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Laurie Niles

Do Re Me Fa Sol La Ti...Doe, a Deer!

July 30, 2010 at 1:11 AM

Look who came to listen to me practice my fiddle!


I'm in Cincinnati, at my parents' house, which backs up to a woodsy ravine. As I was playing my A major scale routine I was surprised by this deer, which meandered up to the window, looked straight at me and pricked its large ears in attention.

The deer seemed to be enjoying my scales -- or at least it was very intrigued by this new sound. But it ran away as soon as we started taking pictures!

From Marc Villeneuve
Posted on July 30, 2010 at 1:55 AM

Hi Laurie: live with nature in the Boreal forest in Quebec... Indeed when I play music,animals are quite intrigued by the sounds. More specifically,birds. They do react strongly to Vivaldi, Bach and Mozart. There are hundreds around singing beautifully and trills expert... Sometimes ,bears do get  close. But I can't play the Sibelius last movement anymore and they are not polar anyways...

Have a great vacation!!! Marc

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on July 30, 2010 at 2:17 AM

 Galhamaian scales...?

From Laurie Niles
Posted on July 30, 2010 at 3:10 AM

 Of course, Buri! I thought it was appropriate that the "doe" caught me playing scales.

From Rosalind Porter
Posted on July 30, 2010 at 4:33 PM

Nice photo - I'm guessing their ears are way more sensitive than a human's.   Interesting to contemplate what they must make of the sudden sound of a violin in their environment...  It isn't what they would perceive as a "threatening" noise is it, like a predator, gunshot or human voice...?    

You'll have to come over this side of the Pond to make a European "Road-Trip" with your family one year!!   With the distance you've driven - you'd get around quite a few different countries!

From Anne Horvath
Posted on July 30, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Oh, very cute!

Now I feel guilty about the stuff in the freezer...

From Tom Holzman
Posted on July 30, 2010 at 8:31 PM

I envy your abilities.  The deer listened to you while you played scales.  The sight of me about to draw a bow will cause every form of fauna within hearing distance to go as far away as possible.

From Andrew Pollow
Posted on July 30, 2010 at 8:38 PM

Very cute. Maybe he was curiouse. I have thought sometimes my cat likes when you play really soft pretty chords on electric guitar clean without distortion.

From elise stanley
Posted on July 30, 2010 at 11:20 PM

This is lovely.  You must play better than I (actually it goes without saying) because the only animal in my life likely to get that close is my cat - and she runs out of the room and hides if I just pick up the violin - thus in my case its: Doh, ray, me, fa, far away... :p 

From Bram Heemskerk
Posted on July 31, 2010 at 9:15 AM

New movie: The violin deer hunter.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on August 1, 2010 at 2:38 AM

Wow, too cute! 


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