Ms. Charen, I read your article with a big smile - I can totally relate to your story! I took up violin at age 57 and took lessons for 3 years. I have tried playing piano (lessons for a year) and guitar - my husband can play just about anything he touches and encourages me constantly. I am a vocalist, have been singing semi-professionally for over 30 years and from what my mother told me, would entertain our family singing at dancing at holiday events at age 3. I love the sound of the violin since it is so close to the human voice and like you, found it quite challenging to play. But I had a great teacher for two years, a prodigy himself playing since the age of 3, and I advanced rather quickly as well. Keep playing!