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KarenJ

If Santa came to your house, what would you ask him for this year, Musically?  (An original "Strad" doesn't count)
KarenJ
25 Responses
Posted: December 6, 2011
Last Comment: December 8, 2011
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Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 8, 2011
I'm with you, Anne.  I would like more time in my stocking.


Posted: December 8, 2011

All I want for Christmas is for Santa to take back the arthritis in my hands so when I practice Vibrato my knuckles donít make more noise than the violin.



Posted: December 8, 2011
Jojo. I always enjoyed commuting through traffic, but even I would draw the line at going into London! You are taking your life in your hands there!
I've always had much smaller bikes (I'm short!). My honda CBR400RR is still sitting in the garage unused, other than going to its MOT each year. My twin recently started to ride a bike, so I imagine it will be heading her way once she'd passes her test.

Ray
Posted: December 7, 2011


When Santa comes through my window (as I do not have a fireplace) he will bring time: to practice, practice, practice, and to make two violins-one three months before the gathering of the clan and another after I get back; knowledge: so that I will be able to play Air on G String by Bach on my new violin while in Austin; and lastly appreciation: for the time and knowledge that Beth and others have freely given in our common pursuit of learning everything violin.

Cheers to one and all,

From a newbie luthier and violinist



Posted: December 7, 2011
This is the motorbike I 'used to have' (my 'actual one' outside dealer on day I bought it)



and this is the one I have now (had to 'downsize' due to lack of money/debt problems, other one was too expensive to keep :'( I miss it so much booh hoo)




Posted: December 7, 2011
I want to be in Austin too Anne xxx and this is not a 'Christmas wish' but my all-time wish!!! thank you for thinking of me xxx

but I have to say that my situation is not improving :'(  I am 'pretty certain' I will not be able to come :'(

Andrea, I ride a motorbike to work SIX DAYS A WEEK! hahahahaha :)

but empty roads are nice even on a motorbike, believe me, to 'whizz' in and out of traffic in London is NOT fun and can be quite exhausting as you have to be ON FULL ALERT EVERY SECOND of that ride as it's SO BUSY if you take your concentrations levels down just 1% you can be flat as a pancake on that tarmac!!!  My commute is 45 minutes to work and 45 minutes back, 1 and a half hours a day on 'full concentration', it is not a fun relaxing ride AH! I wish!

Believe it or not some of the most risky people on the road are the other motorbikes or worse: the scooter riders!! LOL

Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: December 7, 2011
Huh, Jo? Of course I'd like to meet Patricia and everyone else, but my wish was specifically for you to be able to come. One may wish for the improbable, too, right?


Posted: December 7, 2011

Jojo, empty roads is my everyday wish when I'm driving.

By the way, Did you see Anne post on December 6? She will like to meet you in person at Austin. I can't go, but many people are very enthusiastic with the idea.

Patricia



Posted: December 7, 2011
JoJo. I imagine he's probably a very nice lad after all, he has to worry about the 'naughty and nice' list all year rather than just december! haha.
I'm a stay at home mum now but when I worked I rode a motorbike, so I was one of those annoying people who whizzes by everyone in the queues ;o)


Posted: December 7, 2011
Andrea, my son is 16 and so far he still does not celebrate Christmas LOL, he still is not 'bothered' about celebrating anything, he actually quite likes not having to 'fuss' about things. The only thing we like about it is the EMPTY ROADS on the day so I get to work MUCH FASTER and I get to lie in 20 minutes longer as there is NO TRAFFIC on the way hahahahaha ;) sorry (blush)


Posted: December 7, 2011
Bizarrely, just to make life even busier, I think I'd like a mandolin. Apparently the tuning is the same as a violin, so might make an interesting crossover from banjo and guitar.

