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Playing for "real" people (my parents)
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Ginnysg
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When I was I kid I took a violin class in school for… most of the school year.  We never got to playing songs, mostly just scales.  My Dad always said he was waiting for the day he could sit on the veranda, and I’d play him a tune.  Well, as I’ve mentioned before, I was kicked out of violin class for daring to say I wanted to play Rock n’ roll on the violin (to her if it wasn’t Bach it wasn’t music!)

Well I’ve only been playing a few months now (MANY decades later from that class), so I haven’t played for anyone but my hubby.  But I visited my parents this weekend (both in their 80’s now) and played every song I knew (all 4 of ‘em). 

My mom sang along with the tunes, and my dad just smiled and said, “I’ve been waiting 50 years for this!”  I was so glad I was able to do that. 

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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so what youre saying is we aint "real" people  facepalm

 

just joking !!   great story and glad to hear you fulfilled your fathers dream !!

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Awh Ginny that is just as sweet as can be.

 

When I played  my first tune for my mom  ..she laughed.  She could not help it.  She has since tried to make  up for it.  But she is one I am nervous to play with.  She will say.. Oh you are getting much better....wow....

:)   My older kids and nieces and nephews love it and think I am beautiful.  I never play for my spouse because I am not sure he likes violin music.  (poor guy does have to hear it... quite a bit)

Sweetest story Ginny..makes me really smile.

 

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Good for you! It's so touching!

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I think it is wonderful that you finally got to play for your father. It must have been one of those special moments in his life.

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50 years.... and that day came! So sweet! What a happy family! I'm so glad for You! You've impressed your parents thumbs-up

In my case it usually happens this way:

- Maaaam! I wanna play a tune for ya! Ha-ha-ha (evil laugh)!

- NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!! /runs away from the room/

LOL!

The only one complement i've ever heard from her was : "Well that was not too horrible!" LMAO! Ahhhh sweet moments of nostalgia...

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Wonderful! I am so happy for you!

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That's a really touching story, Ginny. Thanks for sharing it. It brought a tear to my eye and reminded me of something that happened a while back.

I occasionally play my violin for my parents -- my Dad is 88 and my mom is 79. When I was a kid I used to play my guitar for them all the time, but not in many years.

Last Christmas time, I played some Christmas tunes for them on my fiddle and my dad remarked that it was the only Christmas music he had heard that holiday season. They've had some health issues this past year, so they don't get out much. I was very glad to bring a little Christmas music into their home and will continue to play for them whenever I can.

There are two morals to this story, I think: 1. Parents are proud of their kids, no matter their/our ages, and 2. Music can brighten anyone's day.

-- Diane

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@KindaScratchy  That is so sweet!  I'm glad you brightened their holiday.  And Yep I think our parents will be proud of us no matter what! 

I've already had them give me requests for Christmas songs -- the one big holiday our WHOLE family gets' together.

“Music expresses that which cannot be put into words and that which cannot remain silent” 

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Awe, that's awesome!!  This past Christmas, I played violin at my parents house to and they loved it!  My dad joked, "That's the first full song I've ever heard you play!" LOL  He was used to me practicing difficult sections on trumpet when I was younger.  Ya know, the stuff that you really need to work on to play correctly and never really a full song. :D  

Just wait, you're going to enjoy playing for others!  For me, I've always been nervous to play in front of anybody........at first!  Then, well, I became a bit of a ham! LOL  dancing

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” ~Benjamin Franklin

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that is so sweet.i am glad you all enjoyed the violin music together after so much waiting :) i can never play in front of a small audience,even my parents.i always want to be alone and i can only be ok in the presence of my teachers or in the annual school concert where my classmates perform too.

i know that was a long time ago,but,kicked out of a violin class for expressing your interest in music other than classical?that is extreme.i would return there with an electric violin and bash them in the head with it.but that's just my dramatic self :)

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What wonderful stories Ginny and Scratchy.  I often think of my parents and what I would play for them.  I haven't seen them in almost two years and didn't start playing until after that.  They ask me to post something on youtube but any time that recorder is on, I get gun shy.  Hopefully they can come up and visit me sometime in the next year or so.  

 

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If you get gun shy in front of the camera, just turn it on and play every day. Don't need to save any of it but if you just happen to do something and do it well, you keep it. :-)

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but the one who needs the least."

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Hm, I think that's a good idea.  I'll try that.  Thanks. 

 

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