Joshua Bell Interview with the Washington Post

13 04 2008

What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

— from “Leisure,” by W.H. Davies

— quoted from the article:

Pearls Before Breakfast

Washington Post Staff Writer

Sunday, April 8, 2007; Page W10

‘It’s like a juggler, he says, who can keep those balls in play while interacting with a crowd. What he’s mostly thinking about as he plays, Bell says, is capturing emotion as a narrative: “When you play a violin piece, you are a storyteller, and you’re telling a story.”‘

It was an experiment…where a world famous violinist would play at a tube station for an hour and would see what happened. Only a handful of people stopped…most just rushed to work…but all the children looked. Sometimes, I think of our conditioning and how we lose our connection to beauty as we grow older.

‘The poet Billy Collins once laughingly observed that all babies are born with a knowledge of poetry, because the lub-dub of the mother’s heart is in iambic meter. Then, Collins said, life slowly starts to choke the poetry out of us. It may be true with music, too.’

I think of priorities, and I wonder what these priorities are really for if we can’t see what’s right in front of us.




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