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Adagio in B-minus: When I learned to play the violin at 45, my competitive streak got out of hand
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KindaScratchy
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June 19, 2015 - 9:06 pm
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From The Globe and Mail:

by Kim Mead

(michelle thompson For the globe and mail)“If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing badly.”

- G.K. Chesterton

When I first stumbled across Chesterton’s quote I read it as a parody of the adage “Anything worth doing is worth doing well,” a motto I had always embraced.

At the age of 45, my intense need to overachieve had left me in a state of burnout. I was a cranky, depressed insomniac. Yet I refused to take time off work, drop mileage from my triathlon training, or say “no” to any opportunity to prove my capabilities. If I sound like an annoying, goal-oriented, self-obsessed individual, I probably was.

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When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Great short article, Diane!  Good find. 

 

I scribbled the last line of the article down and added it to the post-it notes that litter the walls of my practice corner.

"Sometimes a thing is just worth doing." ~Kim Mead

"This young wine may have a lot of tannins now, but in 5 or 10 years it is going to be spectacular, despite the fact that right now it tastes like crude oil. You know this is how it is supposed to taste at this stage of development." ~ Itzhak Perlman

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KindaScratchy
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June 20, 2015 - 6:44 am
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Oops. Noticed this morning that I forgot to link "Read more..." at the bottom. It's fixed now.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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Schaick
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June 20, 2015 - 7:28 am
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Thank you for posting that wonderful article!!

Violinist start date -  May 2013  

Fiddler start date - May 2014

FIDDLE- Gift from a dear friend. A 1930-40 german copy, of a french copy of a Stradivarius.  BOW - $50 carbon fiber. Strings - Dominants with E Pirastro Gold string.

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Absolutely beautiful story, thanks for sharing the articleheart

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KindaScratchy
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June 26, 2015 - 9:42 pm
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Glad you liked it. I found the part about her dad particularly touching.

When the work's all done and the sun's settin' low,

I pull out my fiddle and I rosin up the bow.

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