from Prairie’s Violin Recital.
Sid suggested that I make a highlight clip from Prairie’s half hour recital for those rare people who don’t have the time or inclination to listen to a 30 minute recital.
So, we highlighted Devil’s Dream, not because it is her best song. It is not. Not because she plays it flawlessly. She doesn’t. But because it is fun, makes us happy and because we can see our shy girl is breaking out and shining her quirky, fun personality in her own quiet way, even when she is scared. Play on, brave girl.
My girl, my heart — Prairie has battled anxiety, which included but was not limited to, performance.
She determined to celebrate completion of her Suzuki Violin book 2 with a private recital. She had definite ideas how she wanted this to unfold and planned every detail. She chose the location — the historic Chapel of Rest in Happy Valley, North Carolina. She chose her songs, designed and created multi-page programs, including biographies for herself and her brother. She gave explicit instructions to her accompanist, brother Lincoln, and he good-naturedly bent to her every wish. Finally, Prairie even made cookies for the reception afterward.
The acoustics in the Chapel of Rest are awesome though the microphone on my phone recording is less than perfect. However, Prairie’s personality shines over all that.