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Pearls Before Breakfast

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Yeah man everyone here is retarded except me

 

You're okay.

 

It's funny (and kind of sad) that Channel Zero is proving the message behind the story right by not taking the time to read it and think about it.

 

Sorry everyone, I'm sick and kind of cranky because some of the people around me right now are dumb and inconsiderate. Which, in a way, ties into this story (again).

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interesting. i would have stopped to listen, but i wouldn't have given him money, nor would i have paid $100 per seat to watch him in a crowded theater.

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Those people passed by because they're heading to their miserable job. Most bosses won't allow listening to a talented homeless man as an excuse for being late.

 

My thoughts exactly.

 

All you guys posting shit like:

"Well I would've stopped to listen and if I liked it i would've given them 10 bucks cash

and had an in-depth conversation about how their beautiful music is brightening everyones day."

 

Whats it like not having a job and having unlimited time to shoot the shit, and stacks of money to give to random strangers?

 

Also,

If youre not in a hurry to be somewhere, why would you be at the metro station at 7 am?

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AUPenis

 

 

touche..

 

 

i played sax at the springfield mall station in febuary and made a fucking killing in 4 hours of playing half assed go team go and the tmnt theme song..

 

makes me wonder if people where weary of of him due to how he carried himself. he looked like tim burtons willy wonka at a hick bar.

 

i'dve prolly sat down and listened to him play for at least an hour then sold the violin to a pawn shop in fort washington

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Pretty sure this happened a few years ago...still a cool story though.

 

 

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Pearls Before Breakfast

Can one of the nation's great musicians cut through the fog of a D.C. rush hour? Let's find out.

By Gene Weingarten

Washington Post Staff Writer

Sunday, April 8, 2007

 

 

Also,

Mercer-I tried to prop you, but I guess I've gotta spread some rep around first.

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Good article that can be summed up for the mouth breathers in Channel Zero in four words- wrong place, wrong time.

 

one element of this: who listens to classical music? music nerds, nerds, musicians, and the like.

 

most people consider classical music "elevator music" and have no basic comprehension of any element of music. pop, shitty hip hop, and radio rock from the 90s seems to be enough for most of America.

 

plus its a fucking violin. on its own i don't like it, especially at 7 in the morning when i'm pissed to be awake and workbound--that is just gonna grate on people's uneducated ears even more.

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metromap.gif

 

anybody thats been in there knows the lighting coming up vs going in has a weird effect. plus running around down there to catch the metro is insane.

 

had another point but theres some chick sitting near me that looks like a mulatto molly ringwald in 16 candles red hair and errything..bueno

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The implication that I'm not smart enough to understand it is incorrect, it's simply dumb.

 

Channel Zero is not exactly a hotbed of critical/qualitative thinking, and occasionally I make light of that. If you get the message then what I said doesn't apply to you. Carry on.

 

Mercer, I'll concede that the metric was flawed but the story raises a couple good points. Modern life is very compartmentalized, and when we are presented with something out of place like a concert violinist playing in a subway during rush hour or street art we tend to pass it by or be somewhat annoyed that someone had the nerve to put culture in our faces without our consent.

 

For fun, let's turn the proposition on its head....what if there were to be a performance consisting of the sounds and sights of a subway station in an opera house? You can have the sounds of trains, loudspeakers, newsstands, lousy diffused ambient lighting, soot, and have the audience stand in the aisles or sit on subway seats/station benches....do you think people would get antsy and feel the need to get up and go somewhere or would they be able to sit and pay attention through the performance? Would they get the joke?

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I re-read the article and caught this...no wonder it won a Pulitzer-

 

MARK LEITHAUSER HAS HELD IN HIS HANDS MORE GREAT WORKS OF ART THAN ANY KING OR POPE OR MEDICI EVER DID. A senior curator at the National Gallery, he oversees the framing of the paintings. Leithauser thinks he has some idea of what happened at that Metro station.

 

"Let's say I took one of our more abstract masterpieces, say an Ellsworth Kelly, and removed it from its frame, marched it down the 52 steps that people walk up to get to the National Gallery, past the giant columns, and brought it into a restaurant. It's a $5 million painting. And it's one of those restaurants where there are pieces of original art for sale, by some industrious kids from the Corcoran School, and I hang that Kelly on the wall with a price tag of $150. No one is going to notice it. An art curator might look up and say: 'Hey, that looks a little like an Ellsworth Kelly. Please pass the salt.'"

 

Leithauser's point is that we shouldn't be too ready to label the Metro passersby unsophisticated boobs. Context matters.

 

Kant said the same thing. He took beauty seriously: In his Critique of Aesthetic Judgment, Kant argued that one's ability to appreciate beauty is related to one's ability to make moral judgments. But there was a caveat. Paul Guyer of the University of Pennsylvania, one of America's most prominent Kantian scholars, says the 18th-century German philosopher felt that to properly appreciate beauty, the viewing conditions must be optimal.

 

"Optimal," Guyer said, "doesn't mean heading to work, focusing on your report to the boss, maybe your shoes don't fit right."

 

So, if Kant had been at the Metro watching as Joshua Bell play to a thousand unimpressed passersby?

 

"He would have inferred about them," Guyer said, "absolutely nothing."

 

And that's that.

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Interesting... but I think the experiment would have been better served in a park setting on a weekend where people are just hanging out relaxing. Not in the subway when people are heading to work.

 

If I'm on my way to work, even if I did recognize & appreciate the "beauty" and knew who he was, I'm not going to sit there for the next 30 minutes to an hour to listen.

 

But like others said, it does bring up interesting points - are people inclined to appreciate things more because of the setting & context and a sense of belonging & "mob mentality?"

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this thread was as wonderful as the first 4 threads years ago about this urban fairy-tale.

stop and smell the flowers. if it wasnt so poetic i would have posted the titanicsunk.jpg

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When I breakdance in subway stations people always stop to recognize the true beauty.

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red violin was a decent movie...

 

this local homeless dude kills it on violin

 

dude has a great stage presence too, waltzing around & shit while playing - not giving a fuck that he is dressed like huckleberry finn in december

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only way i wud give this mafucka tha time wuz if he wuz playin a sample 4 a rza beat

 

I bet way more people would have stopped if the RZA was performing in the same spot at the same time. I'd like to think that the general public has little to no interest in classical music, I know I sure as shit do not. If I would have saw that guy playing when and where he was, my first reaction would have been either "fucking weirdo" or "look at this attention starved asshole."

I guess from now on I should stop and listen to every street performer with a classical instrument and at the end make sure that he's playing on a multi-million dollar instrument, because the cost surely affects the quality of the piece, right?

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