Monday, April 09, 2007

Incognito in Public

What would happen if one of the USA's greatest, most recognized 30-something classical musicians performed for tips in a Washington, DC subway station? To find out, read this long, disturbing article (replete with video) from yesterday's Washington Post (Sunday, April 8, 2007):   [Article]

The follow-up question for all of us: What does it signify for living composers?

--Mark Gresham


Darren Nelsen said...

I'm shocked, and not.

In addition to 'being busy', I think part of the problem is that people in our society are not allowed to appreciate beauty. It's embarrassing to people to stop and pause and listen and admire. It's something they're "not supposed to do." You're considered a wuss if you do so, and something to be ashamed of.

We live in a land of chauvinism, where doing is better than being.

We truly are in Koyaanisqatsi, life out of balance.

Here's an idea... make this type of event a regular occurrence. As more beauty is presented to people more often, more people will wake up and recognize it and appreciate it. Yeah, it'll take time... but we should try something... we should try our own experiment...

We should do this in Atlanta. Take modern music... our compositions... played by live musicians in public places. But instead of a one-shot pop, schedule it to happen several times over a week, a month, a year.

Let's see what happens.

I'm serious. Who's game?

Darren Nelsen said...

P.S. My condolences to Mr. Bell.