Tonight, St. Patrick’s Day, the Boston Bruins play the Tampa Bay Lightening. Two great ice hockey teams. The National Anthem always introduces the game with a variety of singers. Not tonight. Two musicians played “The Star Spangled Banner” – a violinist, backed up by a guitar player. No voices. No singing. Just the pure sound of every note on the violin. It washed away all of the fluff, the extras that often accompany this song. There was only music.
It was powerful. Music does that. A single instrument, like a violin, can often convey more feelings and understanding than a full orchestra or chorus.
The power of one.
The violin and music reminded me of Pa in the Laura Ingalls Wilder Books – Little House in the Big Woods and Little House on the Prairie. I always read these books aloud in my classroom. Pa played the fiddle. Many of Laura’s stories are about Pa and his fiddle. His singular notes conveyed to Laura much the same as the violinist I heard tonight. Simple notes that held a deeper meaning.
I’m introducing children to these sounds and classical music next week. We are beginning to paint in earnest for out art show. Music inspires art. I see this every year.