According to Merriam-Webster, the definition of regret is to feel sad or sorry about something that you did or did not do. In high school, I quit the violin. This blog series is about my journey to resume playing. To read the entire series, please visit www.melaniebates.net/blog.
On December 16, 2021, I participated in my third recital since returning to the violin after a 15+ year hiatus. I performed a piece my Instructor found called Mele Sue, composed by a Ghanaian composer named Kenneth Kafui. You can watch my performance below beginning at 9 minutes and 40 seconds.
Sadly, Mr. Kafui passed away in March of 2020. I was truly honored to perform a piece by this esteemed Black composer. To learn more, please visit www.musicbyblackcomposers.org.
Melanie Elizabeth Bates is an attorney and consultant based in Washington, D.C. The views expressed here are her own.