Fiddle Rhythm Practice on the D-String

5 Apr

Goody goody gumdrops
Goody goody gumdrops
Cello rhythm bow strum
Goody goody gumdrops
One-two, one-two, one, two,
tired hands. Pause. Rest. Wait.

Hard to play every day,
plucking and bowing.
Cello rhythm bow strum.
Tired. Hands.

Don’t you see? It’s not for me,
not for me, not for me. Don’t you see
it’s not for me? But –

the music when you hear it
with the violins, violas, the basses and drums,
the music when you and your cello are one,
part of the melody, part of the harmony,
following the upbeat, the downbeat
baton-wand, the rest … and … rest,

when you play with the orchestra
up on the stage, your family beaming with pride,
you know (though you won’t say it
‘cause we’ll make you practice more)
there is no going back,
no going back, no going back,
none. The music is in you to stay.


It may not be cello. It may not be orchestra. But something has ignited within her this year, and for that, I am truly grateful.

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