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May 5, 2012 - 11:59 am
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NoirVelours said

Sounds like me when I was at university *looks around* ok still am in my university appartment even with a 10 years old kid. The improvement is that the roomates are gone lol. The place feels big now!

Back when I was in college, I had the somewhat dubious distinction of being the person who had taken the absolutely longest to complete a 2 yr music degree (at least so far as the music department head could recall).  I took over 20 yrs to do it.  Not continuously, but from dropping out when things happened in life like the kids being born and having to get a job to pay those bills and etc.  And some misguided forays into areas like computer science and psychology.  LOL  I took more semester's worth of "performance ensembles" than anyone had.  Even after they quit giving me any credit for them, I still did them. 

But I would do a semester and start another and something would come up where I needed income from a job more than I needed to be a student.  So I'd drop out and then when things settled down a few years later I'd go back.  Most of my kids grew up in band rehearsal spaces.  Only one of my children so far is a musician.  But one of my other daughters is a performer, she does bellydance and firedance.  

Acoustic instruments are the best for portability.  If I'm heading to the park or even the front porch, I take an acoustic guitar or maybe the dulcimer or autoharp rather than an electric instrument. 

Goals or ambitions I think of as sort of like mileposts, something to work towards sometimes or that mark a stage of our development.  But the music itself is the journey, the traveling.  We are all musicians.  It is what we do, no matter where we are or what goal we may be thinking of.

"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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May 6, 2012 - 4:07 am
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I'd disclose to you exactly who turned me on to the violin.....but then I'd have to take you out!

Joke lang!  As my wife would say.


My influence is not a real person.  

After reading half of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's works, I felt compelled to fiddle by the greatest antagonist to the criminal element fiction has ever known, Sherlock Holmes, who, in my opinion, presents the instrument as a soothing and melancholy intercessor of peace to help dilute and still the turbid cacophany of screaming intellect that rends his soul.  


I just had to give it a try. violin

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