Category Memory

Picking up Where I Left Off

The week away did not seem to have much of an impact on my playing.  Most surprisingly, I seem to have been able to return to my newest piece, a Bourree by Handel, right where I left off.  My brain seems to have kept it in place, which was not what I expected at all, […]

When Wrong Sounds Right

To begin each lesson, Teacher asks me to play some song from some ways back, relatively speaking, in my repertoire.  I have them all memorized, of course (it’s the Suzuki Way), and I do play them all through at least once every time I practice.  When I’m practicing, I start with Twinkle Twinkle and work […]

Junior High School

I woke up with a flash of memory.  Since beginning this blog, I have been unable to remember whether I made it out of elementary school with my violin – I know I played in the fourth through sixth grades, but I’ve been unable to recall if I kept playing in junior high.  The thing […]

Dancing to Remember

When I was younger I used to go out dancing a lot, but it’s been a long time.  In the past five years I’ve probably been twice.  I do still enjoy dancing; it’s just that it generally happens out in the world when I’d rather be sleeping.  Last night I went to a friend’s 60th […]


My mother told me about an old friend the other day. He’s an orchestra teacher at a suburban school in Kansas, and during his hour-long orchestra classes he spends the first fifteen minutes tuning instruments.  I can only imagine how tedious and what an assault on the ears that must be.  As I’ve just been […]

Fat Cats and Fourth Finger

Yesterday’s lesson was jam-packed.  As I’ve mentioned, I’m getting a new song every week – Suzuki songs are sequenced to be skill-building, and this week’s is not only the longest to date, but it also brings in fourth (my pinkie) finger.  I still find it quite strange how little I remember from my three years […]

We Are the World

I woke up in the middle of the night and then again this morning with the megahit 1980s benefit song “We Are the World” running through my head.  Remember?  I’m not too sure I remember very much.  I was a child of the 80s, but a young one.  So this post is a memory test […]