1308. In a cottage near the sea

The world famous violinist had retired. After years of intense concert after concert, László Jovanović had found a nice cottage near the beach (for walks) and close enough to shops (for convenience). He could play his beloved violin all day (or not) without the pressure of concert preparation.

It’s not that he couldn’t afford a great big mansion by the sea, but he didn’t need it. The little cottage was cosy and much to his liking. And, did I say? it had a rose garden.

Every morning he would get out his second most precious violin and play. (His Stradivarius was safely locked in a bank vault somewhere). It was easy to believe that in the past people would pay heaps of money to hear him play. It was as if the ever-surging sea and his music melded into one. All was good with the universe. Well, it was as if all melded into one until the neighbours complained.

“What’s with the screeching cat next door scratching away? If he must learn an instrument why can’t he play a proper one like a guitar or a banjo? Or even a ukulele?”

László Jovanović never played the violin again. His rose garden was a picture.

18 thoughts on “1308. In a cottage near the sea

    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I think I agree – and for that matter, any instrument next door. I used to teach the pipe organ in a church next to houses of a close knit neighbourhood. No one complained, but I thought “poor things – they have to go inside and shut their windows”!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      I “detest” having neighbours when it comes to playing the piano (even though I’m very good!!!!) I feel like not everyone is enamoured by the sonatas of Dominico Scarlatti!!

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