The Washington Post sponsored an experiment. They asked Joshua Bell, one of the greatest musicians in the world, to play one of his favorite melodies. Bell chose to play one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on his Stradivarius violin worth $3.5 million dollars. He hopped onto a train, put the violin case on the floor, set himself up, placed the violin beneath his chin, closed his eyes and began.

When he finished playing, silence took over. No one noticed. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition. A few people, out of pity, dropped a total of $12 into his violin case. No one knew this, but the violinist, Joshua Bell, just two days prior, in a concert he gave in Boston, sold out the theater where the seats averaged $100.

One possible conclusion reached from this experiment could be this: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world, playing some of the finest music ever written, with one of the most beautiful instruments ever made…How many other things are we missing?


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