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What Lasts

Classical music concerts are one of my favorite places to think. It sounds weird, but classical music provides just enough stimulation to keep me from becoming distracted, but not enough stimulation to impact my thinking processes. I love being able to drift from absorbing and enjoying the music to going deep in thought without really even noticing.

My violin teacher (who's great, by the way, in case you're in SF and want to learn Violin) brought me to the San Francisco Conservatory of Music last week and told me that they had free concerts by the students all the time. Perfect. Despite really enjoying the music, I'm way too ignorant to be able to tell the difference between a good student and a professional symphony player, so these shows are really a great opportunity.

On Monday I went to Matthew Linaman's (http://www.youtube.com/user/cellolinaman) cello recital at the conservatory. Have you ever noticed that people often won't take front row seats if they haven't paid for a ticket? I've noticed this at a lot of talks and smaller concerts like this. Anyway, the point is that I got to sit in the very middle of the front, and this was a small enough hall that this seat was the best seat. Most of the front row seats remained empty.

Beyond his playing (which was fantastic, by the way), I kept thinking about his Cello, Cellos in general, and stringed instruments in general. Cellos last. They get better. The craftsmanship on a good Cello, probably even an okay cello, is remarkable. I have a violin that my sister gave me, and I find myself marveling at the curves of the wood, the perfect symmetry, and the invisible joints holding it all together. It's amazing, really.

Spotlight - Linzi Stoppard


Beautiful, fashionable and talented – The Princess of the electric violin

Linzi Stoppard talks about her incredible journey into the world of music and her unmistakably chic fashion style.

You learned how to play the violin at 4 years old & signed a modelling contract at 18. What inspired you to make these choices?

My parents were very musical, especially my mum, so she pushed me to take violin lessons at quite a young age. I learnt to play with the Suzuki method which is actually very rewarding & socially fun for children as you learn in a large group. The modelling thing happened by chance, I was scouted whilst busking, so it was just a lucky break really but music was my passion!

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