What is beauty?

April 8, 2007 at 10:06 am | Posted in Music | 2 Comments

Joshua Bell, the violin virtuoso who literally fills up every hall he plays in, regardless of it’s location, played for nearly 45 minutes in a Washington DC metro, and ended up collecting $32.17, and turning a few heads and seven listeners actually paused to listen to his sublime notes…..

Here is the washington post original article > Pearls before breakfast

This brings much ye old debates out in the open…. IF A GREAT MUSICIAN PLAYS GREAT MUSIC BUT NO ONE HEARS . . . WAS HE REALLY ANY GOOD?

does beauty indeed lie in the eye of the beholder or is it inherent? or, is it just as the article above says, is it about the priorities that have changed? or, is it about a people driving ahead for finding the next meal, worrying about the next car, paying the next mortgage for the house? I really do not know.

Cheers,
Laks

UPDATE: Gene Weingarten wins the Pulitzer (feature-writing) for this Washington Post article.
http://www.pulitzer.org/year/2008/feature-writing/

To go faster, slow down. Everybody who knows about orbital mechanics understands that. – Scott Cherf

What is this life if, full of care, We have no time to stand and stare.— from “Leisure,” by W.H. Davies

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  1. Saw the same story on another friend’s blog and wrote a loooong comment there. So I’ll just be lazy and post that link here 🙂
    http://randomizedchaos.blogspot.com/2007/04/musical-offering.html

  2. When you think of great talent as one that gets appreciated by others, then not only the talent but also the way it is presented becomes important. But when you think of great talent as one that does not depend on anyone else’s acceptance, then the way it is done doesn’t really matter. I do agree that people are moving faster and faster as every day goes by. In fact, it scares me to think of a fast future where we might not be fast enough… then, what happens?


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