Filed under: Needles
This watch is amazing because of three reasons:
- It’s a Submariner. Enough said.
- It’s got an Explorer dial, so there’s that 3,6, and 9 numbers, which I love.
- It was worn by Eric Clapton
Just wanted to post this cos it’s so fucking dope.
Never even heard of the band, but judging from the logo, they better be good
Finally New Balance caught up with Nike and allow us to customize the iconic 574
This is my take on it.
Filed under: Letters
Chet Atkins was at Gruhn guitars trying out some of the fine guitars and a fellow walked up and said “That sure is a fine sounding guitar.” at which point Mr. Atkins stood up and set the guitar down and said “How does it sound now?”
This story had been spreading around the web, it’s basically a summary of an Pulitzer-winning article on Joshua Bell, one of the best violinist on earth who anonymously played in a crowded subway station in Washington. The story got so famous that it became an urban legend.
You owe it to yourself to read this, and then go read the original article. Fascinating stuff.
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 thousands of 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 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 top musicians in the world. He played one of the most intricate pieces ever written,with a violin worth 3.5 million dollars. Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston and the seats average $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?
So are you the kind of person who would stop and listen to an insanely talented guy playing a $3.5 million violin made in the 1770’s on if you saw him on the subway?