Thanks for the link. It was a great story...something that I don't see
very often. Well written, researched and caused some good "serious"
debate at home.
Also sent me spending the first couple of hours looking up Bell & Bach.
I suppose it's the perk of working for me... (gotta make it up later
Glad you liked it. At first I thought it was just going to be "Duchamp's
Fountain Debate Redux", but then I found myself choked up at the thought of
the transience of all art but especially performed art, and all the
collective struggle and sacrifice that goes art that never sees the light of
day. Not new thoughts, surely, but it stopped me for a while today too.
Must be a Washington thing because I have many friends who play the subways
in NYC. Not Joshua Bell quality or anything but damn good musicians. On
average, during one 3 hr rush hour (oxymoron?) at a similarily busy subway
station, they routinely make about $20-30 an hour. For most it's a matter
of "hey if I'm going to practice today anyhow, why not practice in public
and make a few bucks".
But Bell said it best: "Actually," Bell said with a laugh, "that's not so
bad, considering. That's 40 bucks an hour. I could make an okay living doing
this, and I wouldn't have to pay an agent."
What's sad about that?
I get that part but anyone who takes on something like playing in a subway
station in a major urban center cannot and I mean cannot ever think or be
affected by stuff like that. If they did, they'd be eaten alive.
Same goes for those walking past. Their only concern is getting to the
office and meeting that deadline etc etc etc. Is it a problem? Yeah
But it's as natural an event as the tide is to the oceans (Jane Jacobs just
rolled over in her grave).
Buddha says your too attached to impermanent things.
You desire appreciation, and desire leads to suffering. Let it go.
Ask the Hot Dog vendor to make you one with everything.
Or something like that :-P
BTW, being a successful and good street performer is not just about being
talented. As they say, LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION. In this particular
case Bell sets himself up to play BEFORE the turnstyles to the subway?
C'mon any intelligent person can figure out that that is the one location
where people hurry up the most of their entire commute... the only thing on
their minds is "get to the platform, the train might be there!". The place
to play is either on the platform where people waiting to take their trains
are essentially forced to listen, or in some plaza where traffic is heavy
but away from that final rush to the turnstyle.
Just an observation...
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