A Few of My Favorite Things ~ Music

A Few of My Favorite Things ~ Music

A Few of My Favorite Things

While Beth and I were in Mozambique getting ready for the Manda Wilderness Choir Festival I had some time to sit and reflect on our trip and the exciting events about to unfold. We were staying in a lovely open air cabin and just getting used to being on the other side of the world! The first morning I heard a voice calling from the path back to the lodge. When I looked out- there was this young lady with a tray filled with COFFEE! It made me think of the daily habit of my favorite composer, Gustav Mahler. He would walk to his writing studio in the woods where his breakfast would be waiting. Not too shabby, huh? Well, speaking of Mahler…

Gustav Mahler’s 9th Symphony

My favorite musical piece is Gustav Mahler’s 9th Symphony. I love this piece because it expresses a full range of emotions and textures like no other piece of music I know and it speaks to a deep angst which was raging in the later years of his life.

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I Am No Stranger To Air Travel

I Am No Stranger To Air Travel

I am no stranger to air travel…

Starting when I was about 10 years old, I flew each summer on my own from Chicago O’Hare to Pittsburg, making the plane transfer to music camp in Williamsport/Muncy, PA. My most distinct memory was watching the ground crew tossing my precious horn about 10 feet from luggage wagon to cargo hold. The instrument was not damaged, but maybe I was moderately scarred, but not scared. To this day, I pack with the assumption my luggage will be airborne in more than one way. Another mishap of my childhood flights was arriving only to find shampoo or some other liquid had burst all over my clothes, so now I put everything in ziplock bags. I can’t tell you how many times that little trick saved the day. Thanks, Heloise.

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Risk Takers Unanimous

Risk Takers Unanimous

Hello, my name is Stephen Bigger and I am a risk taker. (“Hello, Stephen). This habit has framed, defined, challenged, and enriched my life in ways I simply can not describe. I honestly can’t say that every risk has been the right choice; quite the contrary. I have made some terrible mistakes, the scars of which I will carry with me my entire life.

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