A newsroom denizen recently acquired a violin, the first step toward realizing a dream of learning to play fiddle tunes. Not long after, The Beat interviewed Nashville newcomer Natalie Stovall, who started violin lessons at age four using the Suzuki method. (Our feature story on Natalie will run in the May 31 print edition of The Beat.) Stovall was introduced several years later to fiddle tunes (you know, old-timey Appalachian, bluegrass and country music, at least in the Americana tradition).

Anyway, it's pretty cool that it's an instrument shared by Itzhak Perlman and Charlie Daniels, Hilary Hahn and Eileen Ivers, Sarah Chang and Mark O'Connor.

Now if we could just get our co-worker some affordable lessons...