About 15 years ago I was in a Borders Bookstore enjoying some quiet reading time, when a trio came in to set up and play music. There was a violinist who was simply superb. I stayed the entire time and bought her Breathing Freely cd before I left the store. This musician, Ruth McGinnis, turned me on to the sound of a violin. The music got into my cells and I felt it in my stomach and heart. It took me back to sad days when my life was upside down. Other songs reminded me of the good things, like getting married, having babies and laughing. Some of her music felt like a joyful conversation.
I went online to find Ruth McGinnis on youtube.com to see if she had any new music for me to hear. Instead I read her obituary. She died 6 years ago. She was 52. The words made me cry. Her music was a tonic that I’ve turned to it over the years when I needed to do something… to settle down, to remember, to rejoice.
Ruth left me a precious gift with her talent.
Click below and close your eyes and really listen.
- Speedy street violinist – An up close look at how a violin is played (thekidshouldseethis.com)
- The Hot Violinist (thehotviolinist.com)
- The Preschooler Beginner (violinstudio.wordpress.com)
- Musical Gold (www.newyorker.com)
- Black Violin delivers unique activism with hip-hop and classical blend (badgerherald.com)
- Former violin students perform for beloved instructor (mysanantonio.com)