Romeo, Juliet, Love, Work and Music: A Valentine’s Day Message

By billalpert | Bill Alpert Journal

Feb 14

Last week I played Romeo and Juliet, a piece about love. It’s music I first played in a youth orchestra more than 40 years ago. To me today, the Tchaik is about more than romantic love…

It’s about love and passion for your work. Performing that overture was a huge challenge for a high school aged violinist. Last week I had the pleasure of working with a stand partner half my age, but with obvious great devotion to music and the craft of playing the violin.

It all brought me back to the start, and why I became a musician in the first place. It’s the love of the music, love of the violin and love for doing the work, just for the simple joy of it.

So to all my friends and readers who are musicians, may your Valentine’s Day be blessed with love in your personal life, as well as a renewed and great passion for the art you create every time you practice, perform or teach.

And to my friends not lucky enough to be musicians, may you find art and beauty wherever your life takes you. Happy Valentine’s Day!

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