Our dad was a great guy and we will never forget him.
I see no reason to hide who I am or what I look like.
What is classical music if not the epitome of sensuality, passion, and understated erotica that popular music, even with all of its energy and life, cannot even begin to touch?
And apparently things like a Vindaloo curry are out for the rest of my life, or at least a long time.
I am very lucky and grateful to have this living link to a past era, the violin presumably having much more history to it than the later portion that I know.
When you arrive at your destination, pay absolutely no attention to the thing people call jetlag.
A good example of how it must have been is today's world of conducting, which is still utterly dominated by men, and the prejudice the few female conductors have to battle even today is astounding.
Raising a small child as a woman while travelling 10 months out of the year would, I believe, be something I would not be able or even want to do, although with the amazing example of Leila, I am no longer so sure.
Let me be very honest and just say that if any airline would let me take the violin and the laptop on board I would fly that airline all the time.
The concept is basically; that the pieces we know and love are made up of scales, arpeggios, and the like.
Music is art, art is life, and we are who we are, and all of these aforementioned women, unless they should choose not to, will be performing well into the next many decades because they are great artists.
However, the thought hit me that this was a pretty pathetic way to kick the bucket - being accidentally poisoned during a photo shoot, of all things - and I started weeping at the idiocy of it all.
I had been playing since I was 2 years old, never remembering a life without music, always playing everything naturally and mostly by ear, and all the grownups wanted were more scales and drudgery out of me.
Mostly this problem is contained in the fact that the US makes it so difficult for Canadians to get green cards (you heard it here), but if an American orchestra really wants a player, they have their ways.
Another thing: despite my youthful appearance, I am quite capable of making decisions.
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