July 2007

A New Violin

July 9, 2007 06:17

I watched a DVD of Yehudi Menuhin today, his first concert series I think (it was in black and white). The man is a machine! He doesn't even flinch! Not one bead of sweat on the brow, no sign of getting tired, of any muscular aches and pains. I think he'll be the first of my violin superheroes. Isaac Stern, on the other hand, is my mentor (at least on DVD), my Yoda, my spiritual guide and inspiration. I have, however, only met these two great masters, and on the tube at that. I have a long way to go...

I bought a new violin today. I don't think I deserve one though, not yet, but a friend sold it to me at half price because she wasn't using it. This is a much better violin than my beginner one, but it saddens me to think that I won't be playing on my beginner violin anymore, or as often. This violin and I have come from way back. I bought it when I was broke and jobless (it was probably overpriced, too), and it's been with me through many of life's ups and downs. I have taken it up and set it down, and taken it up again, and it has never failed me.

Now here comes this new and more expensive violin. Maybe it sounds a little better but it's practically a stranger. Will I let this stranger rest on my shoulder and forsake my long-time friend? Gee, am I going nuts or do other people feel this way with a new violin?

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I Have a Dream

July 2, 2007 06:03

The full moon is witness, tonight I declare that I have a dream: to one day play the Four Seasons. This bright yellow ball rising in the sky, cradled in wisps of dark cloud and eerie light, doesn't seem to be laughing. Maybe it's possible?

I don't have to dwell on the impossibilities, since they're so obvious. But the possibility of it, the remote possibility that it may happen? They don't call a dream a dream if you can reach it under normal circumstances, right?

I wonder what it takes to get from here to there, from bottom to top, from sounding so-so to sounding fantastic. Yes, of course: practice, practice, practice. But there must be more than that. Is a violinist made or born?

I think the best violinists are born with a spirit that dreams and believes that the brilliance they have within and that they see in the world outside can flow from their fingers to the hearts of everyone who hears.

For now I can only dream of touching people so intensely, as I have been by the music of Vivaldi.

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