April 09, 2007

Joshua Bell plays the Metro

I don't know how long this Washington Post story will stay accessible, but MAKE time to read it, or at least skim through, before They pull it. Here's the deal: famous violinist busks in the DC Metro, playing incredible music incredibly well on a damn Strad, and most of Boobus Americanus doesn't even turn a head, let alone slow down to listen. Tsk.

There's even a couple minutes of video, in 3 segments.

DON'T miss it. (via waxy.org)

Posted by oook at April 9, 2007 01:13 PM

I couldn't agree more. I actually cried upon reading this piece. I then scanned it and made it available for my students.

Heartbreaking stuff, with just a few rays of hope to keep one going....

Posted by: Gardner at April 10, 2007 12:08 AM

Damn. So many strands: urban life, government life, the fate of classical music in America, surveillance, the poetics of street theater.

This is a good time to walk the dog up here on the mountain, and gather some wood, listening to the winds.

Posted by: Bryan Alexander at April 11, 2007 01:55 PM