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It is October....Fall of my 23rd year

It is already the end of the year...time to reflect and refocus!

But of course...what do I do? Procrastinate! And how do I procrastinate best? I suddenly get a spurt of interest in practicing my violin which I hadn't touched for months haha. 

I do miss the classical music world...people who are in it or have been in it know its a whole other ball park. I'm not trying to sound pretentious...because honestly I was never "in it", I just know of it because my brother (an actual musician) was. He was the one that went to all the conservatories and competitions, taking those pictures with world renowned musicians where they are both smiling into the flash with their instruments strapped to their shoulders. Anyways, rather than re-living my love-hate 15-year affair with the violin I wanted to talk about my recent discovery. I had the opportunity to go home and take out my other full-size violin which I kept in storage, and play it. I also wanted to research the make, because I have totally forgotten it's value, and found that it was a copy of a Guarneri. Information on the violin maker however is limited on the internet, so my search was unsuccessful. But I figured what does the cost matter, if I still enjoy playing with it. 

This is the violin in question....

You can tell by the right edge that I did not take good care of it :( I was very clumsy and always hit it into my music stand or into the wall...don't look at the scroll.

You can tell by the right edge that I did not take good care of it :( I was very clumsy and always hit it into my music stand or into the wall...don't look at the scroll.

Gueaneri del Gesu- copy

Gueaneri del Gesu- copy

Anyways, the violin I practice on is a lot nicer than this one...it is an antique I think made in the 1920s...also American, but don't judge it. It has a skinnier neck, which I like since my pinky is a midget. I remember when I bought it, it came in this really old case that smelled like an attic. I think they did find it in an attic, as it belonged to some woman's violinist grandfather in Cincinnati or something...I forgot his name. It is a wonderful instrument. 

I sometimes regret that I didn't take my musical education more seriously, and I wish I could have told my younger self to change her attitude about the violin, or introduce her to Heifetz at a much younger age...however, life is not meant to be lived in regrets. 

In a couple of weeks I will be going to NY again. I think I'm dragging my friend to stop by Julliard to check out the Violin Concerto Finals :) I believe its on the Stravinsky Concerto, should be good.

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