I was picking up my bow from my luthier friend's shop, when he told me what seemed like very startling news.
"Yo-Yo has passed away," he said sadly.
"WHAT?" I said, in full-alarm mode. How could such a thing be? How I have possibly missed such major news?
"He was 12 years old," said my friend, "such a great dog to us."
"Oh!" I said, trying not to sound too relieved. I mean, I do understand how sad it is to lose a pet. But thank goodness for the continued existence of a certain cellist we all know and love!
This brings me around to our question of the week, which was inspired by the alpaca breeder who e-mailed me this week, wanting to name this year's newborn alpacas after violinists: Have you ever named a pet after a famous musician? What kind of pet, and after whom? My answer is "no," but I haven't really had too many pets in my life!
P.S. Here is the latest from Tom Balka, owner of Lavender Fields Alpacas:
"We have used sculptors, opera singers, dancers, actors, painters, authors, poets, fiber artists and chefs. To give you a few examples, we've named some of our alpacas for Kiri Te Kanawa, Cezanne, Matisse, Renior, Degas, Julia (Child), Cat Cora, Emeril (Lagasse), (Anthony) Quinn, (Burt) Lancaster, Alexandre (Dumas), Shakespeare, (Shel) Silverstein, Ogden (Nash), Courteney (Cox), Penelope (Cruz), Pearl (Buck), Baryshnikov, Joffrey and Ginger (Rogers). It's fun and every year we get to look into the backgrounds of some wonderful artists."
Here is a picture of "Emily Bronte" and her cria (baby alpaca), the one Tom is asking us to help name:
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