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Lox 20 Mar 09 - 11:02 AM
meself 20 Mar 09 - 11:09 AM
Lox 20 Mar 09 - 11:11 AM
meself 20 Mar 09 - 11:25 AM
Folkiedave 20 Mar 09 - 11:29 AM
breezy 20 Mar 09 - 11:35 AM
IanC 20 Mar 09 - 11:38 AM
GUEST,Tunesmith 20 Mar 09 - 04:19 PM
GUEST,Tunesmith 20 Mar 09 - 04:23 PM
GUEST,lox 20 Mar 09 - 04:47 PM
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GUEST,lox 20 Mar 09 - 05:06 PM
Joe Offer 20 Mar 09 - 05:18 PM
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Subject: violinist on the metro
From: Lox
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 11:02 AM

Wasn't sure which side of the line to put this, but I'm sure someone will work it out.

In the meantime, make sure you read this.



click here


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: meself
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 11:09 AM

Actually, we've talked about this one before - but no harm in bringing it up again.

The implication of the article is that if all those same people realized that the busker was Joshua Bell, they would have stopped everything, listened, and showered money on him. Well, maybe, maybe not.

He made $32 in an hour's busking. Not bad.


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: Lox
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 11:11 AM

Ha - I've made £40!

... therefore ...


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: meself
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 11:25 AM

Oh, yeah, I've made a lot more too on occasion - but I've made an awful lot less, especially just picking some spot at random that I've never tried before.

I can tell you, if young Josh had been sawing out the ol' Devil's Dream just after a victory by the NHL home-team (in this case, the Bruins), he would've had money coming out of his stockings!


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: Folkiedave
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 11:29 AM

A good friend had a pitch in a large northern city.

In the first half she played some wonderful accordion pieces and collected about £15.00. She went back later and played "Sous Les Ponts De Paris" and made a fortune.


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: breezy
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 11:35 AM

he was playing in an inappropriate place at an inappropriate time,some people do have to commute and so his ego was smashed.

Sometimes us 'musicians' have to relalise that no matter how good we are or think we are there is the right time and place to demonstrate it.

thats how come I'll never play in the subway'

Who is Joshua Bell anyway, just another keano.

btw , did he use orchestral backing tracks?


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: IanC
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 11:38 AM

He made $32 in an hour ... which isn't bad as most jobs go. He knows where to go if he's a bit short of a bob or two now, and he'll probably improve his technique.

:-)


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 04:19 PM

Joshua did make a great "folkie" recording a few years ago with Sam Bush and friends. Here's a link to the metro clip.

Joshua busking


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: GUEST,Tunesmith
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 04:23 PM

Here's an audio link to Joshua, Sam Bush and friends doing the "folkie" stuff I mentioned above.

A Short Trip Home by Joshua Bell and friends


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: GUEST,lox
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 04:47 PM

Whats a keano?


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: meself
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 04:56 PM

Is there any reason to suppose that Joshua Bell would have stopped to admire the work of one of the world's great stonemasons, or auto mechanics, or truck drivers, if that person happened to be working along JB's route to, say, Carnegie Hall?


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: GUEST,lox
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 05:06 PM

For me the actual interesting thing about the article is the fact that people would pay $100 to go and see "Joshua Bell" in concert, but aren't actually that bothered by the sight of joshua bell playing for free.


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: Joe Offer
Date: 20 Mar 09 - 05:18 PM

Aw, Breezy, is it so bad? - an inappropriate place at an inappropriate time? I've heard buskers in the DC Metro quite often when I've worked in DC. Can't say I could very often afford the time to stop, but I certainly enjoyed it. I never saw anybody annoyed by buskers - but maybe in this day of cellphones, the self-important businessmen might not like their conversations being interrupted. I quit work before cellphones became omnipresent.
But I'm sure many low-priced buskers sound nearly as good as Joshua Bell.

-Joe-


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: Cool Beans
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 02:15 PM

Many months later the Washington Post ran an incredible follow-up to the story. Seems a nearly identical stunt was tried in the 1930s by a newspaper and a famous violinist and the results were the same: most passersby ignored him.


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: Sttaw Legend
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 02:42 PM

I think this is very interesting and does make you think about our busy lifes and how many other things we are missing as life goes by!!

"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?"

"forget to look at things with their own eyes, listen with their own ears, and appreciate anything with their own hearts."


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: GUEST, topsie
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 03:09 PM

"Is there any reason to suppose that Joshua Bell would have stopped to admire the work of one of the world's great stonemasons, or auto mechanics, or truck drivers, if that person happened to be working along JB's route to, say, Carnegie Hall?"

Is there any reason to suppose that he wouldn't?


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Subject: RE: violinist on the metro
From: breezy
Date: 21 Mar 09 - 05:14 PM

A 'keano' is a modern day youth culture term for someone who is enthusiastic about something.... I b'leeve


Didnt say i would have stoped either as i didnt go much on his tunes!

All this classical gear can be over-rated and snobbish. You can hear the conversation over dinner
'You'll never guess where we went last Tuesday evening, we went to ...and we saw... the seats cost... and during the interval we had....and we saw... we went by.... I wore.......and we were shattered by the time we got home...and ... had to be up early the next morning for work ... and there was this guy playing violin at the station ...he looked like the performer we saw the previous night but it couldnt have been him, any way its not like the real thing, you know, the atmosphere'


yep ,absolutely the wrong place and certainly the wrong time of day, and the wrong repertoire for ordinary punters,   only a very small minority go to concerts as only very small number of ordinary people can really understand and recognise and maybe appreciate whats going on, or think they do.

Me . I like songs, thats why I'm a 'keano' folkie


next gig Friday 27th march at the Pumphouse Theatre, in Watford, Herts , U K Adm £8 ! starts * with floor singers

roger and out


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