The violin has always been associated with classical music. It has been seen to be played by those privileged enough to be able to afford lessons on the difficult to play instrument. In recent years we have seen the scope of the instrument change, partly in thanks to groups like Black Violin, who use the instrument in ways that have never been seen before. They add a touch of hip-hop and soul to the playing the violin, giving the instrument a complete makeover.
When I was in grade school and high school, just saying that you play the violin would have made you the target of bullies and people who didn't understand the power of music. Black Violin has changed all that, even making me wish that I had taken the time to learn how to make the strings sing.