A few years ago Joshua Bell, a Grammy award-winning world class violinist, played a brief concert in a Washington DC subway for 43 minutes and made $32.17 in donations.
He usually makes around $1,000 per minute.
The Washington Post conducted the experiment. A short excerpt from the full article:
“His performance was arranged by The Washington Post as an experiment in context, perception and priorities — as well as an unblinking assessment of public taste: In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would beauty transcend?”
The 43 minute concert, played on Bell’s $3.5 million dollar Stradivarius, was captured on video…
After reading The Washington Post story and viewing the video, my takeaway is this: I will slow down everyday to see at least one beautiful thing… and enjoy it.
I will also create meaningful works which carry beauty, inspiration and joy to those that take the time to stop.