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Seriously? No posts here yet?

Okay, I’ll bite.

53 years old in Idaho. Started playing the violin 2.5 years ago when arthritis started to rear it’s ugly head. It was a “now or never” sort of thing.

Inspired to learn when I first heard the Ashokan Farewell as the theme for Ken Burns’ Civil War documentary. Inspired further by reading the Patrick O’Brien Master and Commander novels.

Now practice and playing are my mental refuge and I usually get in 45 min to 2 hours a day, morning and evening. This instrument is so demanding that I find I can’t think of anything else while I’m working on it… a real relief and escape.

Eclectic tastes in music/artists from Bach to Boccherini, from Mark O’Connor and Jay Ungar to Natalie McMaster and Hanneke Cassel. Bryson Andres to Peter Lee Johnson, Regina Carter to April Verch. So much to choose from that’s fun to listen to and inspiring. One of my favorite pieces is Chloe Hanslip’s performance of the theme to Schindler’s List.

Anyway. Go adult learners. There’s something lovely about picking up something new and demanding later in life.