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Violins are strange

October 23, 2009 at 1:07 AM

Gosh ...

I never realised how strange the violin is. It really IS a strange instrument to practice, it takes soo much factors in order to play well... its shaped funny and it has the strangest sound.

The people who often play the violin are very strange themselves, having to adopt even life dogmas to this demanding strange mistress/mister/master etc. Its almost like being a slave to the violin!

I just have some random urge to share it ... why is it so strange?? Does anyone else think the violin is strange?

It is just a hollow piece of wood! The person puts their soul into this strange thing and it works magic ... Music are the unspoken words of all ... Gosh, how many people out there really appreciate the magic of violin repertiore? I am craving something in the music now ... I hope I find it anyhow.


~ Random ramblings :)

From Stephen Brivati
Posted on October 23, 2009 at 3:27 AM


not really true you know.  Who are the strange people?  Let me see...

They have no hopes,  dreams or aspirations.  They get up at the same time eevryday,  eat the same things and go to the same place where they slip into long hours of mind numbing,  soul destroing work,  often creating products directly responsible  for the destruction of the planet we live on.  They never create anything,  never strive for beauty,  never listen to or look at anything that isn`t pre packaged or dumbed down so that mental processing is not required.   They have been gifted with an extraordinary machine to inhabit as they live out their alloted time span but they never maintain it although they may lavish care on soemthing essentially worthless.

Yep. Lot@s of strange people around but it isn`t us...



From Dimitri Adamou
Posted on October 23, 2009 at 4:08 PM

I don't find those people strange, in fact I appreciate them. They are the people who help maintain a harmony and do the jobs that the others will not do. We all have a path in life and serve a purpose for each other.

They cater for the vessel, we cater for the soul. The special can do both.

With out discordance, one cannot appreciate harmony.

I still find the violin strange however :) I still cannot believe it was man made.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on October 24, 2009 at 2:14 PM

It's strange and the price to try to play it ok is very high!!!  Even at my amateur level, I often have people who tell me how lucky I am bla bla and change faces when I told I just sleep 2 to 4 hours in order to practice ennough to do this.  In general, when I begin to talk about night practices, all the activities that I don't attend to practice more, the extra burden it adds to one's life when one has already school or job's obligations etc people start to consider it a little less romantic thing!   People who do not play love to believe it's just romantism so I avoid to talk about the reality to not break their pink visions.   I just do it when some who do not play tell me it's easy or that it's just because I have a good violin!  Sometimes, it's time or not to tell the truth!  

Weird also because wood is unpredictable and can make you good or bad surprises when you don't expect them!   Yes I believe they are man made since they act like us... complex and unpredictable!!!   Despite all the clever arithmics that scientists have found for the resonance, the shape, the srtrings etc, many makers agree that there is no way to know how will be a violin.  Even those who are made or partly made with machines (thus would suppose to be more precise than a human beeing's hand).  

"They cater for the vessel, we cater for the soul. The special can do both."   Yes but many must cater for the vessel when they would like to cater for the soul!   This is weird too and we should say that all our society is strange too to force people (in a way)  to do so!  Too much places in jobs people don't want to do and not ennough in jobs people want to do...   Thus they find all kind of ways to have us where they want!  

Interesting blog!


From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on October 24, 2009 at 6:03 PM

oups, sorry for this long rambling... Side effect from my homework load this week!!!


From Dimitri Adamou
Posted on October 27, 2009 at 2:46 AM

I agree, I can never look at another violinist the same way :) Though instead of practicing late, I prefer to practice early :) I am blessed in that I the freedom of timing . (I still work 5 hours a day ... beautiful :D)

Life itself is funny, if I could go back 100 years I would probably not imagine it would turn out this way. Of course there are alot of people doing what they dont want to do ... but unfortunantely, its just the way things are. Hopefully things will improve in the future (Come on robots!! :P)


And no need to apologise :) I like discussion :p

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on October 28, 2009 at 1:36 AM

I agree : )   Yes, come on robots...


From Terez Mertes
Posted on October 28, 2009 at 5:02 PM

 Buri, I love your comments, and Dimitri, yours too. : )

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