I'm an adult starter violist. I was inspired by a 10yr old girl to pick up an instrument, at the age of 38. I jumped into it head-first, and went totally obsessive about it - taking multiple lessons every week, and practicing all night, well into sunrise.
Fast forward 3 years, I had just played 6 orchestral concerts this past year, and I'm even working on a solo concerto!? I would love to get more into Irish fiddling and country fiddling, though!
As you may have noticed on my repertoire, I was heavily influenced and motivated by YouTube violinists like Lindsey Stirling, Lacy Rostyak, and Taylor Davis.
It was the 25th anniversary of The Phantom of the Opera, and despite having grown up in NYC, I never got to see the show. To my surprise, I was able to secure a ticket online. Only problem was that I must have caught something because I was sneezing and coughing up the wazoo. Picked up some cough drops, and off I headed to the Majestic Theater.
I was happy that I was able to control my sneezing... up until the manager's office scene.
Let me tell you about my sneeze. Let's just say that I have quite the lung capacity. And when I sneeze, I sneeze in chain - usually 4-7 repetition.
And that's exactly what I did... Filling the space with extremely loud sneezes!?
Following the awkward silence,
The actor playing the role of Firmin improv'd!!!!
(turned out to the audience) "Bless you, my sir!"
(turns back to Andre) "My dear Andre, what are we to do?"
The audience cracked into laughter and applause!
.... I died a little that day. O.o