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Learning to Love the Cello {format} {format} 2:04 Brent Runyon

A young cellist relationship with her instrument.

Broadcast: Jan 23 2004 on NPR Day to DaySeries: WCAI/WNAN Sonic IDs Subjects: Education, Music

Commentary: Reflections on a relationship with a cello

January 23, 2004 from Day to Day

ALEX CHADWICK, host: Let's take a break from news. Here are a few moments with a young cellist in Massachusetts. Chelsea Doohan is embarking on what she hopes will be a long and lyrical relationship with her instrument.

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I hadn't had a lesson yet, and I was just playing around with it. It's kind of funny. I had no idea what it was and how it was going to make music. It's kind of strange.

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DOOHAN: It's sort of an intense love-hate relationship I have with my cello, because it's really frustrating sometimes. And it's lonely.

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DOOHAN: I remember a competition that I did. And I remember warming up for that competition. And it just jelled. It wasn't like I was working at it anymore. It was like I was hearing it happen by itself.

(Soundbite of cello music)

DOOHAN: Now that I'm a cellist, it's even more amazing to hear the sound of the cello in the hands of someone who's really good at it.

(Soundbite of cello music; music with cello and piano)

CHADWICK: Cellist Chelsea Doohan. And thanks to producer Brent Runyon of WCAI and WNAN on Cape Cod, Massachusetts.

(Soundbite of music with cello and piano)

CHADWICK: I'm Alex Chadwick, and you're listening to DAY TO DAY.