Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Would You Stop & Listen? ~ Joshua Bell

A Violinist in the Metro
A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, It was calculated that thousands of people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by and a middle aged man noticed there was a musician playing. He slowed his pace and stopped for a few seconds and then hurried up to meet his schedule.
A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping continued to walk. A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy.
His mother tagged him along, hurried but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally the mother pushed hard and the child continued to walk turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on. In the 45 minutes the musician played, only six people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. Except ONE LADY.

No one passing by on that morning knew it, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the best musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars.

Two days before playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $100.

This is a real story.
Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste and priorities of people.

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 along the way?"
In a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize talent in an unexpected context? Are We Listening to OUR inner VIRTUOSO? With Immense Smiles From A Lover of Life in Concert with the music in my Heart Space...~Margo Renay~

Monday, September 28, 2009

Spontaneous Voices in Belgium ~ The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music.
Margo Renay Sullivan

The Sounds of Music
200 Spontaneous Voices...
In a Belgium Train Station.
Without the many millions
Of Potential Voices
And Sparks of Inspiration...
At all levels of Creation and Design.
How Can Any Expand Beyond...this Continium?

Push Pause on Music Box before playing Video.
The Story:
This video was made in the Antwerp , Belgium Central (Train) Stationon the 23rd of March 2009.
With no warning to the passengers passing through the station, at 08:00 am a recording of Julie Andrews singing 'Do, Re, Mi' begins to play on the public address system.

As the bemused passengers watch in amazement, dancers begin to appear from the crowd and station entrances. More than 200 dancers created this amazing stunt with just two rehearsals!

Those 4 fantastic minutes started the 23 of March 2009, 08:00 AM. It is a promotion stunt for a Belgian television program, where they are looking for someone to play the leading role, in the musical of "The Sound of Music".

The top 'frame' is the Final Edit with the lower 2 frames additional angles...a little mutli-dimensional view.

You See, All Have Value and Harmonies that add to Creation. All of us.