The pressure is on: my first article on my first blog. I have so many things that I want to write about, but none actually feel worthy for the FIRST article on this blog. ‘Should I write about my favourite composers? Or about my recently bought interior items at my all time favourite shop: Søstrene Grene?’ Of course, I will write about these in the future, but I have a feeling that it’s nice to start at the beginning, the very start of everything: the day I went to the music shop with my father.
My parents are both musicians and they met each other through music. My mom plays the violin and piano, my dad is a cellist and, very occasionally, plays the viola on his lap as if it’s a tiny cello. Of course, eventually I would play an instrument too, but at this time I was too busy drawing on a paper if I heard my parents play an instrument or I was dancing around in the living room. I just celebrated my fourth birthday, so my father took me to the city nearby. I had hoped we could stop by at the toy shop to buy the Ken doll I wanted so badly. Little did I know that we went to the music shop instead. There was a kind violin maker at the workshop who showed me all kinds of instruments. The choice of instrument was already made for me, of course, given that I was only four years old. I didn’t really care which violin suited me best until I discovered one violin case covered in glitter stickers. WOW! It had glitter dolphins and pink flowers all over it. Happy as could be, I took the violin case home. It also carried an actual violin inside, but I was too busy staring at my glitter stickers. ‘This is so much better than the stupid Ken doll!’, I thought. And 18 years later, I still think the violin was the best present I could ever get. Very cliche, I know, but also very true.
This was the very beginning and thanks to this, I’ve had a lot of great experiences with amazing people. One of these people is my dear friend Nino, with whom I can talk about pretty much everything, which is exactly what we’ll be doing in this blog. Without our violins, and in my case: the glittery violin case, we would’ve never started this! I hope I can inspire you or at least entertain you for five minutes with complete randomness.
So, stay tuned!
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Author: Saskia Peters
Violinist and student at Utrecht Conservatory, the Netherlands.