The tale of my father's violin
Fang, what a beautiful story, beautifully told - not just family history but world history. Bravo.
the world today has lost is bearings and its most basic rules of engagement. could only the world listen to the values imparted by the history of this violin and learn from it.
This is a beautiful story of how inanimate objects can embody us. There is a famous violin story of Jascha Heifetz who greeted admirers after a recital. One of them said, “Mr. Heifetz, your instrument has such a beautiful sound”. He held his violin up to his ear and said, “Really? I don’t hear anything”. It is all in how we bring these objects to life. Recently, my older son inherited the Steinway that my late father had received as a wedding present in 1946. It is the instrument that he played throughout his life, the one I learned to play on, and now the instrument of my son and my grandchildren, sitting in their home. A piano is a structure of wood, metal, and felt, all too often used to support framed pictures rather than to generate music - but people can bring it to life across generations with deep meaning and beauty for a family, as in the tale of the violin.