What a blessing to be skilled (gifted) at both violin and piano! Both incredibly difficult instrumenta to master well.
I am glad to hear you love apologetics, too.
It definitely is a challenging area to apply oneself to.
I love music.
As an adult, I took up piano.
(I thought I might pursue it seriously…because I had natural ability … but, God had other plans for me.)
Music is not a calling for me…
But, it has certainly been is a means of growth and edification …
My musical gifts and abilities have been used of God to challenge me to risk leaving my comfort zone.
With music, (generally speaking) others (non musical people) get to be blessed by those who are musical. So while musicality may be a “soft” or “quiet” gift…it carries incredible invisible power to touch the unseen parts of people’s inner being.
Being a musician in the truest sense, has to be a calling…because it takes takes so much time and dedication to play well. Plus, to begin with, learning and practise requires solitude. It’s a very solitary activity…until your skill level is proficient enough to combine your talent with someone else’s talent. But, wow…then, the energy and joy grows exponentially.
In my mind it is so important to start children in music early in their childhood. If they have the desire and passion for music…they are in a stage in life where they can devote the time needed, to become proficient early in their lives.
Good on you for the musical gifts you have been able to cultivate in children, teens and adults! It really is an amazing ability to bring joy to people … through music.
When I was young and far from God, He used music…(particularly songs)…to speak to my soul. I often found meaningful truth in words set to beautiful music. Other’s reality and experiences penned in a song would flow easily into my heart…past all the barriers and defenses. Of course, most of these songs didn’t contain were “saving truths”…but, what was true…would resonant with me…
Orchestrated music, vocalized music…provide a sound track to our lives. I don’t think there is anyone in this modern era who wouldn’t be able to track loved pieces of music…all the way back to their early childhood.