Nobody was listening?

11 Jan

Lately, most of my salient news comes from Facebook, like this story shared by Knowledge is Power.

For those of you who don’t want to read the story link, here’s the short version:

Rejoice! Ocean Breeze poster by Steve Henderson, available through Steve Henderson Fine Art

Rejoice! Ocean Breeze poster by Steve Henderson, available through Steve Henderson Fine Art

Man in busy Washington D.C. metro station plays violin for 45 minutes. Nobody pays attention.

Of the approximately 1100 people who pass through in that time, a 3-year-old is the most attentive, turning to listen as his mother drags him on.

The man with the violin is Joshua Bell, one of the world’s most talented musicians, playing on a $3.5 million dollar violin. In his day job, Bell plays at concert halls to people gladly paying $100 per ticket.

As Knowledge is Power puts it, “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?”

The world needs art — visual, musical, written — and seriously does not know this. Artists — keep it up, keep at it, create beauty and promote it to this sad, busy, lonely world.

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One Response to “Nobody was listening?”

  1. Patricia J Finley January 11, 2013 at 6:03 pm #

    How do we do this? As a visual artist, I have long thought that much of the problem with selling art was the fact that middle America did not know that my art was not much more expensive than the mass produced pieces at Target. How do we get this across to folks?

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