I did something new with my violin yesterday. I started
playing with absolutely no music in front of me to read.
I've been asked before to bring my instrument to jam
sessions and drum circles and I never have because I was taught on sheet music.
How can I jam when I need to read the notation of whatever I'm playing (unless
it was committed to memory, but I still had to read it at one point, so it's much the same thing)? I'm not a song writer, at all, and that makes me
really limited in what I can play- limited to things that someone else has
written, on paper that is in front of me that I can read.
So, last night I just pulled out my instrument, picked a key
and started playing. I kept it moving and just let my fingers find the notes to
play. It was so fun! I feel really accomplished at being able to free play my
violin. I’m going to work more with this. Lots lots more. Maybe I'll tote the
electric to the next drum circle after all.
I am grateful for my brother. Sure, we fought as kids and mostly tolerated each other as teenagers, but he grew into such a wonderful, amazing person. I wish we lived closer, but that makes the time we do get to spend together that much more precious.
I am grateful for my sister-in-law. We met in violin class in 1992 and she met my brother some years later. They married on October 31, 2004 - because they met at a Halloween party. Since then, they've got through so many ups and downs, and some very very painful downs, together. My sister-in-law has been through so much in her life, so much before my brother and so much after. Her strength, her passion, her kindness, her creativity are inspirations. She is such a wonderful, beautiful person and I'm so glad to know her, and so glad that she is happy and makes my brother happy. He could not have fallen in love with a better person.
I walk the path that is my life. I know not where it will take me. It is a journey marked with wonders: new things, creative springs, simple pleasures that keep my days bright. Learning is my purpose, creating is on my trail, the destination is yet unknown. Come walk with me for a time. You may find something you did not know you were seeking.
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