There will come a day when Lorenzo Carter will play the cello again.
For the time being, he’s concerned with rushing the quarterback and winning football games. But due to his upbringing, he was exposed to music at a young age. The first instrument he ever played was the cello, which has always offered a relaxing tone to him.
“I fell in love with the sound,” Carter said.
Carter wasn’t just a Joe Schmo at the cello as a child. He was first chair in middle school but later attended a school that didn’t have orchestra as a class option. With just a standard band class available, Carter learned how to play the tuba, baritone and trombone.
The cello still resonates with Carter, however. He listens to Yo-Yo Ma and has his Pandora radio station set up so that he can listen to both he and related artists. Classical music, and modern variations of the genre, is something Carter gets into at times.
Carter wasn’t able to play much music in high school as he worked on becoming a star pass-rusher at Norcross. He hasn’t been able to do much cello playing at Georgia since he’s focused much of his time on football.
But growing up, Carter’s parents wanted him to become musically inclined, which is why he learned how to play the many instruments. One day, he’ll find some time to play the cello again.
“My parents always pushed a balance, to make sure you always have a balance of school, athletics and some type of music,” Carter said. “My whole family has some kind of musical talent. So I had to pick something up.”