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Micah David

Sometimes the violin world can seriously look like this--I cried for atleast 10 minutes watching this

August 12, 2010 at 10:05 AM

For some reason, I had relatable feelings while watching this, and it brought tears to my eyes! Oh and, I thought that Tchaikovsky piano concerto was perfect for the mood lol--- very cynical!

From Laurie Niles
Posted on August 12, 2010 at 1:48 PM

Very interesting! I think this is one of those videos where you have to overlook the fake fiddle playing (seems like they could have found someone who knows how to hold a fiddle?) and rather unrealistic details (like winning a competition playing the Pachelbel Canon) to find the emotional message, the idea of wanting to break loose and follow the path you want to follow, moving on when you are broken, etc.

From Robert Spear
Posted on August 12, 2010 at 2:27 PM

Lovely video with a fine message.

From Theodor Taimla
Posted on August 12, 2010 at 6:09 PM

This is a nice video that I found before I even started playing the violin -- was a lot better back then.
I don't see why not to win a competition with Pachelbel's canon if the violinist is able to substitute the whole orchestra!! :D

From Michael Pijoan
Posted on August 12, 2010 at 7:46 PM

 It's a beautiful video but I always wondered what it would be like for a deaf person to play the violin.  Since I'm not deaf I wouldn't presume to say whether or not it can work but can they hear it through their jaw bones?  Do they have an alternative way to hear it just by feeling the vibrations?  If they can't hear it at all is there any way that it would even be in tune?  I don't mean to be rude I'm just saying that being able to hear clearly is so central to how I've learned the violin that I can't imagine how it could work otherwise.  I taught a blind person to play the violin as a project for my pedagogy class and since he couldn't see anything he demonstrated how important hearing is.  He ended up becoming a pretty great student because he didn't have much else to do other than practice and his sense of pitch, timbre and dynamics was amazing. 

From Janis Cortese
Posted on August 12, 2010 at 9:05 PM

I have to express skepticism as well -- I've known a good number of capital-D deaf people (mostly born-deaf), and they are absolutely eaten up with the visual world.  ASL poetry, signed dance, sign stories ... they're the best storytellers ever.  Their whole artistic life comes in through their eyes and is shared through their whole bodies.  They're curious about music since hearies are so obsessed with it, but it's just not a major driver for them although some who have more residual hearing left can partake of it a bit.  (Deaf people LOVE a good bass line, and will crank it up until it rattles their sternums.)

Late-deafened is a whole `nother kettle of fish, but most people born deaf or deafened young have whole other vistas of artistry available to them and are much more eager to collaborate with other deafies on them rather than try to grasp a hearie art.

From Dion Ackermann
Posted on August 13, 2010 at 7:11 AM

 Sorry but the message of this video passes me by, everything seems faked. If they had people who can play the violin and could find a deaf woman who can play the violin to act in this video it would have real meaning. Why would a deaf person walk in the middle of the road, they would be extra cautious to walk on the side walk. The anger towards the deaf person is overdone and so is the reaction to it. The bumping into her, what does that mean, she is deaf not blind? And off course someone has to die to make the pathos more acceptable. Then the final absurdity, playing on a cellotaped violin with no finger movement.

A triumph of the will should look a lot different to me.

From Margaret Lee
Posted on August 14, 2010 at 5:47 AM

Still, the fact that Pantene would be promoting music and values deeper than beautiful hair deserves some credit.

From Anne-Marie Proulx
Posted on August 14, 2010 at 10:59 PM

Very very faked but cute video and nice message ; )

From Theodor Taimla
Posted on August 18, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Dion, you are over-exaggerating. About her not being deaf -- how do you know that? Yes, it's more probable that they found someone who isn't deaf but there's absolutely no indication on her having a perfectly fine hearing. Someone had to die - Why would you assume that he died? I thought myself that he got beaten up pretty badly and that's all. Why would a bandaged up dead man lie on the bed?

I guess some skeptical people might notice all the little details but you seem to have a very unique way of interpreting things. That there is no finger movement is easy to deduce but I did not even notice her hands because they did a good job only filming the bow movement. Maybe if you give it a very skeptic look, you may notice her fingers not moving but... yeah. < Can't say that for for sure because I never needed to look at the video to criticize it.

From Dion Ackermann
Posted on August 19, 2010 at 9:32 AM

 Theodor i am happy that you drew inspiration from the video, maybe it is a video that should not be viewed too sceptical.

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