In 2007 on a cold January morning, a violinist stationed himself in a Washington, DC, train
station and played six classical pieces from Bach.
Except this was no ordinary violinist and it was no ordinary violin.
This was an incognito Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world, who nights earlier had played to a sold-out concert hall in Boston for nearly $100 a ticket.
As Joshua played his $3.5 million violin in the midst of the morning commuter rush, approximately 2,000 people passed through the station, most of them on their way to work.
He played continuously for 45 minutes.
Only six people stopped to listen briefly. No crowd formed.
About 20 folks gave money but continued onward at a brisk pace. When he finished,
there was silence except for the rhythmic hustle of a busy train station.
No applause. No crowd.No recognition.
This experiment, conducted by the Washington Post, uncovers something incredibly
Not even the greatest musician in the world can illuminate the blinding depths of the rat race and those entrenched by its indifference.
Have you become so numbed by making a living that the living has been sucked out of your
Are you so blinded by Monday through Friday that any beauty that sings before you is
The train commuters come and go like zombies–they’re oblivious to the splendor of Monday through Friday.
Yet, what if this experiment occurred on Saturday; would its outcome be any different?
This story exposes the Slow-lane for its contempt..
When you trade your life mindlessly for a paycheck, you risk being blinded to life itself as you cursively walk by it in a busy train station.
Life does not begin on Friday night and end Monday morning…