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Laurie Niles

October 4, 2003 at 5:56 AM

Recently I realized that our Violinist.com discussions tend to go all day and all night.

“Geez, violinists are talkative!” I said to Robert as I scrolled through dozens of new posts. Then it dawned on me: people are posting from all over the world.

Not that long ago, this site consisted of little more than me, a few friends and a couple curious violinists who stumbled onto the domain.

As of today, Violinist.com has 1,463 registered members, from 67 countries. In the United States, there are registered users from all states except New Hampshire, North Dakota and Vermont.

Just to give you an idea of how far-flung we are, here are the home towns of our 10 most recent members: Mansfield, Pennsylvania; Manila, Philippines; Peterborough, Canada; Wilton Manors, Florida; London, United Kingdom; Seoul, Korea; Lillehammer, Norway; Jerusalem, Israel; Enugu Nigeria, Nigeria; and Melbourne, Australia.

Is it possible to imagine how different our daily lives are? For some of us it is now fall, for others it’s spring. For some it is day right now, for others, night. Some walk through snow, others through sand on a tropical beach. Some are surrounded with wealth, others with poverty and war.

Yet as violinists we share so much: the classical repertoire, our heroes of the violin, the rich yet trouble-fraught endeavor of learning to play the instrument, a desire to continue learning, a desire to teach, a great love for music.

How did we all come to love this small but gracefully-shaped wooden box called a violin? When we draw the bow across the strings, something amazing happens. The sound pours forth, but some of it stays and vibrates deep within us as well. This is what we give, and this is what we share.

At any hour of the day or night, all over the world.

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