Do We Still Perceive Beauty? Turn Off the Trash, Turn Up the Bach. #TCOT

“A man sat at a metro station in Washington DC and started to play the violin; it was a cold January morning. He played six Bach pieces for about 45 minutes. During that time, since it was rush hour, it was calculated that 1,100 people went through the station, most of them on their way to work.

Three minutes went by, and a middle aged man noticed there was musician playing. He slowed his pace, and stopped for a few seconds, and then hurried up to meet his schedule.

A minute later, the violinist received his first dollar tip: a woman threw the money in the till and without stopping, and continued to walk.

A few minutes later, someone leaned against the wall to listen to him, but the man looked at his watch and started to walk again. Clearly he was late for work.

The one who paid the most attention was a 3 year old boy. His mother tagged him along, hurried, but the kid stopped to look at the violinist. Finally, the mother pushed hard, and the child continued to walk, turning his head all the time. This action was repeated by several other children. All the parents, without exception, forced them to move on.

In the 45 minutes the musician played, only 6 people stopped and stayed for a while. About 20 gave him money, but continued to walk their normal pace. He collected $32. When he finished playing and silence took over, no one noticed it. No one applauded, nor was there any recognition.

No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $100.

This is a real story. Joshua Bell playing incognito in the metro station was organized by the Washington Post as part of a social experiment about perception, taste, and priorities of people.

The outlines were: in a commonplace environment at an inappropriate hour: Do we perceive beauty? Do we stop to appreciate it? Do we recognize the talent in an unexpected context?

One of the possible conclusions from this experience could be: If we do not have a moment to stop and listen to one of the best musicians in the world playing the best music ever written, how many other things are we missing?”


I got this story from the Knowledge of Tomorrow Facebook page, which my sister shared.

Sonata for single violin #1 in G minor BWV 100...

Sonata for single violin #1 in G minor BWV 1001, Johann Sebastian Bach, front page of the autograph (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

It brings up an interesting point which conservatives especially should be aware of. We need to be about more than just conserving the Constitution. We need to preserve and conserve the Western Tradition. We need to preserve Bach, and a culture that values the beauty of truly beautiful music over the destabilizing and misogynistic pablum that often purports to call itself music today.  The themes in a classical piece are deep and take time to develop, like thoughts in the mind. When I get in the car tomorrow I will take the time to find a classical station to program into my selections. Perhaps I can convince you to as well. Your children may even like it. It was they who were most often pulled to the beauty of the unity of Bell and Bach as their parents pulled them down into the hustle of the DC Metro.

Find the True, the Beautiful and the Good and Conserve it, whenever possible that it may not fade from the Earth.


Flash Mobs: Performing CHRISTmas (VIDEOS)

As conservatives we must take back the culture. One way to do that is to literally stand up and perform our values. In both of these videos religious individuals use flash mobs take to public spaces, malls, during Christmas time in order to inject the Christ, back into the commercialization of Christmas holiday.

As moving as these video are they also provide a way forward and possible strategy for political conservatives. The videos both begin with an individual taking a stand by raising their voice, which then allows other individuals to join in. Some of those people are part of the flash mob, but some are not, and others gain comfort and solace just from seeing the demonstration of faith and belief.  The videos are also designed to be shared via YouTube so that the message can reach father over time and space than the incident in that mall on that day.

We must find similar ways to perform our traditional American values in public and give people an opportunity to see that they are not alone.

Rapper Big Boi On Obama: Warns “I’m Not Pro-Govt…Our Freedoms Are Getting Taken Away” | The Gateway Pundit

H/T to Gateway Pundit for this story.

When we see members of the entrainment industry waking up, we must take note. Big Boi has a new album coming out on December 11. If you like Hip Hop check it out.

Rapper Big Boi On Obama: Warns “I’m Not Pro-Govt…Our Freedoms Are Getting Taken Away” | The Gateway Pundit.



Fans Boo/Walk Out on Madonna When Encouraged to Vote Obama

Salon reports that Madonna was booed and several concertgoers walked out during her show in New Orleans when she encouraged her crowd to vote for Obama.

Madonna in New Orleans, LA

Salon reports the boos erupted during this exchange when Madonna said:

“Who’s registered to vote?” She added: “I don’t care who you vote for as long as you vote for Obama.” Drawing boos in touting Obama over Republican Mitt Romney, Madonna followed: “Seriously, I don’t care who you vote for … Do not take this privilege for granted. Go vote.”

I believe this is a significant event, a canary in the coal mine.  Madonna’s crowds have never been conservative or Republican leaning. A similar comment in 2008 of which I am sure there were many would have drawn raucous applause from her crowds.

A ticket to a Madonna tour stop is not cheap. Those that attended the show were undoubtedly hard core fans who may have sacrificed considerable time and effort to get to the show, especially in today’s economy. That Madonna’s statement of support for Obama is booed and met with people actively walking out on the show, should not be underestimated.   Whether they realized it or not they were engaging in an impromptu political act on behalf of Mitt Romney. In doing so, I think it is their performance and not Madonna’s that is the most significant act of the evening.