Life's Music is Everywhere
I have a story to tell you,
In April, 2007 the Washington Post set up an experiment that involved one of the world’s leading violinists and a busy Metro commuting station in Washington, D.C. The Violinist was Joshua Bell who has won multiple awards for his incredible talent and just two days prior had sold out a theatre in Boston for an average of $100 per ticket. While in the metro stations Joshua Bell played six Bach pieces on his Stradivarius Violin worth more than $3.5 Million.
He played for roughly one hour. It took four minutes for the first person to stop. Yet, that was not a sign of what would occur over the next hour. Only six people stopped. The ones who paid the most attention were children. When he was done playing, he made $32.17.
There are so many take-aways from a story like this. Are we all too busy? Was he in the right place for his typical, target audience? Kids are amazingly aware of the beauty around them - would we be that way if we were free of the big expectations on our lives?
I read a quote awhile back that has stuck with me, “Content is king, but context is god.” Even though the music was impeccable, being the in the wrong place, at the wrong time reduces its value. If you watch the videos in the article, the music and his musicianship are beautiful. It seems impossible to have passed this by. Easy for me to say sitting in front of my laptop on a beautiful summer morning.
Today I am doing some practice filming for an upcoming project. I couldn’t be more excited for what I am going to learn - but more importantly - for the stories I am going to hear. I do believe that life’s music is all around us (and in us) and I hope my journey to share and teach it can be a symphony for the world.
Here is to great stories,