Hi all, this is my first post, so be gentle please.
A little something about myself, I'm 27. And I'm a tennis player. Fairly accomplished aside from turning professional (haha, to make it as a professional tennis player, you've got to be one-in-a-million). So, hand-eye coordination should be spot on if not excellent. So to sum up, fairly athletic.
Intelligence and career goes, I have a degree in cell and molecular biology and have work on cancer research since graduation. However, I'm not using that degree anymore and I am in the middle of a career change. Why? Because I don't want a Ph.D, and in science, if you don't have a Ph.D/M.D., your ceiling is really low with little career advancement. I have just gotten myself into a MBA program and will be focused in getting my foot into the business world.
I have always loved music, all kinds of music. The modern day crap that we call pop/hip hop/r&b. However, some hip hop are truly great and borderline poetic, sadly those are the ones don't get radio play for obvious reasons. I also listen to traditional Chinese music every once in and have an eerie love for the Erhu. I also love classical music, but probably not as much as I do now, and I'll tell you why:
It was not a few days ago while studying for midterms for my MBA program, I had the opportunity to sit down and REALIZE the genius that was Beethoven, Mozart, and Vivaldi in particular. I understand Vivaldi's work mainly focused on the violin, but I am drawn to the cello. To me, the cello produces a fuller, deeper, richer sound. Also, there is something majestic about operating a ginormus wooden instrument. I have some appreciation for traditions being a tennis player. For example, my tennis racquet is spec'd heavy like the olden days.
Now, you're probably wondering why I want to pick up an instrument. If you've been following my essay, I already have a lifetime hobby in tennis. So why do I need another one in music? I'll explain:
1) Like sports, I find music to be one of the few things that blur cultural/age/society differences. As in if you're good, and you have an appreciation for music/sport, it doesn't matter if you're from a different country/generation. If it's good enough to be appreciated, it's going to be appreciated universally.
2) While I am athletically gifted, as much as I workout and remain fit, this athletic ability will fade with time and I won't be able to play my aggressive style forever. Whereas in music, unless I am convinced otherwise, playability does not fade with time. It only gets better am I right? (Through practice and self-evaluation).
So, after this long post, I'm finally getting to the meat of it.
Is it too late to start Cello at 27 and want to improve to play good music? If someone come to me and says s/he wants to start tennis at 27, I would definitely say s/he is too late.
Thanks for reading, and I'm looking forward to your responses and contributions.