Joshua Bell

“Why didn’t you stand for Joshua Bell?”
“He wasn’t that good.”
“You are crazy! He’s one of the best violinist in the world!”
“Meh.” I shrugged. “He’s too polished for my taste.” I meant it. I like my violinist dirty and imperfect, I like my music slightly dissonant, I like people that way, and performances that are imperfect but impassioned. “Maybe if he rolled around in the mud on stage for a bit that might be more interesting…or played Nine Inch nails in the middle of a Bartok piece…somehow just sprinkled it in there a bit….I’d stand for that.”

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