Wednesday, April 8, 2009

I am humbled...

Forgive me if you have seen this before, but it is an article from the Washington Post a couple of years back. They had Joshua Bell, one of the finest classical violinists in the world, masquerade as a street performer.

It is a fascinating article on so many levels, but one part that really stood out to me was the part about the children. Every single child that passed tried to stop and watch--every single one.

And so today, I feel especially humbled to write YA.

13 comments:

  1. I remember reading the article, but I had forgotten about the kids. That's so awesome. And, I bet you don't only have to write YA to create something that kids can appreciate.

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  2. I did see that, but it's still an inspiring story. And I hadn't noticed the point about the children until you pointed it out. That says so much, doesn't it...

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  3. My favorite line was, "He is the one who is real. They are the ghosts." So true. When we are too blind or deaf to appreciate beauty, we are leading a sort of unlife.

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  4. Wow, I never heard about that. Fascinating article. I'm astounded that so many people passed without a glance, without even a pause! It's jaw dropping. There is no way, no way in a million years that I wouldn't have stopped. Granted, I'm a classical music fan, but still . . .

    *sigh* Joshua Bell is so amazing. It hurt my heart to see people ignore his genius.

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  5. Thanks for the link to that article. I have never read it before. I play the violin and have for a few years. It makes me wonder if I would have stopped to listen to this master at work if I had been there. Something about music, particularly from the violin, is so moving and beautiful it's almost painful (in an achingly amazing way) to hear it--I can't imagine so many people walking by as though there was no one there at all.

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  6. As the parent of several young adults, I thank you for writing quality literature for them.
    And that is amazing that the kids stopped.

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  7. Great when your gifts match your vision and passion!

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  8. Davin - absolutely, any writer has the ability to influence kids. Good point.

    Tara - It really does. That is amazing.

    Jessie - That was a great line. It really makes you think about what kind of things we might be missing by being so busy.

    Renee - I know, the part when he was talking about the uncomfortable silences when no one clapped was really sad.

    Cindy - From the way you talk about violin music, I would think you would have stopped. I make a habit of stopping to listen to street performers whenever I can... but I also live in a place where I don't see many of them. If I lived in D.C. I'm not sure it would still be my policy.

    Debbie - You are so sweet. Thank you :)

    Angie - Very true, thanks :)

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  9. Children are amazing. Their little minds are attuned to beauty, humor, sorrow, and so many other things in a way that often puts us adults to shame.

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  10. Candi - I know, kids never cease to amaze. :)

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  11. I would like to think that I would have stopped. (I often do stop and listen to street musicians and give them money, when I'm in a big city.) I'm sitting here still crying at the beauty of the music from the little snippets in the videos and the story behind it. Music like that moves me profoundly. I can understand people rushing along to not be late for work, but I have a hard time fathoming those who just completely ignored the music. How can you be standing in line nearby and not be moved--not partake of the brilliant musical feast--not even notice it was there? Jenn, Thanks, for sharing this story!

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  12. I didn't get a chance to read the full article earlier, so I went back... I swear I felt like my heart stood still as I was reading some of that and then listening to the clips. I really hope this makes me pay attention to beauty around me more often.

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  13. Un-freakin'-believeable. I can't imagine rushing past and NOT stopping to listen. Of course, I made my son late to school once by stopping and letting him watch a snapping turtle in our neighborhood, too...

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