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Silience: The Brilliant Artistry Hidden All Around You

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Written, edited, coined and narrated by John Koenig.
⌄⌄ Etymology, Transcript & Credits Below ⌄⌄

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📖 ETYMOLOGY From silent + brilliance.

Epidemic Sound:
“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.



NYC Busker Mashup 2014 by Cathy Grier

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

Alumni Documentary Nilaja Sun Gordon 96 by Franklin & Marshall College

Kami by Dreamtigerfilms

Giving it 110% student hip-hop artists by reesenews

Artists Online by Hannah Salla

Busking with class by The Edinburgh Reporter on Vimeo

The Figure Skater by Mollie Mills

Canis Majoris – Street Art – Olhobranco ∆ by olhobrano

NOOK First Cut by Chang Liu

teresa jenee [rehersal] by traviscrosbydotcom

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

Hop-Hop Promotional Video from Simone Romanò (Ibla Buskers 2010) by Sibone Romano’

Litter Stops Here by Samuel Marx



  1. Eric P. Alvaro

    April 29, 2018 at 7:56 am

    That's absolutely beautiful!

  2. Silly Strawberry

    April 29, 2018 at 7:18 pm

    A little late on this video, but I never got it in my feed when it came out. I've never been disappointed. I re-watch all the videos every time a new one comes out, and it reminds me why I love them all again. Thank you John for your wonderful work. <3

  3. Candice VAN KESTEREN

    April 30, 2018 at 8:25 pm

    I absolutely love this and the entire page! Please upload more.

  4. Yo Air

    May 1, 2018 at 8:10 am

    Is this a different guy? It seems different

  5. Caleb Rambo

    May 2, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    Your back! 😀 More words please. You help me relate to the human condition we all share. I will support your book.

  6. Vesna Swanson

    May 5, 2018 at 6:51 am

    We are absolutely love your creations! Please have patrion, we will support you! Thank you for coming back! You are wonderful talent! 🌞

  7. Mika

    May 7, 2018 at 7:50 pm


  8. Nictator

    May 10, 2018 at 10:49 am

    Here's an interesting game for you. Look around your immediate surroundings and pick out a man-made object that you own. Try to pick something that you never notice or that you don't know how it came to be yours. Something innocuous, like a pencil, a towel, a fingernail clipper, etc. Now try to learn everything you can about this object, where it was made, who designed it, where the materials were sourced from, how it works, everything. You'll see that there's unseen and unappreciated marvels and artistry all around you that you never even notice.

  9. Cheyenne Lin

    May 10, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    yes you're back!

  10. Nameless

    May 10, 2018 at 10:30 pm

    the predicament of my youtube channel in a nutshell

  11. cool cat like looking thing

    May 11, 2018 at 12:45 pm

    damn this video hit me hard, makes me appreciate little things in life more than ever. Thanks for making these videos.

  12. Motherwhat

    May 11, 2018 at 5:42 pm

    You're fighting the good fight man, keep it up!

  13. I Retarox I

    May 16, 2018 at 9:36 am

    wait, that's Queenstown!

  14. Leonardo Lino

    May 17, 2018 at 2:39 am

    Thank God, you're back!!!

  15. InterJon1

    May 17, 2018 at 11:06 pm

    OK, no more excuses. Time to start writing my book.

  16. Daniel Kelso

    May 19, 2018 at 5:35 am

    Fantastic. I’ve missed these videos. This one really resonates with me. Whenever I’m walking down a city’s major shopping precinct and there’s an artist or musician performing something wonderful, I have to stop and marvel…. But then I’m distracted by the passers by that pay zero attention. Have so few people time in their lives to stop and recognise talent? If only for a moment? Indifference seems to a scourge upon the human condition.

  17. Miroslav Dimov

    May 20, 2018 at 12:56 pm

    Thank you for being back. We missed you!

  18. Anthony Olson

    May 29, 2018 at 1:14 am

    "indifference is easy" ….that line just jumped out at me. so simple. so true. so hard to resist. Thanks for this wonderful 3 min escape from a busy day 🙂

  19. that guy in the tree

    May 29, 2018 at 5:25 am

    This is by far one of my favourite entries, I read it on your site and loved it so it makes me so happy that there's finally a video to go along with it. love ya stuff man keep it up <3

  20. Khristopher U

    June 3, 2018 at 1:53 pm

    G R A C I A S por existir!

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