The year I fell in love

Little Chia

Photos: courtesy Chia

IT was 2008 when I first saw a double bass. I saw it on the television. I put my flute away and told my father I wanted to play the double bass. 

     Finally, when I was in the 4th year of school at The Fine Art Institute, I bought myself a double bass. It is not very easy to buy a double bass in Kurdistan. I asked everyone I knew, “Do you know how can I buy a double bass?”

     “Go back to the flute” they answered. 

     But I already found the bass I wanted on eBay. “There must be a way to buy it,” I told myself even though we cannot buy things on the Internet in Kurdistan. Finally, I heard about a group that buys things for people who live in countries that don’t have a membership on eBay.  The name of this group in Kurdish is “Bring It To Me”!  I had to pay a lot of money to “Bring It To Me,” but I was happy.  To me it was worth any price.  If you have your own instrument, then you are very free. You can find more work and opportunities.

     The company told me that my bass was made in China but was now in America. They told me it would take 1 month to arrive. One month went by. Then two months went by. I was so worried. Where was my bass? But after two and a half months, I finally touched my bass!  I still could not play it, because it was in two pieces.  But it was mine.  I was so happy.  I couldn’t believe it.  I found a man who makes musical instruments and he said he could put it together. When he finished, it had a little problem, but a friend from America, who is a professional musician, when he was here visiting, he fixed the problem.  

     How could I tell on the Internet if it was a good bass?  I could just look at three or four pictures of it and pray to God that it was good.  And it was very good!  — Chia

………………………………………...Chia is from Iraqi-Kurdistan. His native language is Kurdish. He is a new student of English hoping to study music in America.

Chia learned much about how to play the double bass by watching You Tube videos.

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