You know those times in life when you wish you could rewind the clock and do it all over again? That first date that didn’t work out so well, or perhaps the job interview where you now cringe when you think about how you answered that critical screening question. Of course, life doesn’t come with a reset button. As Henry David Thoreau once said, “Make the most of your regrets; never smother your sorrow, but tend and cherish it till it comes to have a separate and integral interest. To regret deeply is to live afresh.” And that’s what we hear from Bill Miles.
Bill Miles, a resident of Seekonk, Massachusetts, is a professor of political science at Northeastern University, where he integrates music into his teaching on politics. Miles has lived in and written books on India, West Africa, the South Pacific, the Indian Ocean, and the French Caribbean. When his daughter, Arielle, picks up her violin, Miles tries to accompany her on his cello – without regrets.