Stop and Hear the Music

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 1,100 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, and 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.

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No one knew this, but the violinist was Joshua Bell, one of the most talented musicians in the world. He had just played one of the most intricate pieces ever written, on a violin worth $3.5 million dollars.

Two days before his playing in the subway, Joshua Bell sold out at a theater in Boston where the seats averaged $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?

Chronic Ice – Hemp Iced Tea Coming to Hawaii

Chronic Ice, the popular hemp iced tea, is coming to Hawaii. The all-natural hemp beverage will be available on all 7 main islands, thanks to a distribution deal with Hi Sea Distributors.“Chronic Ice is a natural fit with the Hawaiian lifestyle. Made with green and black teas, hemp seed powder, and pure cane sugar, it’s the perfect choice for people who want a healthier alternative to the chemicals and corn syrup found in regular sodas and energy drinks,” said Jamal Weathers, a co-founder of Greenlight Beverages, the maker of Chronic Ice.

Chronic Ice is now available in 25 stores, including Ohana Greenhouse locations on the Hawaii Island, Oahu, and Maui. The health tea will soon be offered in 60 stores, including major chains.

Hawaiian vendors are already raving about the new drink. “It’s refreshing and tastes natural, and does not leave a weird after-taste like other tea drinks,” said one. “I like the drink because it is made with hemp seeds, which are grown organically throughout the world,” noted another. “At first, I was reluctant to drink it because I thought it would taste weird, but after drinking my first can, now I want to drink it almost every day,” stated a third.

Chronic Ice is a sponsor of Eat the Street, the monthly food truck gathering in Honolulu. Chronic Ice will have a booth at the next event, coming up on Friday, February 24th from 4 to 9 pm at 805 Ala Moana Blvd in Kaka’ako.

Chronic Ice is a health tea, and the nation’s first premium hemp beverage. It is made with organic sugar cane, whole-leaf green tea, black tea and hemp seed. Each serving of the antioxidant-rich, healthy tea is free of preservatives and high-fructose corn syrup. It has been tested with oncologists and enjoyed by celebrities like Cee Lo Green, Goodie Mob, Drake, and boxing champion Floyd Mayweather.

The Lemon Classic flavor of Chronic Ice is now available in stores around California, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington State, Washington DC, and Florida. Two new flavors of Chronic Ice hemp iced tea will be introduced next month: The Grape Escape and Peach Perfection. Greenlight Beverages will simultaneously launch its first soda, Chronic Ice Ginger Ale, made with real ginger extract, cane sugar, and hemp seed powder. With the launch of the new varieties, all flavors of Chronic Ice will get a completely new packaging design that expresses the hemp beverage’s refreshing-now-and-healthy-later benefits.

For more information about Hi Sea Distributors, email hiseadistributors@gmail.com or call Dean Van at (808) 333-2369.

For more information about hemp seed, Chronic Ice health tea or Greenlight Beverages, visit chronicicetea.com or call (213) 599-8146.

On-Demand Webcasts of Daily House Floor Sessions

I got a message this morning from one of my favorite Senators that the legislature now has on-demand webcasts of the daily house floor sessions.

The house has quietly posted their archived video of floor sessions online, starting from February 8 to the present, at:

This is a great step in providing more access to what is going on at the Capitol as not everyone can be at the capitol during the hearing nor can they watch them live if they are at work.
Here are the hearings that are online so far: