Man oh man did watching Yo-Yo Ma at Tuesday’s inauguration–rocking his cello with a look of pure joy on his face and the nimblest of fingers despite freezing temperatures–make me wish I hadn’t quit every musical instrument I had ever picked up.
Violin at the age of 6, because my parents could only afford to buy one for me and my older brother, and it was too long for me and hurt my arm. Piano at 11, because we moved and sold our upright (not that I minded one bit). Oboe at 17, after 6 years, because I was never really that good at it anyway. And guitar a few years back, after only 3 months of lessons, after I sliced off the fleshy tip of my left pinkie chopping onions for a shepherd’s pie.
At least I’ve still got Guitar Hero. I’ll never quit you, fake plastic guitar!
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