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Chris Forbis
04-08-2007, 10:37 AM
Summary: Washington Post has one of the best violinists in the world covertly perform outside a Metro station in DC and videotape it to see what happens.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2007/04/04/AR2007040401721.html?hpid=topnews

Just another reminder that most of need to learn to slow down and smell the daisies.

Brian Sullivan
04-08-2007, 12:31 PM
Thanks for the link

Allen Yeh
04-08-2007, 01:15 PM
Very interesting...makes you think that sometimes you really should just stop and smell the roses more often. Thanks for the link.

Derek Simonds
04-08-2007, 06:14 PM
Friday night I had a date with my 5 year old daughter. I let her pick where we went to dinner. Before dinner I needed to get a haircut and we had to pick up some new shoes for her. We ate dinner and I wanted to get home because my wife and I were going out on a date at 9:00. On the way out of the mall (kind of a big strip mall) parking lot I saw a bunch of people sitting around playing music. I pulled closer and rolled down the windows on my car and it was a bluegrass jam session.

I parked and we got out to listen. It turns out that there is a group of people, all over 50, that just show up in the parking lot under a big tree to play together. There was probably 50 people listening and 10 - 15 playing. They don't practice together it is more of a jam session. They go around the circle and each person calls the song and the chord they want to play. We ended up staying for almost an hour.

Two things happened that moved me. First after I explained what was going on and how this is what I grew up listening to my daughter looks at me and says "daddy lets dance". Her and I cut a rug right in the middle of that parking lot. The second thing that amazed me was an elderly woman was walking amongst the people listening giving out cookies. When she came over to us she had two kinds, chocolate chip and beautiful easter egg cookies with icing and sprinkles. I am talking about the kind that are hand decorated. My daughter took one and she moved on to make sure that everyone there had a cookie. Pretty cool.

I have a great appreciation for music and enjoy most any music live. I have been in many situations like this article and I am probably about 50 / 50 on whether I stop or pass on by. Truthfully it sucks when we can't take time out of our frenetic lives for something as truly beautiful as what that musician was playing.

Hopefully next time I am near a rose (of any kind) I will remember this article and take time to smell it.

Steve Shafley
04-08-2007, 06:23 PM
Beyond awesome.

Allen Yeh
04-08-2007, 06:31 PM
Friday night I had a date with my 5 year old daughter. I let her pick where we went to dinner. Before dinner I needed to get a haircut and we had to pick up some new shoes for her. We ate dinner and I wanted to get home because my wife and I were going out on a date at 9:00. On the way out of the mall (kind of a big strip mall) parking lot I saw a bunch of people sitting around playing music. I pulled closer and rolled down the windows on my car and it was a bluegrass jam session.

I parked and we got out to listen. It turns out that there is a group of people, all over 50, that just show up in the parking lot under a big tree to play together. There was probably 50 people listening and 10 - 15 playing. They don't practice together it is more of a jam session. They go around the circle and each person calls the song and the chord they want to play. We ended up staying for almost an hour.

Two things happened that moved me. First after I explained what was going on and how this is what I grew up listening to my daughter looks at me and says "daddy lets dance". Her and I cut a rug right in the middle of that parking lot. The second thing that amazed me was an elderly woman was walking amongst the people listening giving out cookies. When she came over to us she had two kinds, chocolate chip and beautiful easter egg cookies with icing and sprinkles. I am talking about the kind that are hand decorated. My daughter took one and she moved on to make sure that everyone there had a cookie. Pretty cool.

I have a great appreciation for music and enjoy most any music live. I have been in many situations like this article and I am probably about 50 / 50 on whether I stop or pass on by. Truthfully it sucks when we can't take time out of our frenetic lives for something as truly beautiful as what that musician was playing.

Hopefully next time I am near a rose (of any kind) I will remember this article and take time to smell it.

Awesome story Derek! I really must be more cognizant of my surroundings and stop being so focused all the time when I'm out and about. I've always been the "hurry hurry, we're going to be late" kind of guy. I need to learn how to slow down sometimes and just enjoy things that might come along.

Mike ODonnell
04-08-2007, 07:38 PM
My favorites books are always about "awareness".....Great story Derek....most people try and work their life away thinking there is some sort of reward at the end....when the reward is really living the day you have right now....and you can only live the present moment...

James Hall
04-08-2007, 07:38 PM
Derek,

My wife and I often lament the fast pace of life. One of the best nights of my life was 2 yrs age when I took my then 8 yo daughter on a date. She got to pick the place of dinner and the event (a movie). It was intended to show her how a man should treat her, but the treat was all mine.
It was one of the best nights of my life and has cemented a strong relationship between us. We took pictures and my wife was so proud!
She is an "Oops" baby, but she makes me laugh every day. I can't imagine my life without her. I know when I grow old enough to be a really old fart, she'll be there to take care of me (Thank God!!):)

Robb Wolf
04-09-2007, 01:33 PM
Beautiful stuff. You guys freaking rock.

Jesse Woody
04-09-2007, 03:03 PM
This is the kind of thing that amazes me about most people, and the main reason I became so enamored with street-art of any kind at a young age. A great site for the kind of fleeting artwork that makes you redefine the urban environment is http://www.woostercollective.com, and a great video that they featured next week can be found here:

http://youtube.com/watch?v=ws5wIUdU5y4

I think this is a great example of making the most of the everyday landscape and finding a way to appreciate those little fleeting moments of beauty to the absolute maximum.

Awesome link...I've sent it to everybody I know today :p

Neal Winkler
04-09-2007, 03:16 PM
It's a nice thought that everyone could stand around and partake in such beauty, but somehow I don't think the, "I was listening to some guy play the violin," excuse would fly with anyones boss at work. :-(

Mike ODonnell
04-09-2007, 03:58 PM
If that extra 2 minutes really screws up a day...why don't we leave 5 min earlier and go without all the stress?....one can be part of the herd and stare at the ass in front of you...or stand out from them and enjoy the clean air....everyone has a choice....not all are willing to do it...

Pierre Auge
04-09-2007, 04:00 PM
You guys get out?

that was excellent

Allen Yeh
04-10-2007, 09:07 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2007/04/09/VI2007040900536.html

The full 44 minute audio from that day. Listened to it on my headphones at work, just awesome.