JoJo. I shouldn't really celebrate christmas as I am a very strong atheist but I am afraid I enjoy christmas too much. My eldest daughter was born on the 29th december so the whole week is special to us. (Out of interest, how old is your son now, do you think he will keep the same principles as you once he is grown up? )


Posted: December 7, 2011
I'd like a sound proof studio room to practice in. So I wouldn't have to play with a mute at night time :)

In reality I think santa is going to bring me a music stand (been using piano's built in sheet holder so far) and a couple of violin stands. Maybe my kids would play more if violins would be easier and quicker to access instead of getting them out of their cases every time.

Eileen
Posted: December 6, 2011
I'd love at least a year under Beth's personal tutelage myself...right now I'd be greatly blessed just to make it down there for the 2012 event in July !



Anne aMaudPowellFan
Posted: December 6, 2011
Well, Jo, I have a wish for you: To be able to come to Austin next year.We'll really miss you if you don't.

For myself, I should like to ask this heavenly donator for more time in the day, so I can practice one or two extra hours.


Posted: December 6, 2011
I screwed up on the violin price. Too much even for Santa Claus and I haven't been THAT good, So just bring me another year of good health, continued ability to get by comfortably, and a beautiful vibrato. Yeah, that's enough this year.




Posted: December 6, 2011
To answer the gift question I am not sure as I have all I want right now :) 

is that so boring?


Posted: December 6, 2011
no need to apologise Karen, it's perfectly 'alright', I am absolutely aware that Christmas is one of 'the' most popular celebrated events and that 'Mr Santa' is one of the 'most' popular gentleman in the Universe ;) LOL

I don't get 'offended' or feel left out in any way :) on the contrary I often feel I make people feel a little 'out of place' by being so 'extreme' or 'unique' sometimes, which I am in my 'westernised' society as I do not actually celebrate 'anything at all' LOL or you could turn the table round and say that I 'celebrate everything' all the time. To me each day is as special as the next.  If I buy a present for someone I buy as an 'impulse', not because it was a 'planned' day ie: a birthday, I buy it because I was thinking of them, because I saw something which would be useful for them, because I know they 'need it', because I know they need 'cheering up', etc.

My son grew up this way and he's full of presents LOL ;) not necessarily 'flashy' expensive ones as money is 'tight' but just to point out that even though he does not have 'birthdays' and 'christmas' he still does not 'miss out' ;) 

It's been difficult sometimes as some people can take it in a 'funny way' when for example at work or at school everyone will give you Christmas cards and you don't give anything back, but as people get to know you they understand :) also they learn not to give me cards at the end, they know I appreciate it more if they keep the money or donate it LOL

 

KarenJ
Posted: December 6, 2011

I always forget not everyone celebrates the same things we do and I apologise.  Maybe you could just imagine if your best friend wanted to give you anything or do anything in the world, what would it be?

Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 6, 2011
Absolutely, Jo


Posted: December 6, 2011
aaaawww thank you Beth, do I count in even though I don't celebrate Christmas and don't believe in Santa? ;) LOL

I wish you all a happy life each day of the year x

KarenJ
Posted: December 6, 2011

LOL @ Beth! and some studio lighting??


Posted: December 6, 2011

Hmmm a case for my bow... I already lost some bowhair on the poor bow holder in the violacase

And a mic for recording would be nice

And a meeting with Sol Gabetta (her playing the cello was one of the reasons for me to choose a string instrument)

The ability to do vibrato ;))


 



Posted: December 6, 2011
Got Beth online - I just got to watch videos, practice, practice, practice, and more practice.

NOTE TO SELF:

HD video cameras and a good microphone will be "dirt cheap" AFTER the Christmas holidays (those are the real sales).

Beth Blackerby
Posted: December 6, 2011
I would like to be Santa, and deliver to all your homes an HD video camera with external mic inputs, and a nice mic for good recording/posting video capabilities.

KarenJ
Posted: December 6, 2011

lol. I would ask for Beth to tutor me at my house.

I would ask for better hand position and a sweet vibrato.