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Playing music outside

Posted by Mandogryl on Saturday, September 26, 2009

With autumn upon us and the temps cooling down some, it has become more comfortable to play outside. I have a nice bench on the edge of my vegetable garden that I like to play fiddle on, with my Golden Retriever Mandy (short for Amanda Lynn) at my feet. During summer the insects are too pesky to be outside, and the dragonflies are as big as Piper Cubs up here in Maine. But the weather is so beautiful now, that playing outside is a joy. Playing music outside is so different than in the house, for me anyway.

I recently had time to kill, about an hour, and I knew this ahead of time, so I had my fiddle along knowing that on this particular day it would be my only fiddle practice. After getting a coffee-to-go, I went to a nice park in the town I was killing time before an appointment in. I found a nice huge maple, and sat down under its limbs and took the fiddle and bow and other items out of the case, and started playing Wizards Walk to the sounds of the city traffic zooming by behind me.
Before long two youngsters came running over. They introduced themselves and asked what I was doing, and what was it that I had. I explained about the violin and the bow, and such. They volunteered to dance while I played. This was fun for them for about three tunes, before they became more interested and curious about the instrument itself. So…..I let each have a turn at holding the fiddle, and I helped them to bow open strings. They had never been exposed to musical instruments on a first-hand basis, they said, and from the delight they derived from the experience I could easily believe them. Soon, though, I had to pack up my old fiddle and get on down the road. But I will never forget the enjoyable hour I spent with these 5 and 9 year olds. I doubt they will either.
In mid-October I am going to Cape Cod, to the very end, and I will play on the sandy coast if the weather cooperates. I am looking forward to this very much.

10 comments on “Playing music outside”

M-D Says:
Saturday, September 26, 2009 @6:16:46 PM

Every year, when we have to go in-doors, in early November, I dread it. It'll be six months in-side, before we're able to get back out again. Thus far, we've been forced in-side only once since April, and that due to rain. I much prefer to be out of doors.

Always nice to have experiences like yours, with the kids. One never knows how that little twist of fate might figure into their lives future.

mudbug Says:
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @4:52:38 AM

Cool storey re: the kids. Have fun in P-Town!

Swing Says:
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @4:57:28 AM

Here in southern Maine (west) I play outside until it gets down to 55 degrees. I have a great screen porch that allows me to set outside and enjoy playing for my neighbors. Playing for kids is the best.

Play Happy

Mandogryl Says:
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @5:16:32 AM

Thanks guys, it was great fun, with the kids. And the playing to the sound of busy traffic rushing was thought provoking for some odd reason.
Yes, playing outside is the best! Haven't done it much since my busking days in Manhattan, but that's a whole 'nother story.

Ozarkian DL Says:
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @6:05:02 AM

Memorable memories given are food from the angels. You've earned ur wings.

bj Says:
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @9:11:14 AM

When Jane and I busk in Lambertville, the kids and dogs are the best part of the experience!

A fiddler playing will stop most kids in their tracks like few other things on earth. Their faces beam as if they're being lit from within.

lrhamp Says:
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @2:41:43 PM

At p-town the wind is almost always blowing at a good clip. Hope you catch some good weather.

frogeyes Says:
Sunday, September 27, 2009 @6:44:06 PM

man i love playing outside but at the moment it is far to wet to even think about playing outside so Jealous!!
kids are great you have done a wonderful thing introducing them to playing music. Who knows you may have even inspired one or more of those children to want to play fiddle. They are probably nagging mum as we speak!! Its a wonderful thing the gift of music

Rhythmakr Says:
Sunday, October 11, 2009 @7:04:49 AM

You've inspired me! Today I'm going to sit on my picnic table under the falling leaves and let my fiddle soak up the autumn!

Mandogryl Says:
Sunday, October 11, 2009 @7:33:07 AM

I'm glad. Wish I could be there with ya!

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