When I was a kid my school brought a violinist into school to talk to the music classes. She was a lovely lady, young and slight of frame – and beautiful. We sat on the carpeted floor looking up at her as she played the most beautiful music I had ever hear from her gorgeous violin. Of course after that everyone wanted to be violinist. One of my classmates was able to convince her parents to let her take up violin (though she didn’t stick with it), but the instrument was so expensive and I was just 8 or 9 so I knew asking for something that privileged was out of the question. Still, that memory stuck with me. My mother would take us to symphony orchestras on occasion as a kid and I would marvel at the rows of people and their gorgeous instruments.
I have always LOVED string instruments…. There is something about playing any instrument and the vibration of the sound as it spreads through my limbs and into my chest that is so pure and in tune with some elemental form of life – do you know what I mean?
When I hear the song Attaboy by Yo-Yo Ma, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer & Chris Thileand, and the violin sings for the first time I get chills. Then when the cello breaks in I become covered in head-to-toe goosebumps. Their passion is something that gives me a stupefied grin across my face and brings awe-filled wonder to my eyes. It is such a treat.
THIS is joy! I want that kind of joy in my life!
The song Attaboy is part of the musicians’ amazing album, The Goat Rodeo Sessions. Bathing in its musical energy uplifts me every morning I ride the bus to work. I hope it will bring you some comparable feeling of delight.