Seven years ago, Joshua Bell — icongnito — played for tips at a Washington subway station.
The Washington Post staged the experiment to see if anyone would notice some of the world’s great music during their rush to work. Few — other than kids — did. The story– Pearls Before Breakfast — won a Pulitzer.
Today, Bell went back to the subway stop and he didn’t try to hide who he is because his message is too important: Music education belongs in our schools.
Related: Three Quick Lessons From The Violin Wunderkind Who Became A Master (NPR).
About the blogger
Bob Collins retired from Minnesota Public Radio in 2019 after 12 years of writing NewsCut and pointing out to complainants that posts weren’t news stories. A son of Massachusetts, he was a news editor 1992-1998, created the MPR News regional website in 1999, invented the popular Select A Candidate, started several blogs, and every day lamented that his Minnesota Fantasy Legislature project never caught on.