left his borrowed, $4 million Strad in a taxi? Or how about the one in the United Kingdom, who left his £180,000 Goffriller violin and Sartory bow on a train? Not to mention the Toronto Symphony violinist who accidentally left his modern fiddle at a streetcar stop.Can you believe the guy in Newark who
I mean, don't these people care about their instruments? What's wrong with them? Can you believe it?
Actually, yes, I can believe it. Easily. What's wrong with them? It's the same thing that's wrong with all of us: we're human.
People leave valuable violins and cellos in public places, it happens. It's just that more often, one discovers the problem -- and is able to find the fiddle -- before having to enlist the police or local newspaper to help.
When you carry a violin or other instrument with you constantly, it becomes part of your everyday baggage, like a purse or briefcase. Have you ever left your purse, backpack or briefcase somewhere? Probably not often, but quite likely, it has happened during your life.
For me, I have several times nearly forgotten my fiddle at a restaurant, so I'm always putting myself and whomever is with me on guard. You can see how it happens: I stash the violin somewhere under the table or beside it, then I proceed to get involved with my meal, to talk with my companions, to forget myself, and well, to forget my fiddle! The few times it has happened, I've remembered it when I got to the door, or just outside it, but I felt the pang of sheer terror nonetheless.
Have you ever forgotten your fiddle somewhere? And if so, where? Share your story!
If you answered "yes" to the above question, let's talk about where you left it:
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