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Would you stop and listen?

Postby ratesjul » Wed Apr 11, 2007 12:06 pm

If a world famous violinist was playing in the metro on the way to work, would you stop to listen or just walk on by?

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Postby Ithilien » Wed Apr 11, 2007 1:04 pm

OMG, Joshua Bell?! I don't think I could move at all!
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Postby human. » Wed Apr 11, 2007 7:11 pm

That's depressing.
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Postby anonshadow » Wed Apr 11, 2007 8:26 pm

Probably not. I'm always late.



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Postby Oliver Dale » Wed Apr 11, 2007 9:57 pm

What a brilliant article. Thanks for the link. And I hope you all took the time to read it instead of just gleaning the punchline from it (oh, the irony!) because it is worth it.

I have to be honest -- I've heard Joshua Bell's CD before and enjoyed the hell out of it. But I most certainly would have marched on by. I'm always in a hurry, with somewhere to go, and I focus.

And I would have been ashamed and kicked myself for it afterwards.

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Postby peterlocke123 » Wed Apr 11, 2007 10:14 pm

I'd keep walking, but slow down to hear as much as possible without being late to wherever I was going.
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Postby ratesjul » Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:13 am

What a brilliant article. Thanks for the link. And I hope you all took the time to read it instead of just gleaning the punchline from it (oh, the irony!) because it is worth it.
I certainly read all (or at least most) of the article. I also intend to go back and watch the clips they have attached to it - amusingly I was about to run off to work when I found, read, posted etc.
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Postby zeroguy » Thu Apr 12, 2007 1:16 am

Hey, I've used that stop quite a few times. It almost makes me wish I was back in DC when he did this...

I would probably not stop. I do hear music I really like being played in metro stations, but usually I feel I've gotten enough just during the escalator ride. If I stop to listen, I don't know when I'd leave.
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Postby fawkes » Thu Apr 12, 2007 12:50 pm

If I wasn't in a hurry, I'd probably stop and listen, then just catch the next train. But if I was in a hurry, I wouldn't stop.
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Postby Jebus » Thu Apr 12, 2007 7:57 pm

I can't imagine not stopping, even if only for a few seconds. But then, I like to idle.

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Postby Hegemon » Thu Apr 12, 2007 8:24 pm

i would probably speed up...

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Postby Borommakot_15 » Thu Apr 12, 2007 9:19 pm

I thought that John might say something like that...

Me, though.. I have never even heard of this guy...

I would probably just keep going, and ignore it.
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Postby anonshadow » Fri Apr 13, 2007 12:09 am

I've been thinking about this, and I talked about it briefly with my best friend and my da. My da pointed out that I tend to give some kind of recognition when there's good music on the subway, even if I don't have time to stop or don't have money with me. And, if my best friend had been with me, I certainly would have stopped. She's a violinist, and knows good violin work, thank you very much.

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Postby jotabe » Fri Apr 13, 2007 1:02 am

That, and also this isn't the usual music you would hear from a street fiddler. I might have stopped... probably out of novelty.

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Postby ratesjul » Mon Apr 16, 2007 12:39 am

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