November 18, 2007 at 11:38 PMI just finished playing my fourth recital here at Alfred University.
I must say I am proud of myself, not because I played the notes perfectly or smiled a few times, but because I did not shake!!
I used to have this horrible shake that made me slide my bow all over the fingerboard and my open string notes sounded as if I were vibrating. What a pain!
But tonight, I wowed myself. I even felt the music. I closed my eyes and let the melody flow in my veins. I felt as if the bow was apart of my arm and the body of the violin, an extension of my heart; the sound reverberating through the f-holes, my heartbeat. For the first time, I was alive during a performance. Hallelujah!
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