Because I was blessed to attend a concert tonight and savor the sweet sounds one of the world's greatest violinists, Joshua Bell.
I'm hard pressed to choose adjectives that adequately describe the performance, but I'll do my best. Marvelous, magnificent, masterful. Superb, sensational, sublime.
Several months ago, when I learned that Mr. Bell would be in concert at my daughter's university, I was elated. I hopped online to order my ticket. Thankfully, there were still a few available. I got a seat in the nosebleed section. Row G ~ for Grateful. Only one row was farther from the stage. Row H ~ for Higher Yet.
I arrived at the Performing Arts Center, sank into my plush seat, and prepared to enjoy myself. And I did!
Mr. Bell's talent is exemplary. He produced some of the sweetest sounds I've ever heard from his famous Stradivarius violin. He and pianist Jeremy Denk performed four sonatas from different composers: Bach, Saint-Saëns, Schumann, and Ravel. The variety of the pieces showcased Mr. Bell's skill beautifully.
The encore performance brought tears to my eyes. Mr. Bell chose a piece I've heard many times. I have three of his DVDs, and when I heard the first strains, I was transported to another time and place. My story world.
The reason I found the concert so inspiring is that I fell in love with the rich, warm sound of the violin three years ago when I wrote one of my historical inspirational romances, which is currently known as Violets & Violins. My two main characters are violinists, and I listen to violin pieces as I write. While looking for works I wanted to use in my story, I discovered Joshua Bell, and he quickly became my favorite violinist.
Because I was so far from the stage tonight, I was unable to watch Mr. Bell's fingerings. Instead I got the big picture. He feels the music and flows with it in graceful, swaying moves, which are a joy to behold.
Mr. Bell's passion for and love of his music remind me of the connection we writers feel to our stories and the joy creating them brings us. I'm inspired to take Violets & Violins to a new level and infuse it with more emotion and heart so it moves readers as Mr. Bell's music moved me
Mr. Bell generously offered to autograph programs and recordings after the performance and let his fans get a picture with him. He was caught offguard by the woman who volunteered to snap this shot for me, but I was able to capture his warm smile in the picture at the top of the post.
What inspires you as you craft your stories or pursue other creative endeavors?
Do you listen to music while writing? What kind?
Have you been blessed to meet a celebrity who's served as one of your sources of inspiration?