Friday, March 06, 2009

Finding the right instrument

From Bleak House by Charles Dickens (read to me by Michael today over lunch).
"It was the old girl that brought out my musical abilities. I should been in the artillery now, but for the old girl. Six years I hammered at the fiddle. Ten and the flute. The old girl said it wouldn't do; intention good, but want of flexibility; try the bassoon. The old girl borrowed a bassoon from the bandmaster of the Rifle Regiment. I practiced in the trenches. Got on, got another, get a living by it!"

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