Monday, April 09, 2007

Taking Time to Listen to the Music

We're on vacation and off the blog this week, but couldn't resist sharing this recent post from the Washington Post - Pearls Before Breakfast. WaPo put Joshua Bell (one of the top violinists in the world) into a DC subway station, candid camera-style...waited to see how many people might stop and take time to listen to the music. You can see for yourself with WaPo's videos.

Not everyone can recognize the difference between good and "world class". Bell is fortunate because his gift and expertise are well-recognized (at least in some circles!). How many young people don't develop their exceptional qualities because they learned how good or unusual they were?

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  1. Anonymous8:40 AM

    There is a great response to the Joshua Bell article by a NYC subway musician in her blog:
    She interprets the situation differently from the Washington Post reporters... I thought you might find it interesting.

  2. Hi Drs. Eide,

    Brief request:

    Could you possibly make some book recommendations on Asperger's Syndrome ? In general and also oriented toward early childhood/primary age children.


  3. Thanks. Saw lady makes a good point... being a expert violinist and being able to excite a crowd in a subway station are different talents.

  4. Hi mark, re: the book recommendation, it might depend a little on what particular issues you're interested in. Tony Attwood's books are good. For sensory behaviors, Raising a Sensory Smart Child or Carol Kranowitz's books are helpful. Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnosis... may also be helpful at sorting out gifted kid stuff.

  5. Great! I'll took a look at those suggestions. Thank you very much!