I tried to write my top 10 list this week and although Bruna’s topic is wonderful (“10 songs that tell the story of your life or the soundtrack of your life”) – my list was crap so I didn’t actually write a top 10. Anyway, most of my childhood would’ve been that creepy soundtrack to Blue Velvet, a Scottish bagpipe marching band, way too much Strauss, Theme from The Godfather, and Ride of the Valkries on full blast… so you are probably relieved I didn’t go there.
I’m going to rebel today and sidestep the top 10 because I can’t focus on anything else besides my 10-year-old daughter, Fiona, a gift.
She’s my heart walking around on two legs, holding a sweet-sounding violin.
She’s been practicing for months and months to prepare for today’s concerto competition. She played Haydn’s Violin Concerto in G Major. It was her first time playing in the Intermediate Division (10 to 13 year olds).
She got second place!
I am one proud mama.
First place went to an amazing 12-year-old boy who played cello. Oddly, there was no third place awarded – this is a very talented, musical group of kids and one or two definitely deserved third place. (What were you thinking, judges??!)
So in place of my usual top 10 list this week, I’m posting a video of Fiona’s beautiful playing. If you watch it (because it’s 6 minutes long and who has 6 minutes to watch a video?)…
- please ignore my husband’s rather alarming video fumble at the very start – he was shitting himself with nerves and pressed zoom instead of just not pressing anything.
- notice how Fi feeds off the audience – it’s something to behold. Playing in front of people focuses her – you can tell that she greatly enjoys giving an audience the gift of music.
- you’ve got to see the cadenza at the very end (it’s the part where she plays all on her own without the pianist to “show what she can do” – it’s at 5 minutes 15 secs. if you want to fast-forward…because seriously, what mom has 6 minutes to spare?) It. Slayed. Me.
So – to my friends Stasha and Bruna, who I know will forgive me for not doing what I’m told – instead of posting the top 10 list I’m posting the video of Fiona playing today.
Which, as it turns out, is actually the soundtrack of my life. (-:
Gratuitous Reader Poll
After her performance today Fi pounced on the opportunity and begged me to let her get her ears pierced. I had originally told her she can get them pierced when she’s 12, but she is dying to get them pierced, lots of her little friends have pierced ears, and she seems ready. What do you think – yay or nay?
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