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Violinist moving across the world.............

October 8, 2012 at 2:55 AM

My title for myself at the moment is the violinist who is moving across the world. Imagine a picture inserted here of a map of the world with a violin shaped pushpin located at the southeastern corner of Wisconsin and a dotted line arcing over the ocean to the country of Bulgaria and another violin shaped pushpin right in the middle of Bulgaria. Bullseye - Gabrovo, Bulgaria.

What an exciting adventure!!! Yes it is truly an exciting adventure as long as I don't get bogged down with the reality of having to sell everything and the packing. So if any other musicians out there have experienced this or will be experiencing this in the future this is a great place to share our thoughts.

Tonight I finished ripping my large classical music cd collection. Now I would have never ever done this if I wasn't moving. The move forces me to slimline and become digitalized - not the worst thing:)

I am creating digital files of every piece of music, music articles, photographs, special prorgrams for concerts - pretty much every piece of paper that is not going in the recycle bin is taking a trip to the scanner.

I am so not a techie but now I know about portable hard drives - pretty amazing little guys.

Moving across the world as a musician - what books do I take? My Bach sonatas and partitas with original markings? My original Kreutzer etude book? I only have two suitcases and the rest get shipped in cardboard boxes. Thinking I may have to leave the originals behind....

After 17 years of teaching there is a serious accumulation of items in one's studio. I will be donating it all to Rachel Elizabeth Barton's foundation knowing it will be appreciated by music lovers in need.

Three violins and only one can go with me on this trip and will have to retreive the others at some point. Four bows and only two can come with me - travelling with a very light bam case with only room for two bows. Will have my laptop and shih-tzu zissou with me on the plane.

Amidst all of the "things to do" I have to think with a smile that once I am on that plane with my violin and laptop in the overhead and zissou-bissou under the seat - does it really matter what is done and what is not.

Let the new adventure begin:)

Happy Practicing!!!

Heather Broadbent

"Don't believe what your eyes are telling you.
All they show is Limitation.
Look with your Understanding,
find out what you already Know,
and you'll see the way to Fly."

- Richard Bach
(from 'Johnathan Livingstone Seagull')

From Kahne Raja
Posted on October 8, 2012 at 3:42 AM
wow - awesome post! thanks.

You might find this useful... - the global map of musicians.

From Heather Broadbent
Posted on October 8, 2012 at 4:47 AM
thanks for sharing the great site. I'm there:)
From Jamin Pekham
Posted on October 9, 2012 at 1:41 PM
Exciting stuff! Don't forget to make a second backup copy of your stuff you just digitized. Hard drives get lost out there in the wild.
From Paul Deck
Posted on October 10, 2012 at 11:53 AM
You didn't say why you're moving to Bulgaria or how long you intend to stay. That would have added some context. Anyway you mentioned the wonders of external hard drives, but they can fail. Once you have what you want stored, duplicate it and keep the second one somewhere safe (bank box, for example).

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