Take Time to Listen

As I walk the halls of Dimond High School , I have noticed more and more melodies drifting through the air. I find it stress relieving and wonderful. It’s exiting that some people at Dimond bring instruments that they carry around and play in the halls. I only hear ukuleles now, but I hope more people catch on and bring other instruments. In a story published in 2007, Washington Post writer Gene Weingarten asked, “In a banal setting at an inconvenient time, would music transcend?” Weingrten did an experiment based on this question. His constant was a world-renowned violinist, Jashua Bell. Bell played his amazing violin that has no equal in sound standing by a trashcan in a downtown metro station with his case open for a collection. He played some incredible pieces. “Chaconne” from Johann Sebastian Bach ’s Partita No. 2 in D Minor was one of the many. Bell is quoted as saying that piece was “not just one of the greatest pieces of music ever written, but one of the greatest achievements of any man in history. It’s a spiritually powerful piece, emotionally powerful, structurally perfect.” One excuse for people is that there is no time to stop. Life is just go, go, go! People were late for work, late to drop someone off, late to pick someone up. Others just had things on their mind. The point is no one felt like they could stop, breathe and listen. It amazes me that people in this world are more concerned with being late to a meeting or getting a cab than to even notice the beauty that is so accessible right in front of them. In the duration of 45 minutes there were three people that stopped to listen to Bell playing. The first was a child who was soon after gently pulled away by his mother. The second was a young man who stayed for one song and left hesitantly. The third was a woman in the lottery line nearby who stood watching, confused, because no one around her looked like they knew Bell was even there. Most students at Dimond High School would agree with me that passing time is truly a banal setting. But what gets me is that only a few people understand the importance of stopping their rushed life, even though it seems like an inconvenient time, and letting music transcend. Stop and listen to the music in the world. Life is too short to zip by. Stop and see the beauty, the magic, the wonder of this world. It changes lives, for the better.