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Friday, April 4, 2014

Vacations & Holidays, Campanile, St. Mark's Square, Venice by Margaret Coote

The Campanile has a special place in my heart. It was here that an important moment in my decision to pursue music as a career took place.

I was 19, on an orchestra tour to Venice with the orchestra of the University of Tübingen, Germany, where I was spending the year studying German language and literature. I'd climbed this tower with 2 of the musicians from my group, and one of them, the soloist traveling with us, was telling us how he'd decided to give himself a year to just practice…he was describing getting up each morning, making himself coffee, opening his window, and starting his scales…

and my heart just soared, and yearned to have this experience too. I remember looking down at the square, and knowing that I had to find a way to get myself to that place in my life, somehow. It took many more years, but I finally did.


I used a non-copyrighted photo as a reference for this drawing.

13 comments:

  1. What a wonderful story. I am glad you were able to attain your dream.

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    1. Thanks Fran. It took a while and a few more "moments" like this one, but I'm so glad too...

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  2. How great to have had that experience and career choice. Good perspective on your drawing.

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  3. Congratulations on your determination and decision. What instrument do you play? It is good to be able to follow a career path you have chosen yourself. I like the mistiness of your sketch, as if it is representing the uncertainty of that moment before you made your decision.

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    1. Thanks Jez. Yes, everything was very uncertain at that time. I play viola, and violin, and I do some singing too. I'd had some very bad experiences in high school, so I needed to choose it on my own terms. It's been quite a road!

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  4. Touching story, Margaret! I am glad you could do your decision tooand have followed it in your life.Your sketch is so beautiful of this tower.

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    1. Thank you, Sirkka. I appreciate it!

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  5. Great story, wonderful painting.

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  6. Margaret, what a wonderful story! I love how you shared the place where you came to your decision about studying music. Nice sketch of the bell tower...hope you weren't up there when the bells started ringing.

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    1. Thanks Joan! No, no bells that I can remember :)

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  7. I love your story and painting that holds its memories. I'm so glad you realized your dream! Bravo! What instruments do you play? Do you do music professionally now?

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    1. Thank you, Lynn! Yes, I do. I'm a violist, violinist, teacher, etc etc. Being a musician often means putting a lot of different things together!

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