Let's face it. Most musicians might not be musicians at all if it weren't for their moms. From driving them to music lessons every single week, not to mention orchestra rehearsals on the weekends, attending all the recitals, and most importantly making us practice when we didn't want to!! Oh, and of course there's the issue of actually having the patience to listen to us squeak and squawk while we learned to play Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Hot Cross Buns. So each of us wanted to take a minute and think our moms for everything they've done!
Like a lot of kids, I showed an interest in music at an early age. My mom was wonderfully patient wth me, helping me hold the violin, helping me practice every day until I was old enough to practice alone.
My mom drove me to every single lesson, every festival, every orchestra rehearsal, every workshop, and on and on!
My mom even sewed my dresses for recitals! This above photo is from my very first recital! I remember thinking that my peach dress that mom made for me was SO fancy! :)
Being a mom is exhausting. Mom fell asleep with me at a Suzuki conference!
This is my first violin, and mom sewed me a special shoulder rest for it!
This photo is from my senior recital in college. There's no way I'd be who I am today without my mom. There's no way to repay her for all she did for me!! Love you, mom! 🎶💙
So I was actually not good at the viola and it was very frustrating for me, but for my mother quitting was never in our vocabulary. She pushed me so far beyond my limits that I finally caught on to the fact that playing this complicated instrument wasn't an option! She figured out how to finagle me into the Metropolitan Youth Concert Orchestra and drove me EVERY single Saturday to all 4.5 hour long rehearsals until I was legal to drive myself. After years of playing, yes years.. I fell in love with music and the viola for real. She cried with me, got frustrated and excited with me.. She never got on stage with me or got to travel to far off countries like I did, but she supported me with zeal from afar. Never letting me quit. Mom, I am only who I am because of your perseverance. I can only pray that one day I will push my daughter to become something like you have, thank you for giving me a drive that cannot be quenched. Happy Mothers Day!
My mom is amazing! My parents started out as Canadian immigrants with just one suitcase with all their possessions in the world, but they worked hard and poured their lives into my two older sisters and me.
In the early days before she had a car, my mom walked and took public transportation to take care of us. Mom took us to learn ice skating, hockey, violin, cello, piano, dance, ballet, swimming, art – in addition to private music lessons, orchestra rehearsals, concerts, recitals, competitions, Chinese school, and Sunday School…multiplied by 3, activities for each of us! My mom always volunteered to be a chaperone and supported me at all my performances, even the ones in Europe and Australia! Mom, words cannot describe how much you have sacrificed for me all these years. I love you!