School started yesterday and my youngest child, switched from French Horn to flute.
I spend so much of my time making other people's kids into musicians--
Some of my colleagues say that it is to my credit that none of my offspring play stringed instruments. Meaning that I didn't force them to follow my footsteps. I am the only violinist except for Uncle Emmanuel in the 1800's in the foot hills of the Carpathian mountains.
I started all 3 of them on strings and then let them choose their own path.
My son now 17, who played violin and piano the longest (4 years)-- and was actually quite good is now an accomplished percussionist!!! He studied ballet and tap for 7 years too. I home-schooled him through sophmore year in High School and he played drums in the school program through 8th grade. Refused band when I integrated him into the public system at Junior year (last year)in High School- but doing the "techno" thing with his band. Mixing and splicing sounds through his hand made computer for his electronic drum set. He is doing some surprisingly good mixes of Alan Lomax's folk collecting work and the Head-Banger band Static X.
Just when I am about to loose my mind he gets into for example, Stravinsky. Then it's Igor day and night. We had a great jam session him on piano and me violin a few weeks ago. We quoted Igor and many other surprising things-- like Herb Alpert, Viotti and the theme to "Black Adder." No he's not playing baroque music, but it is wildly creative and what fun to improvise with your son for an evening and recognize that his sophistication and confidence might just be due in part to me letting him find his own path....
I write about the other 2 in subsequent blogs.
btw-- I have a number of pedigreed and tame pet rats that I always refer to---I frequently have one sleeping on my right shoulder as I'm playing as do my children. They are very clean and beautiful. Daisy sits on the crook of my daughter's sax as she plays. EEK
Listening to Dietrich Fischer Dieskau doing Die Winterreise(one of my favorite things on earth)--his voice quality and phrasing makes my knees weak...I learn so much about tone from him...
Where do I start.
I really need my bows rehaired.
The new year has started-- recital preparations are under way. Have received the general "knock it off" memo from the studio czar asking us to not use the computer. All is normal.
I have such a diverse studio. Many different ages. Thank goodness they all came to their lessons this week. April is closer than they think.
The Ratz seem to like Corelli.
I'll try to write more coherently later.
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