Many years ago, I bought my first guitar. It was — by every standard of measurement — a terrible instrument. The previous owner had abused it before conning a pawnshop in Rockingham, N.C., to exchange it for cash. It's possible the store owner knew even less about music that I did, because the guitar (an Epiphone similar to the model favored by Kurt Cobain) had a warped neck and would not stay in tune for more than a few minutes at a time. I spent $100 for that six-string nightmare and can probably blame my lingering anger-management issues on that monstrosity.
I reached two modest musical milestones before wising up and getting another, less-horrible guitar: I taught myself to play "The Nile Song" by Pink Floyd and "London Dungeon" by the Misfits. Both are modest accomplishments on par with leaning to play "Chop Sticks" on a piano. Still, I was proud of myself.
So you can imagine my mixed feelings on seeing Lacy Rostyak's collection of YouTube videos, which involve levels of musical talent that might as well come from another planet when compared to mine. While I'm not fit to be her sound tech, I can tell you this much: it took a lot of effort for her to make this seem so effortless.
Among the STAR WARS, MARIO BROS and Wham! covers at her YouTube channel is a video of her performance of Robert Cobert's "Shadows of the Night" from DARK SHADOWS. If you're a reader of this website, there's a pretty good chance you'll like it. (You can watch the video below)
Meanwhile, Rostyak has launched a GoFundMe campaign with a goal stated boldly in the website url: www.gofundme.com/lacyneedsaviolin. Please consider chipping in.
(Thanks to Scott Ross for the tip.)