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Zhenya Article about Joshua Bell trying busking (76* d) RE: Article about Joshua Bell trying busking 09 Apr 07

It's an interesting article. But in all fairness to people, they should have tried this on a Sunday afternoon, when people had more choice about staying to listen or not.

Regardless of what you think about whether Americans are too rushed, the reality is that most people have to support themselves by working, and have to be at work at a certain time, no matter how much they'd like to stop and listen to the music. Many people were probably cutting it close on their commute, often to make time in their life for family, sleep and other important things. Many of these people really didn't have the option to stop and listen without being late for an appt. or work, and jeopardizing themselves in some way, or inconveniencing other people who were expecting them.

I've seen crowds gathered around buskers at NYC subway stations if they're good, and I believe that would have happened in this situation, if it was at an appropriate point of day. Even the evening rush hour would have made more sense. But if this was set up so people really could take advantage of it and listen, then the Washington Post couldn't have printed this fairly condescending article.

P.S. This article is also assuming that everyone should love classical music, and violin in particular. Some people just don't. (I play fiddle by the way, so I'm playing devil's advocate with my own instrument here.)

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