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Stop and Hear the Music

I’ve been reading John Ortberg’s book The Me I Want To Be. In his book he shares the story of Joshua Bell:

“Joshua Bell is perhaps the world’s finest violinist…As an experiment, he recently played-unannounced- in a metro station in Washington, DC. The people who conducted this experiment were warned by experts that a crowd would certainly gather; they might need extra security. Surely many people would flock to this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

Joshua Bell brought his 1713 Stradivarius violin-which cost millions of dollars-and began playing the six most beautiful songs in his repertoire. The world’s greatest violinist playing the world’s greatest music on the world’s greatest instrument….a thousand people walked by. One woman alone recognized him and stopped to listen…”