I’d like you to imagine for a moment that you are in the middle of something, say reading or cooking or dressing or simply walking from one part of your living space to another. Suddenly you hear the heavenly sound of a beautiful violin playing.
For a moment, you think to yourself, “Are the Angels calling me?” or “Is it my time to go?” And then you realize, no, it’s just the Musical Angel one floor below playing. I have this wonderful musical experience almost every day living here in my condo in Ecuador. I love it.
Meet my lovely neighbors, Adine and John. Since John is so tall many affectionately refer to him here as “Big John.” I prefer to think of him as my very own Angel Violin Maestro Who Lives Downstairs.
One of the reasons I think I love living above John and Adine is that my beloved grandfather Fred Dorward, otherwise known as “Pop,” played the violin. As a matter of fact, my grandmother was a pianist, just as I am, and they met at the University of California, where they were both music majors. Pop and Grama paid for my classical piano lessons from the time I was ten years old. I have very fond memories of them playing Christmas carols together at Christmas time and everyone shedding a tear when Pop started in on that old family favorite, “Edelweiss.” My brother Steven was also a fantastic and talented guitarist growing up and I always loved hearing his latest composition he was working on. So I’m sure John’s playing violin triggers some subliminal memory of Family.
I feel right at home
Secondly, I was also a music major at UC Berkeley and I have great memories of walking into the practice room building and hearing the cacophony of different instruments being practiced as I made my way down the stairs and into my “dungeon” room as we used to call them. I would practice classical piano for hours and hours and hours and also the string bass as I was in the UC Berkeley Symphony which had very high standards for musicianship. So when John plays a particular passage over and over to get it pitch perfect, I feel right at home. I’m a perfectionist too.
I Love Music
Last, and perhaps most importantly, I just love the sound of music. My husband Rupe is a talented guitarist, (he was in a pro band when he was young in New Zealand) blues harmonica, didgeridoo, washboard player and he practices all the time in the back room of our condo which triples as a music, workout, guest room. I go in and practice my piano and singing when I am inspired.
I am hoping that at some point in the not too distant future that I get the courage to jam with Angel John and my Husband Rupe. I’m learning to loosen up and play some blues piano and am revisiting some of my own personal compositions which would be even more delightful with a violin and guitar accompaniment.
To Be Continued….
I had hoped to insert the recording of Angel John playing, “Amazing Grace” one of my favorite of the pieces that he plays. This blog program won’t let me do that right now as I think that I don’t have enough bandwidth. When I fix that, I will insert it here and reblog this post again with John’s beautiful music added!
Prepare to be In Heaven!
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