Eventually though, i got pretty good at it. By the end of elementary school i was usually either 1st or 2nd chair at our performances. Middle school was even better because we learned lots more challenging songs, did a lot more shifting and focused more on the aesthetics. But then those terrible teen years of high school came. And by 10th grade i had thrown my hands up entirely at it and dropped my music course. I think i tried to go back in 11th grade but my teacher...hell nah, i would not have lasted a year dealing with her and her BS. Plus there were some um, rumors that she was a drug addict (wouldn't surprise me if they were true) and that that's why she ended up getting fired. I don't really remember who the new teacher was but i just remember them being gross and me saying "hayle to the naw, i got other ish to do!" lol
Now though, i really wish i hadn't quit. Despite a lot of the drama, i have so many fond orchestra memories (concerts, nyssma competitions, etc). And i miss playing, i miss classical music (crank that Vivaldi!). I honestly don't even know how i'd even fair if i were to pick up a violin today and i can't even imagine trying to remember how to read the music. Whew, it actually depresses me a little bit but what can you do.
|Miri Ben-Ari: The Hip-Hop Violinist|
Miri Ben-Ari is my freakin Shero! The first time i saw her in Twista's video for Overnight Celebrity, i thought she was a freaking weirdo lol. I was never really into the theatrics when i played. But i can't deny i love the way she plays the violin! Here's some of her other work:
Sunshine to the Rain
She Was Just a Friend
Waiting on You
Chillin in the Key of E
Symphony of Brotherhood
This song is absolutely AMAZING!!! Funny story, i was talking to a good friend of mine on YIM who plays piano. He was listening to his pianist idol George Duke at the time and I was in the middle of listening to something by Miri Ben-Ari. And we were just talking about how much we both liked our respective instruments and blah blah blah. The next thing i know, this video pops up in youtube and who is it but Miri Ben-Ari playing alongside George Duke! What a coincidence...so i told him we should get together and play this song too lol.