The Cellist

The Cellist, originally uploaded by bdmckeown.

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Nice story to accompany the pic:

As I was walking down the street, I saw this man playing absolutely beautiful cello music outside of the gates of the Mormon Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah. It was the end of the annual convention at the Tabernacle, and a large, bustling crowd was pouring from the large concrete gate which surrounded the tabernacle. I closed my eyes for a moment and listened to the perfection coming from his cello strings.

Laid open at the man’s feet was his old cello case, acting as a humble request for monitary compensation. I peered in the case, and to my dissapointment, I found that only a few single dollar bills had been offered. It seemed quite ironic to me that men and women of such seemingly privelaged status (elegant suits, ties, and dresses were on each person) declined to offer anything to this man. Those who were exiting hardly even turned their ears to listen.

However, about 100 feet away from the cellist, a young, elegantly clad violinist was playing equally beautiful music with his case open at his feet. This sharp young violinist truly looked as if he belonged within the gates. In essence, one could surmise that this violinist didn’t need any money. A crowd had gathered around him to close their eyes and bob their heads to the sounds of his instrument. There must have been $200 in his open case. Back at the other street corner, the cellist (pictured here) seemed to be oblivious to the cold shoulders by which he was so often greeted.

I wondered about the symbolism of this scenario – priveleged persons exiting a massive temple surrounded by an impenetrable wall…and a poor man outside the gates, dirty and unshaven, to whom no one will offer even a listening ear. See if you think (like I do) that this cello playing man shares some uncanny resemblance to the historically accepted image of another church figure. Just a thought.

He reminds me very much of Charlton Heston playing a Biblical character in one of those old epic Hollywood movies – can’t remember which one.

One Response to “The Cellist”

  1. Alma Says:

    Absolutley beautiful cello music–with gloves? As someone who has studied the cello, I find that just a wee bit difficult to believe. That’s like typing while wearing boxing gloves.

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