HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Stay healthy! Be kind. Help one another
A message from Rosie Samter, violist of Videri String Quartet
January 2, 2022
Goodbye 2021, welcome 2022.
As a musician, I watched in March 2020 as my entire career crashed. Gig after gig after gig disappeared from the calendar. In person teaching was delayed week after week, and then canceled indefinitely. Every day. Stuck in a tiny Boston apartment, the depression and anxiety grew.
I quit music.
It was too depressing. Videri, my entire life's dream and 10 years of hard work, scattered across four states. We tried, at first, to keep everything going, but all of us had to figure out how to navigate Covid and support ourselves and our families. I started working in special education once again, I went back to school CONVINCED I could be happy teaching. I would get a job for sure, all my colleagues (all of whom I love dearly and have so much respect for) encouraged me. I love working with kids, I love being in the classrooms. But I wasn't happy. I became more and more depressed. I knew, I needed to be playing again.
Even though Videri had never officially disbanded, I was TERRIFIED to try to start up again. I knew, everyone knew, there was going to be big changes. I was (am still) in a very fragile emotional state. I didn't know if I could handle a change, but then something I never expected started happening.
People would talk to me about Videri, they would tell me how much they enjoyed our music. Teachers I worked with, students, people I didn't actively talk to about Videri. They still knew, our music touched them, inspired them. And it woke something up inside of me. That drive, that need to continue playing, the need to create music, the need to share my my overwhelming love of playing in a string quartet with others.
Videri has been on pause, we have been hibernating. Figuring out what truly matters. We are waking up. We will play again. Muisc is what truly matters to myself, and I know I am not alone.
We are talking about projects and rehearsals and concerts. Of playing together again. It's going to happen soon.
For the first time since March 13, 2020, I am hopeful and excited again. I cannot wait to play with my beloved quartet once again!
For all of you out there that have continued listening to our music, thank you! For all of those that have tried to reach out to me and heard nothing back, you helped bring us back.
We are rebuilding. We won't be the same, we will be different. But we will always be Videri. We will always love playing and we will continue to share our love of music with everyone around us.
All the best to you and your loved ones,
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