I love musical people

People sometimes ask me why I am not volunteering for a worthy cause, such as Meals on Wheels or shelving books at a public library or tutoring kids. My response is that I am a lazy bum, who doesn’t want to over exert herself. I am retired, after all. Being a volunteer would be like going back to work, and that is something I don’t want to do.

Besides, I like keeping to myself. I don’t belong to a church or a club, because I am not a groupie kind of person. I’m an introvert.

However, from time to time, I do invite compatible friends to my home for lunch. I tend to like people, who share my interest in classical and Broadway music.

My friend, Diane, plays the violin and the piano and directs the church choir. We have been friends since 1977, when we both played our violins in the University of Hawaii Symphony Orchestra. (Photo taken in 2019):

David and I used to socialize with Bob, who was a talented musician. He and his wife often invited us to their home for dinner, after which we listened to new CDs that Bob had purchased. When we invited Bob and his wife to our home, he and David played clarinet duets. Unfortunately, Bob died of pancreatic cancer in 2008, and I still grieve his passing. I don’t have a picture of Bob, but this is David, playing his clarinet at home. (Photo taken in 2004):

My high school classmate, Lynette, plays the violin with a quintet at a nursing home in California. Most of the patients have dementia and are happy to listen to pop and religious music, such as “Amazing Grace.” She gives them rattles to shake during the performance. Lynette and I get together for lunch when she vacations in Hawaii once a year. Here we are with other high school friends. Lynette is seated on the bottom far right. (Photo taken in 2019):

We have socialized with other musicians, almost all of them graduates of the University of Hawaii music department. Though we don’t jam with each other, we do have a good time discussing our personal lives over meals I prepare.

I just love musical people.

Perhaps, it’s because I play the violin. (Photo taken in 2019):

11 Responses to “I love musical people”

  1. David H Says:

    You lead an interesting life. You are an introvert who likes to stay home, yet you invite all your friends over for lunch. You have the best of both worlds and are enjoying a wonderful retirement!

  2. Christine Says:

    Volunteering is not for everyone you are surely not lazy

  3. DJan Says:

    I enjoy musical people, too, although I don’t play an instrument. 🙂

  4. Elephant's Child Says:

    It is your life. Yours to lead as you want.
    I am not musical, and envy those who have the gift.

  5. evi erlinda Says:

    Like David says, just enjoy your wonderful retirement.

  6. wisewebwoman Says:

    You have to do what brings you joy Gigi, and I restrict myself only to that these days.


  7. honoluluaunty91 Says:

    I am also an introvert and love to stay home. What a great life you have!

  8. Kay G. Says:

    Okay..now we have a photo of you playing the violin. How about a video so we can hear you? 😁 Am I the only one who asks you? No pressure, of course, just would simply love to hear you play.

    • gigihawaii Says:

      I’ll play for you and others when I sound better. David says I have good intonation, but should work on vibrato and bowing. Trouble is I don’t practice as often as I should. I am a lazy bum.

  9. DeniseinVA Says:

    Hi Gigi, so happy to be chatting again. The older I get the more introverted I become. Both my parents were introverts so it is not surprising. I am not as agile as I once was and find other ways to help people beside going out and volunteering. I admire our volunteers tremendously! .

  10. marmeladegypsy Says:

    I would enjoy your musical times. Rick has a group he plays classical with twice a week and they are getting ready to do a little concert. It’s such a good outlet and music is good for the brain and mental coordination, too. Me, I’m a Broadway musicals kind of girl more than the classical, though I like both. I used to sing before my voice/lungs got bad. I miss that. Thanks for coming by!

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