Do you stop to listen or do you walk on by street performers/musicians? Occasionally, I stop. After this post by Tangobaby, this article on Joshua Bell in the Metro, and this series of articles on a homeless prodigy yesterday, I will be keeping dollars in my purse and stopping more regularly.
On my way to school yesterday, I happened upon this musician in Harvard Square. I caught his eye and he smiled. I was tight on time, but I sat on the curb with him for a couple of minutes, just listening and soaking in his passion. I could have stayed all day. Instead, I pulled five quarters from my purse and dropped them in his case. A small price to pay for the entertainment, relaxation, and calm I felt thanks to those two minutes with him. "Thank you." he said with a grin. "No, thank you." I replied with a smile.
As I hurried along on my way, my inner alarm told me to take out my camera and turn around. There he is nuzzled up to his guitar. They fit together. They make beautiful music together.
I stepped into class only one minute tardy and my day was so much better for it.