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Getting in tune

Patty playing again

A couple of years ago, I was given an old cello and hoped to learn how to play. After investing about $1500.00 to repair it, I started taking lessons. I loved the sound, look, and feel of the cello, but became discouraged by my slow progress, and after months of practice, my right hand was cramping painfully as I tried to hold the bow correctly, so put it away. It has been sitting in its case upstairs for months. On Sunday, Jack and I were talking about musical instruments and how they needed to be played, how my teacher had said that the more I played, the better the cello would sound too. I imagined that every time I drew the bow across the strings, and the body of the cello vibrated, it was coming more to life. I’d been feeling guilty that it was just sitting unused. I felt it needed to be played. I don’t want to pack away precious things in my life. I want them to be used and appreciated and loved and eventually used up.

Yesterday morning, for some reason, the song by The Who, “Getting In Tune”, came into my head, I found it on You Tube and started blasting it through the house. I saw The Who live when I was a teenager, and although I remember very little about the concert, I always loved this song. As the song was playing, the phone rang. It was our friend Patty (Wonder’s owner). She had been talking with another friend of ours about, of all things, cellos, and Ashley told her that I played too.

Patty called to ask the name of my teacher, because she was considering buying a used cello that afternoon, to start playing again after a 30 year hiatus. I asked her if she would like to borrow mine and she didn’t hesitate for a second. Within 15 minutes she was walking through our front door, had the cello out of the case, and she was tuning it up.

“This is the true joy in life – being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; being a force of nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy”.  George Bernard Shaw

Below is the link to The Who’s song, “Getting In Tune”