I was fortunate to attend public schools with phenomenal music programs growing up. I had several influential teachers, but my music teachers have instilled life-long skills and the value of a strong work ethic. Hours of practice and sore fingers granted me first chair in my middle and high school orchestras as I worked my way up to Concert Mistress as a high school Junior. I held this responsibility throughout my Senior year. I may not like all types of music (hard core rap or heavy metal), but I definitely appreciate it all. I've even grown quite fond of country music. Afterall, I did marry a country boy and our first dance following our nuptials was "Forever and Ever, Amen" by Randy Travis.
My grandfather played the violin and I am told he was the best in town. Sadly, I never heard him play as he developed carpel tunnel syndrome. His voice led him to sing a different tune (HA! Get it...a different tune)...After years of playing the violin and proving that I would continue my studies, I inherited my grandfather's violin which was used to complete a minor in violin performance in college. Several years after that, I inherited my grandfather's music cabinet, which was full of treasures. Age had taken most of the music, but I was able to salvage of few notes - the cover of two books and 2 sheets of his personally scribed songs he transposed for the violin. Theses gems finally have a home on my wall. Bless these memories of a man who will live in my heart, fingers, and all musical notes that flow from this soul.