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Take one of the best violinists in the world, put a 300-year old Stradivarius in his hands, and… drop him in a Washington DC metro station to busk for an hour during the morning commute.

Sure, it’s a stunt, but it’s also a pretty interesting personality test, both for the commuters and for the violinist.

I could see this working better in Europe, for multiple reasons (less pressure to be to work on time, bigger train stations, more appreciation for classical music, etc) — or in the evening rush hour, when one is hurried but not risking one’s job. It’s also, in my experience, better for both acoustics and a captive audience, to play at the bottom of an escalator, not the top.

But I still didn’t expect these results. This quote particularly got me:

The poet Billy Collins once laughingly observed that all babies are born with a knowledge of poetry, because the lub-dub of the mother’s heart is in iambic meter. Then, Collins said, life slowly starts to choke the poetry out of us. It may be true with music, too.

The interviews with the passers-by are fascinating, especially the shoeshine woman, and Picarello and Olu, the only ones who get it.