on my face and a little more spring in my step as I go along.

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From:macthud
Date:April 23rd, 2007 05:33 am (UTC)
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what geekpixie siad, but also -- they deliberately chose lesser-known works.

I listened to the entire recording -- or rather, I tried to listen to it.

There was too much train station noise to listen to it happily, *and* the music wasn't inviting -- it was *challenging*, which can be a good thing in a concert scenario -- but when busking, it's not what one would normally choose.

If they went with *inviting* musical selections, and repeated this experiment during the evening rush (when people aren't usually anywhere near as concerned with Getting There Now), I think they'd return with radically different results.

Not that they'll ask me about it... ;-)
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