Written by Trinity Grewell
As a viola player, I often face backlash from the musical community simply because the viola is an “inferior” instrument. My way to cope with this backlash is with humor, specifically memes that are related to music. I have an entire archive of viola memes that I look at to make myself and others laugh.
As a violist, I am usually the butt of every joke in the music industry, especially the orchestra. Instead of letting it get me down, I use it to my personal advantage to make other people smile, as well. Although it may seem a bit dark to think about making other people laugh at my so-called misery, it makes me happy that I can bring joy to other people by sharing contemporary art. I feel it’s part of my job to take other people’s insults, regardless of whether they were supposed to be comical or insulting, and turn it into laughable content for everyone to enjoy. When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!
Here are some more general music memes that can be applied to any musician:
My brain hurts after sight-reading this!
Whatever instrument you play, you are valid! If you had not chosen to play it, there would be less variety in the musical realm. By existing and playing your instrument, you are an important part of the musical community.