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I am not musically inclined, I don’t understand musical terms, I have never played or tried to play an instrument, and I don’t sing.

I danced, I took many years of ballet and I was a high school gymnast. When I hear music I think of movement. When I listen to instrumental music I always imagine lines dancing off the instruments and the musicians.

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While working on this piece, the music radiates off of the musician as he plays as well as off the strings of the violin.

As I work I listen to a Spotify violin solos playlist. I imagine the horse hair drawn bow stroke the strings up and down, back and forth – sometimes like a painfully slow waltz and sometimes with the sharpness of a quick step.

 Spotify violin solos

Spotify violin solos

 

I examine each movement of the bow and the wire that comes off the violin. I decide whether it should end quickly or with a gentle twist or turn, or whether it should linger and fade away gently, like a murmuration of birds flying south. I securely attach each note of wire by stitching it with another piece of wire to a sturdy part of the piece. The functional piece of wire has to add to the composition. It can not look like a wire there for the sole purpose of holding another wire, it has to express the movement of the figure and energy of the music. The work is a meditation of sorts. It feels really good to work.