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Friday, November 4, 2011

Sepia Saturday #99-Theme-Musical, music

Sepia Saturday
and
Gratitude challenge day #5


Alan has a photo of a band up this week and there are several items in this photo that could be used as the theme but I choose music.

Now this photo is not 100 years old but it is 56 years old.

St. Catharine Academy
Orchestra
1954-55

Yours truly is the 4th from the left in the 1st violin section.

I studied the violin the four years I was in this school.

I continued to take piano lessons after high school and had not played the violin for years.
In 1990 A Suzuki program came to our town and I joined and took up the violin again.
I was one of only two adults in the program.
Some of the students were are young as 6 years old.
There tiny little violins were so cute.
I found it a little intimidating play with those little tots.

Wow some of them where amazing.

They were required to have a parent or adult take the lessons with them so as to help them practice at home.
I did not have a partner, I taped the lessons and that helped me.
The only thing I remembered about playing the violin,
after a 30 year hiatus, was how to hold the violin, the bow and how to stand.
Of course I could read music but keeping that perfect stance and position to play was hard as could be. 
I thoroughly enjoyed playing the violin again and did so with one of our grands accompanying me on the piano.
We would play at Christmas and holiday times.

About 3 years ago I left my violin in my car in the heat and it melted the glue holding my violin together, so I am violinless again.
Probably won't buy another now.
My shoulders could not stand the strain these days.

I am grateful for my experience with music and surely enjoy the very best of all kinds of music daily.


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16 comments:

mary said...

I took piano lessons because I was "required" to by my mother. I resented it so much. I finally stopped practicing which made her realize paying for them was not worthwhile. Oh, how I wish I had kept going now. I would love to sit down at a piano and play something.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

What a great story. Music is a wonderful hobby for kids of all ages.

Darryl and Ruth :)

Bob Scotney said...

I don't think we have a musician of any standard in our family although I have endured a daughter on the clarinet and a grandson on the trumpet. Fom reading your experience Peggy I must have missed out somewhere.

Jinksy said...

I'd have loved the chance to learn to play a violin. Lucky you!

Little Nell said...

The perfect picture Peggy (how alliterative!). It’s lovely to have a picture of yourself playing an instrument. Like Mary, my piano lessons came to nought and I do regret it.

Sheila @ A Postcard a Day said...

My mother played the violin and loved music. Somehow all the music genes passed me by.

Martin said...

Really sorry to hear that your violin came apart in the heat. You may not play any longer, but you'll always have the music in you.

Vee said...

What an interesting story about your violin days both former and latter. It shows you have a lot of gumption to take it up again after all those years. I'm sorry for the loss of your violin to music, but I hope that you bring it out at Christmas time and decorate it to the nines as a testament to its former glory.

barbara and nancy said...

I loved this story. I can just picture you playing your violin towering over those little 6 year old wonders.
Nancy Javier

Alan Burnett said...

I have to admire anyone who can get a tune from any musical instrument (I can't even bang a biscuit tin in tune) but I particularly admire violinists : the instrument is such an odd thing, how on earth anyone thought it up amazes me.

Postcardy said...

That reminds me of my band/orchestra school days, but I just played the drum. I hadn't played for nearly 50 years and then last year took one lesson at a nearby drum shop.

Rudee said...

Thats a shame about your violin's demise.

Maggid said...

You have always been beautiful . .
and, yes, music is such a great gift to humankind, at least i think so.
Sorry about your violin - i know how those things can happen. Still - you are, and have always been, Beautiful - your life positively sings - and your bog posts - continue to be a song of joy.
love & love,
-g-

Anvilcloud said...

That's something that I didn't know about you. As an older wannabee fiddler, I am impressed. Actually, I have almost given up even being a wannabee, but still ...

Caminante said...

I always think that the violin is the most expressive of instruments

Mike Brubaker said...

A terrific story and photo. Your account is like the ones I often imagine coming from the anonymous young musicians in an antique photo. I always encourage adults who have "given up" a musical instrument to try it again. It's always easier and more fun.