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My Inspirations – Part 1

One very inspiring moment

One very inspiring moment

KS Fan Q&A: Where do you get your inspiration from? – Part 1 

Actions inspire emotions inspire thought inspire music. Everything I hear, see and do on a daily basis has the potential to inspire me.  The wind may blow, the dog can play dead, a clean kitchen, a strange piece of art, a soft kiss, wearing an awesome dress and looking HOT in it, driving across the GWB on Christmas Eve – all these things can inspire the best music out of me any day.

 Getting more in depth: Seeing pure perseverance and commitment are a daily inspiration to me.  Did anybody see So You Think You Can Dance?  The commitment of the 2nd place winner, Brandon, made me practice my violin harder for a whole two weeks (I’ve got to work on sustaining those moments, I know).  Hearing Tai Murray at Carnegie Hall and watching the actual realization of her commitment to her talent, brought tears of joy and desire in my heart – and then made me want and fear the same achievement of greatness for myself.  Why fear you ask?  I don’t know.  That’s the only reason I can say I don’t practice as much as I ought.  These paradoxes are what have always defined and complicated my Experience.

 Speaking of complications, and in encouraging the inspired individuals reading this blog, we all must recognize that for every AHA-inspired moment, there is an UH-OH (for a pro, a con) and those cons include life headaches, pessimistic attitudes, and limited thinking. (My pastor would call these the dream stealers.)  We must have a huge philosophy on guarding out ear-gates and our eye-gates from uninspiring things, people and attitudes. This philosophy helps me in the least to maintain a mindset that breeds joy and artistry…Trust me, I’m crazy enough as it is, and in trying to keep all of who God needs me to be in check so that all He is planning to use me for can come to pass, I’ve got to make sure that I stay inspired, and not un-hinged. 

All in all, I am thankful at least to call myself inspired and to work at maintaining a level of inspiration to spawn action.  Come back on Thursday when I’ll share how playing the violin and God’s purpose in me, are my larger life’s inspirations.

Thanks for reading & please share your comments! ~Kersten

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The Cereal Box

A KS Fan Asked: What are some of your earliest memories? What age did you start playing the violin? In my earliest memory of the violin I remember a doorway, a cereal box, two rulers and intense intrigue. I was three years old.  I remember the box being white with colored writing, though I cannot remember the type of cereal.  The rulers were transparent, brightly colored plastic – one pink and the other purple or blue, I think; the pink one was taped exactly center along the top half of the cereal box.  I held the second ruler tightly in my right hand.  I remember standing very still with the make-shift violin balanced on my left shoulder; I straddled a doorway with one foot on the wood floor of our living room, and the other on the cold tiles of our kitchen floor. The sun was shining brightly through the living room window to my left.

This memory is special to me because even to this day I remember the intensity of my intrigue and fascination towards the apparatus balanced on my shoulder.  It is incredible to me that even as a child, I could feel such an attraction towards the violin.

As to why I stood straddling two rooms, I’ll never know.  The best I can  figure is that my stance was an analogy to what my life in music would be – never exactly in one genre or another, but at all times a living hybrid. 

As to the sun … It has become an important symbol of God’s continual presence and anointing over my life. I’ll share much more about this in my upcoming entries.  

The sun shines on me, as I stand on our front stoop.

Me at 3

 For now, thanks for asking and reading!  Please share your comments. With love – KS

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