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⌄⌄ Etymology, Transcript & Credits Below ⌄⌄
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📖 ETYMOLOGY From silent + brilliance.
“Engulfed in a Chasm 2” by Peter Sandberg | “Colored Spirals 2” by Johannes Bornlöf
It’s fun to think of your favorite artists, back when they were just starting out. Playing the sidewalk in total anonymity.
It makes you wonder, if they were right there in front of you,
would you have noticed?
Strange that something so vibrant as art is so nearly invisible.
Strange how rarely we stop to savor the details, or hear the music playing in the background that’s far better than it has any right to be.
It’s only after someone points it out, that you finally catch the tune.
It makes you wonder if there’s brilliance all around you, hiding in plain sight, just waiting around to see if you’ll notice.
Who knows how many Kafkas and Van Goghs you might be walking past? Maybe the next J.K. Rowling is living just down the street,
maybe she doesn’t even suspect it, any more than we do.
We assume that if a piece is any good, surely it’ll find an audience.
But maybe it’s mostly luck. Luck that they’re not already famous.
or luck that the right person just happened to look up. One never knows how two people find each other, if they ever meet at all.
Imagine how much courage it takes, to show up and keep playing anyway, hoping it’ll resonate with someone passing by, though it won’t happen for everybody. To keep pouring your heart into something, even if it falls on deaf ears. Reaching out in the face of indifference, trying to give people permission to care.
Indifference is easy. It takes a lot of courage to fight back against it.
So maybe we should stop and count ourselves lucky that there’s still someone out there fighting the good fight.
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MATHIAS – Piano Busker by HUMAN POSTCARDS
NYC Busker Mashup 2014 by Cathy Grier
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NY in 5 acts by Walter Shintani
PLAYGROUND DETROIT presents Ouizi Pop-Up Solo Exhibition by PLAYGROUND DETROIT
We Took the Streets by Geschikte Gasten
A Song in the Street by Nihal Anand
Street Beats – Busking on the streets of Perth by Lee de Byl
Museum Mile Festival 2016 by Viewing NYC
The Tap Dancer by //PLANET MIND//
Buskers in Glasgow by Frederik Subei
David Zinn Art by Create Michigan
buskers krakow 54 by Cecilia Bry
Mary Arte – Paint & Dance by Antoine Meyer
Magical Prague by Daniel Chen
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The Figure Skater by Mollie Mills
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NOOK First Cut by Chang Liu
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Johnny Cool – A Short Documentary by Tom Levesque
White Night Auckland Arts Festival 2015 by Penn Productions
Downtown Los Angeles ‘IAMDTLA’ by Ted Sim
The Music by Oleg J
Arcore Street Festival 2012 by Stefano Armanini
Amateur Night by Christine Ferrera
10cm – 아메리카노 by RECANDPLAYdotnet
Buskers Bern 2013 The little Drummer by Christian Gerber
Artistic Underpass Voices [A Busking Documentary] by Four Frames Films
COMEDIENNES by Mark & Amanda
The Violinist by Federica De Caria
The Shadow Factory by WERK (TEASER) by Mathew Beckett
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