|Yes, good article, thanks for forwarding...|
if you want something to be true... it can be for you with a little help from your imagination.
You obviously lean towards thinking that North Americans are herd mentality and have lost touch with music and therefore will be more inclined to interpret the findings of the article in that light.
I, on the other hand, interpret it as a bunch of very busy people going to a place where they will do something important to them and they don't want to be to be bothered with some guy jamming on a violin no matter how good he is. How presumptuous and narcissistic it is of us musicians to think that people actually want to hear music on the way to work anyway. They've got things on their mind after all. Gearing up for the day can be great and perhaps best done in relative silence and anything other than that would be a distraction. Personally I'd rather have control over what I listen to and that's why the ipod is good. I bet a lot of those passers by had headphones on too and found the violin to be an intrusion.
I'm all for freedom but busking, for me, sucks on many levels. It can be an Intrusion, sometimes as bad as smoking cigarettes in a public place. There are good points... but not as many as bad for me. There's the rare occasion that a busker is doing something I'm remotely interested in like playing a chinese violin or using puppets. That I'll take off my headphones for... but a virtuoso classical violinist playing Schubert or a bebop guitarist playing standards? forget it. I don't care if it's Joe Pass himself, I'd rather have holes punched in my ears with toothpicks. but... of course, that's just me. So... no, if I knew it was Josh Bell or any other famous classical person I wouldn't have stopped... if it was Stevie Wonder I would have stopped. If it was Britanny Spears i would have ran the other way.
I'm a professional musician who has never busked... so of course my take is skewed towards non busking.
just keep it on topic... have any of you ambient loopers ever busked? How did you get power in the subway? I think ambient looping would be interesting busking since ambient music is all about setting a mood without being in the way of people's thoughts anyway.
On Apr 9, 2007, at 1:12 PM, Richard Sales wrote: