Violinist Joshua Bell Plays Incognito at a D.C. Metro Station

It has been pondered; what if a famous painting (let’s choose the Mona Lisa) were to be taken out of its frame and hung on a wall (let’s pretend in a café) … would anyone really notice its beauty?

That wonderment was put to the test late last year when the Violist Joshua Bell stood near a trash can in the Metro Station in Washington D.C. and played to the morning subway riders.

For those of you who might be unfamiliar, Joshua Bell was a child prodigy by the age of 14. To give even a short list of his accomplishments would fill pages and pages. Last year he was named by Musical America as the 2010 Instrumentalist of the Year – a truly prestigious honor.

As you see in this video there is a lesson to be learned. As we go through our very busy days, we should try seeing the world with a child’s eyes. Maybe, we should not only stop and Smell The Roses but also, we should stop and see the roses too.

Many times we miss what is right in front of us. Try seeing with new eyes today. You just might be surprised by something truly spectacular!

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12 Responses to “Violinist Joshua Bell Plays Incognito at a D.C. Metro Station”

  1. Michael Cerkas says:

    The obvious and largely unanswered question that immediately populates everyone’s mind after having watched the video…

    If Jesus Christ walked among us, how would we recognize his presence…. or more importantly, would we?

  2. Genevia J. says:

    As I am sitting at my desk watching this video I literally had goose bumps. What an awesome gift! I would like to think that I would have been one to stop and listen. I am prayerful that today I will stop to smell the roses and see them as well. I may even just go buy one to give away.
    Thanks for a truly inspiring and thought provoking video.

  3. Anthonia says:

    I have learnt a good lesson by watching this video. Thanks for passing it round.

  4. jimmie Luna says:

    Stop and smell the rose’s. After almost a year of battling cancer I realized, ” DID STOP AND SMELL THE ROSE’S? No I did not. Now I see, smell, listen to the loving sound of mother nature natural beauty, a gift from God. His music is out standing and I loved it. Thanks my beloved friend. LOVE YA ALL MUCHIES JIM Luna

  5. Rhina Portillo says:

    Dear Greg,

    This time mio bambbino caro will come soon nothing will stop me now…

  6. Frances says:

    I loved every minute of this lesson, i would also like to think i would stop and listen for more than a minute, Mystro God!!! Thank you this is the best.

  7. augustine gayle says:

    Fantastic gift from the Master. enjoyed tremendously.

  8. Greg Fernando says:

    Brings tears to my eyes, when you reflect on the number of times WE IGNORE our less fortunate & needy brothers /sisters etc; I know for sure that mostly are in need of is a : MOMENT OF LOVE and KINDNESS. GOD BLESS YOU!

  9. maria roma says:

    truly a wake up call video that many times we missed opportunities God has given to us.. opportunities to share his gospel to others and opportunities to hear his gospel and be saved. let us not miss the opportunity JESUS offered to us! God bless you!

  10. Duane G says:

    Thanks Josh for your God given gift to so many. Absolute beauty ,More like a breath of fresh air perfumed by Gods spring blossoms blossoms that momentarily removes the stench of sin. Keep blessing us and reminding us through your gift that life is like a vapor and we would do very well to slow down enough to enough to taste Our Lords Awesome Beauty It comes in so many ways. Thanks again and May God continue to bless you as you bless us. TO GOD BE THE GLORY

  11. Ellie Mc says:

    I too think I would have stopped to listen; maybe not. I love the beauty of our land as well as something as beautiful as someone whose talents praise God for their gift. We all ned to slow down a little and take in His beauty.

  12. a patel says:

    how many times have we missed opportunities because of the demands of today’s world? its never too late, I am listening

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