Steven Finley has enabled me to realize a lifelong dream. My daughter Liz used to tease me about how, deep in my heart, I really wanted to be a "BIKER MOM":
to ride a sleek motorcycle around and feel it purr, and to race it like the wind when I felt like it. Last month I gave Finley my flute, and asked him to do his magic. My wonderful gold flute was feeling a bit heavy in my hands, and I was wondering if I was just getting too old to play it well. When he gave it back to me he smiled in a very special way; the Finley smile! I played it, and.........I HAD BECOME A BIKER MOM!!!! The flute felt light and agile in my hands. The sound had become even and it shined in all registers. I could race it, and it was responsive. I could gun it, and it purred.
WOW. Thanks, Finley. Thanks for helping me keep the dream.
Donna Hieken Flute Chair,
New England Conservatory of Music