Day 16 - A picture of someone who inspires you.
I'm inspired by people all the time, but there is one person recently that has motivated me the most to pick up the violin and continue to reach my full potential as a violinist. I've already posted something on him earlier this week, but that person is Andrew Bird. Now, I've seen a lot of violinists perform, but he seems to show the most soul in his music. He radiates passion from his music. You can tell that he LOVES what he does.
I have been obsessed with the idea of picking up the violin again. I can't thank my mom enough for putting me through lessons when I was 5 until I was 18. I just regret not putting forth more effort. I should of practiced more and I shouldn't have ever stopped playing. I just thought it was something my mom MADE me do, but now I realize how fortunate I am to have had a talent like that. I've been doing some soul searching for the past couple of years and I've been trying to find one thing that I could be really good at and really enjoy and it's been there this whole time. I have the sources to be a really good violinist.
I dusted off my violin from my closet the other day. I seriously haven't even opened the case in at least 3 years. When I saw it laying there I almost burst into tears when I saw that most of the horse hair on my bow was broken and the bridge on my violin was crooked. I tore off the loose horse hairs and fixed the bridge. I rosined by bow and pulled the bow across the A string. It was SOOOOOO out of tuned. After a few minutes of tuning it, I busted out with a warm up song I would always play before practice. I didn't forget how to play!! Of course, Kimber heard and ran into my room with a look of amazement. She didn't even know I had a violin, let alone know that I knew how to play. She said, "Mommy, I want a violin. I want to try it." So, I held the violin and let her run the bow across the strings. Her face lit up. That was it for me. I need to do this not only for myself, but to get my daughter interested in music too.
So, my plan is this: Any extra time I have, will go to playing, listening, and reading music that way I'm up to speed when I start lessons again. MAYBE I will update my progress with a video soon.