William Fitzpatrick - violin expert

The Many Stories of Bill Fitzpatrick: Brick Wall

Another violin-related story that will surprise you

In this video, Prof. Fitzpatrick tells a story involving Ms. Delay and Prof. Fitzpatrick's father.

Released on March 23, 2022

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Video Transcription

Ms Delay asked me to drop by her place in Aspen after a concert. When I got there she asked if I wanted something, so I had a coke. Then she said “You know Billy, everyone adores you. But when you perform it seems like there is a brick wall between you and the audience.” There was a brief silence and then she went on “Do you have a problem being black?” I was totally surprised to hear her say something like that but without hesitation responded no. I did however tell her that I had recently become concerned that I had never met my father. I told her that I was going to Nashville after Aspen to see if I could locate him. Ms Delay was always full of surprises.
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