Joshua Bell, one of the most amazing violin virtuosos in the world, humbles himself in a Washington DC subway system, playng for quarters. A man who a few days earlier had packed out Boston’s Sympony Hall at $100 a pop. Now people were passing by unable to recognize him or the music he was playing.
As the article says, lotto tickets are hot items in the metro area. People spending their money on a chance to win a million or two, while a chance in a lifetime plays right before them. Hundreds of people walk by without even hearing a note. It is quite astounding.
One person recognized him and knew the worth of what she was hearing. One.
This is an excellent article. If you don’t have time to read the whole thing, just scroll to the bottom and watch the 2:30 minute clip.Freakonomics