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Crosscurrents

StoryCorps: Learning to embrace imperfection

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Denise Woodward is a lifelong musician. As a young classical guitarist, she strove for perfection, often waking up at 4:30 in the morning to practice for hours before school. 

When Denise turned 33, she decided to take up the violin. She visited the StoryCorps booth to tell her Aunt Rita about an accident that taught her how to let go of her search for musical perfection.

DENISE WOODWARD: "I've got a brain; I've got passion; I've got desire. I'm going to relearn all my songs with just three fingers."

This piece originally aired in 2011. To listen to the full story, click the audio player above.

If you want to interview a loved one for StoryCorps at the San Francisco Public Library, you can make an online reservation here.

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