Yet, on January 12, 2007, when Bell gave an incognito concert in a Washington, D.C., Metro station, hardly anyone stopped to listen.
Why? Name your reason:
- He didn't look like a virtuoso -- he looked like just another street musician.
- He had his violin case open for donations. People don't want to donate.
- It was rush hour. People were rushing.
- The commuters didn't hear him. They were on the phone, or listening to an iPod.
- We're not children. (Children tried to stop and listen. Parents pulled them away.)
Whatever the reason, the challenge is clear -- if we're not receptive to unexpected beauty, we miss it. So start this week with a promise to yourself: Slow down. Look. Listen. There's music all around us, if we're only willing to hear it.