Sunday, December 6, 2009

My Yoda

Last Thursday I had the opportunity to play some duets on the violin with my favorite violin teacher ever. He was my favorite because he made me the musician I am now. I started taking lessons from Jack Ashton when I was 15 years old. He was the type of teacher who was very hard to please, very demanding and would chew you out for not practicing enough... and you would love him for it.

I haven't taken a lesson from him in over 12 years, and yet, I could feel his influence returning as we rehearsed together on Wednesday night. I played better than I have in a long time just because he was playing with me. He is still so inspiring, so funny and so dear to me. He is my Yoda.


  1. was so great to see you. Thanks again for taking pics for my group! You look beautiful in this pic.

  2. what did you get to play with Jack for? So fun! I bet that was an awesome experience!!! Love you! See you in a couple of weeks! Yea!!!

  3. Thanks, Heather. It was so great to see you too. And thanks again for the play tickets. It was absolutely amazing!

    Jess - Sydney Makoff flew me down to SLC to play at Richard's funeral. I felt so honored that she did that. Since Brooke is still in Israel, I had to find someone else to play with. I took a shot in the dark and asked Jack. By some miracle, it worked out. And it was AWESOME!