Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Christmas is Just Around the Corner!

Thursday, December 2nd, 2010

My favorite time of year as a violinist is the time immediately before Christmas. There are a couple reasons for this.

First, it seems to me that the most interesting amateur orchestra concerts occur at Christmas. I don’t know why that is. Maybe I just prefer listening to (and playing) music with which I am already familiar. Maybe I enjoy hearing new variations on favorite songs. Maybe I just enjoy the enthusiasm students show when they play songs they’ve sung for years.

Second, the songs and carols just seem to be ingrained in my fingers. I hate to admit it, but there was a time that my instrument lay unused for almost a decade. When I picked it up again, the songs were still there in my fingers. My wife thought that I was reading music, and walked into the room to find me with my eyes closed standing next to the open violin case playing and improvising. Some of what flowed from the instrument had been parts of pieces I’d played years before. Some were improvisations produced on the spot. But they were not only recognizable, they were pretty. When I’m just too busy…when I’m sad…when I’m frustrated it is the music of Christmas that returns to me again and again.

So, I’ll play this year. I’ll listen this year. I’ll enjoy the songs for my 57th Christmas as much as I did for my tenth — when violin was still a new and wonderful mystery to me. I hope you enjoy the music of the season as well.

Well, back to the Violin Student Central website.

–Art

Remember, we don’t work the violin, or struggle the violin, or suffer the violin…the verb we use is play!

Getting Ready for Christmas

Wednesday, October 20th, 2010

My birthday is October 17. There are two things that always come to mind on this date.

The first is that I am another year older. That is obvious to me every day. The waist inevitably expands, and I vow to start doing twenty-five sit ups and twenty-five crunches every day. I’ll make the same vow next year, I’m almost sure. I look in the mirror and see a few more grey hairs, or the fact that there are fewer hairs atop the head today than there were yesterday. I vow to look into some dye, at least for the moustache. I view the expanded forehead as a sign that wisdom and knowledge are expanding. My 14-year old daughter, Adriana, would take issue with that.

The second thing that comes to mind is that Christmas is on its way. If I am going to play my violin during the Holiday Season I need to get to work on some Holiday music. It’s time to start researching what is available and to start making decisions as to what I will play. This year I think I’m going to look for some fun stuff to play rather than just (in the words of my daughter) “churchy, serious” stuff.