So I was watching someone play the violin yesterday.
I've always been fascinated and awed by the elegance with which violinists play their instruments. Actually all musicians play their instruments with quiet and controlled elegancce. It's just that bowed string instruments always had my fascination because they are entirely foreign to me, although I play a few musical instruments myself (not so well, but that's not the point).
In any case, I was watching a very elegant gentleman play a hymn or two on his violin. And, oh, I don't know what happened -- it may be the fact that his playing was his way of praying, as opposed to performing, because he was playing in a church and he was playing to God -- but suddenly I had this idea that I was going to take violin lessons. I wanted to play the instrument myself.
I know, I know: I did wonder where this brilliant idea came from. Most violinists (like pianists) start taking lessons when they are very, very young, as in when they are five or six. I also wondered where in Lyon I was going to find a violin teacher who speaks English. But it wasn't really a decision; it just came to me as if it was the most natural thing to come up with. So that was that.
Then this morning, I was going through my to-do list and sending off some e-mail messages when -- I couldn't believe it but it totally made sense at the same time -- I saw on my e-mail address list the name of someone who plays the violin professionally in Lyon. No, she doesn't speak English, I don't think. She speaks Japanese. I knew she gave piano lessons; she and I had in fact talked about my taking lessons from her. But would she teach me how to play the violin?
God bless her; she didn't laugh at my question. She knows that I don't intend to apply for a position at Opéra National de Lyon, and told me about someone of "certain age" who started taking violion lessons with his grandchild. Then she offered to accompany me to a place where I can find a violin to rent.
So that's where things are now. And I am writing about this here, now, so I don't back out.
I am actually all excited about this new opportunity -- it feels right for me to be starting something new that I know I will appreciate.
I hope to have something to report here in a few months. Stay tuned.