Interest in the Cello?

I can still remember the first time I heard the cello when I was a small child. I was watching television, and the evening news show was covering a short reunion of Prince Charles and a classmate of his from grade school. During the interview, Prince Charles tinkered with a cello and said that it was his favorite instrument from the class that the two boys had attended. As he slowly bowed the cello, it produced a sound that was simply mesmerizing to me. He was not playing any music. I just heard a slow, simple note coming from our 1970s-style TV with its three-inch speaker. This simple experience etched in my mind the desire to learn this instrument.

What peaked your interest in the Cello?