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Everything Old is New Again

March 1, 2017

ipod.jpgI recently came across my old iPod circa 2006. I had downloaded thousands of songs onto it and listened in my car, on my bike, at the gym. But in a few short years, like with most electronic devices, it became obsolete, replaced by newer and better. So into the “electronics” tote it went, somehow surviving a number of my annual clean outs. “Maybe I’ll sell it or give it away,” I’d say, before dropping it back into the tote.

Until a few months ago when I finally said it’s time to sell it. But the best offer online was $5. Not worth shipping. For old times sake I charged it and plugged in my ear buds. Songs I used to play on rotation that perked up my mood, motivated me to organize a closet or ride 30 miles filled my head. It was like finding an old friend.

Today I listen to music online, keeping my iTunes with only a few songs as to not use up space on my laptop. But since our reunion, my trusty old iPod has been with me to the gym, my cell phone remaining in the locker. All I hear is music, no texts, emails or calls. I’m focused, letting the music do it’s thing. This old iPod is worth way more than $5.

As many know, I am an advocate of getting rid of excess, even sentimental stuff. But sometimes an old thing can bring new happiness. The key to finding that diamond in the rough is to clear out the extra stuff so we may find new meaning in the old.

violinJust like in the documentary Joe’s Violin, nominated for an Oscar. Joe, a Holocaust survivor, bought a violin in a Displaced Persons camp after the war. Playing it reminded him of his childhood. He played until his fingers got too feeble. When New York City held a drive to collect musical instruments for students Joe donated that violin. This special violin was given to someone special—a young female violinist in the Bronx—who was as moved by the violin’s story as Joe was when he heard her play it.

And that’s a story that never gets old.

You can watch the short film here


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  1. You are still the master story teller!

  2. Marilyn permalink

    Love it! That’s why we keep everything! Hope you and the family are all well! Hugs 😘

    Sent from my iPad


  3. dschwartz14 permalink

    Still use my ipod and loved Joe’s Violin!!! Thanks for sharing the film with those who read your posts.

  4. Richard J. Cohen permalink

    Makes you realize how special were Papa’s visits to schools, with you. His music was his own prodigious capacity for hope, and you were the Stradivarius that played out that music in What Papa Told Me. The audience, of course gave its genuine applause which continues even today.

    Bravo to him and brava to you.

  5. Shelly Cohen permalink

    Great blog. Glad you opted to save it. Joe’s violin was so moving. What a beautiful man and what a special young girl……….All those children had a chance to touch history by meeting Joe. Reminded me of your school talks with Papa..

  6. Michael Gnat permalink

    Dear Felice:

    Enjoyed this one a lot! And thanks so much for the link to Joe’s Violin. (A lot of Oscar-nom’d shorts often sound intriguing, and it was great to have this one delivered to my e-door.)

    When I was in my 20s and broke (as opposed to my 60s and broke 😀 ), I sold a violin I’d been given my an elderly woman whose brother has played in the Philharmonic. The label said Amati, but I knew there were fake labels out there.

    A UN official born in Amati’s hometown of Cremona offered me $2,500; he wanted to display it on his wall.

    A young violist offered me $1,300, restrung the instrument, and played it in front of me using a baroque bow. The music instantly filled every inch of the apartment — and, it felt, half of Manhattan.

    Well, I couldn’t sell to the diplomat after that. That instrument needed to be played and heard.

    Of course, I could still use the extra $1,200…

    Best, MichaelG


  7. Tom Olverson permalink

    Beautiful, thoughtful reflection, Felice!

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