It’s not digital music, but it doesn’t matter. It begs the question, do you have time in your day for beauty? Does your audience? (And that beauty might be made with a violin or a laptop, but either way — the question is time and attention.) Also, hint to Joshua Bell: ditch DC and come play Union Square in Manhattan.

Thanks, Brent, who pulls the most telling quote in the story: “But the behavior of one demographic remained absolutely consistent. Every single time a child walked past, he or she tried to stop and watch. And every single time, a parent scooted the kid away.” We’re all old now, but happily we don’t have to act like it.

  • bliss

    The Red Violin soundtrack is great. Music composed by John Corigliano featuring Joshua Bell on violin. I highly recommend it.

  • http://www.milezero.org Thomas

    Kids stop for hideously unidentifiable stains, fallen candy, and scientologists, too.

    Just sayin'.

  • http://www.createdigitalmusic.com Peter Kirn

    All three of which make excellent band names.

    Jerry and the Scientologists!

  • http://symbioticaudio.com Symbiotic

    Adults stop for lottery tickets…Which is the time and money better spent? Hmmmmmmmm…

  • http://www.milezero.org Thomas

    Shouldn't it be Ronnie and the Scientologists?

    Someone try it, so we can see how fast they get sued!

  • dead_red_eyes

    I was really shocked to watch this the other day … it's really freaky. I know that I would stop and listen to an entire song, if someone that talented was playing.

  • Michael

    How about Candy and the Scientologists