July 30, 2006 at 11:07 PMSydney and I are both from Kansas (although I haven't lived there in 14 years) and we were both at the same Joshua Bell concert in Kansas City last September, though we didn't know each other at the time. Ten months later, we've become friends through email and AIM, and it just happens that her grandparents live just five minutes away from where I live now, in the East (San Francisco) Bay. So while she and her family are here on their way back from Germany to Kansas to pick up their dog, there's no way we WEREN'T going to meet in person.
The Internet can be an interesting way to meet people. I've had some unpleasant experiences (most notably, an ex-boyfriend) meeting people who are much different in person than online, but I've also gotten to know some very wonderful people online who proved to be just as great when I finally met them in person. As of yesterday, Sydney Menees is the latest addition to that list. Not that I ever had any doubt, but she is just as beautiful, intelligent, talented, and mature as she seems here. Colleen, Caeli, and any other V.com members who haven't had the chance to meet her yet, you won't be disappointed! (Sorry, Syd, am I embarrassing you yet?)
So yesterday, Sydney came over with her mom, grandmother, and little sister Ella. We hung out for a while chatting, then played through the Bach Double a few times. Kiera entertained Ella for a while in her room upstairs, then came back down and showed us her 1/32 size violin, and we improvised a violin trio together! Sydney also tried playing a few measures of the Bruch on Kiera's tiny instrument, and did quite a good job!
You can listen to our rendition of the Bach Double here:
Sydney and Karin playing the first movement of the Bach Double, with cameo and commentary by 3-year-old Kiera
(If you turn up the volume at the very end, you can hear her asking, "Are you done?")
But that's not all! Sydney and her family stayed for a couple of hours but we still hadn't had enough time together, so she came back today for another two hours. We called Colleen Russo on Skype so she could hear us too, but since she doesn't have a mic or webcam, the only way she could talk to us was to call my land line so we could put her on speakerphone:
Sydney played some of the Bruch using my violin, Colleen played something on viola for us, and I scratched through the beginning of the Introduction & Rondo Capriccioso.
Alas, all good things must come to an end, and I think we were all sad when Sydney had to go. But there will be more opportunities to meet in the future...January 2008 if not sooner, right? ;)
Thank you again, Laurie and Robert, for providing us violinists with such a wonderful site!
Yes, I agree, thanks Robert and Laurie.
Terez, yet another Kansan
Yeah i had to choose between talking to you guys on my mac w/ a mic.. or watching you guys on the pc that allowed webcam.. hehe... but in the end we made it work!!
It was SOOO much fun... i still think sydney should go over yet again ;) hehe.. and the girls are ADORABLE!!!
Jan '08! can't wait! if not sooner that is haha
Terez, YOU'RE a Kansan too? That is so cool! Which part? When did you move out here?
Luis, your English is fine (cierto que es mejor que mi español), and thanks for the compliments. :)
Colleen, I have now edited the photo caption to let everyone know that YOU ARE THE PHONE! Get yourself a mic, or better yet, a webcam, ok?
Sydney, was her brother-in-law around? I've still got my fingers crossed.
What wasn't accurate was that you didn't "scratch through" the Saint-Saens, it was really good!
I hope I get to see you again soon!
Laurie and Robert, thanks for giving us this site and for bringing us together with friends we've never met.
Moved out to CA in 1990, to Alameda (I worked for Hyatt at Oakland International). I'll never go back to KS. Love it too much here. Where are YOU from in KS?
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