Tuesday, April 26, 2005

A simple convergence?

A little background first. I love music and studied it, performed it and composed it. My music would be labeled contemporary 'classical', I guess. I have been writing again recently and the piece I am working on is on my mind constantly. It is for string quartet.

Yesterday my daughter and I were in a local Mail & More to make some copies. I have never used them before, usually going another mile or so to Kinko's. But time was pressing and when my daughter said "Dad, just go here," I did.

There was a gentleman there making copies of an old music manuscript for String Trios. I recognized the music and made commented on one of the pieces. We talked for a few minutes and he asked me about my interest in classical music. When I explained that I was a composer, he asked if I had ever writteb any String Quartet works. As it turns out he is the cellist for a local string quartet? I replied that I had written a quartet that had won the Arizona Composer's Award in 1972. It was played only once. I gave him my email address and he said he would contact me.

As we turned to walk out another man came into that same Mail & More. It was Jim Apperson. Jim was the first violin player in the quartet that had played my piece that one time over 30 years ago. I hadn't seen him for nearly 20 years. He recognized the other gentleman as they both play in the symphony here. We chatted for awhile and Jim remembered playing my piece, "Metaplasia", all those years ago.

Seemed a little amazingly coincidental to me. Upshot is that the quartet wants to review my old piece and look at my newest work for possible performances in the near future.

Was it my preoccupation with my new music that led me to see things and people that I may not have noticed before, or was there something a little more "Wayne Dyer'ish" going on here? Who knows, just makes me smile. Either way, it shows the power of focus and being open to the everchanging universe in front of you.

My friend James Cowlin at usroute89a.com writes:

Just read your latest blog entry and it reminded me of a quote from Johann Wolfgang von Goethe that I've had hanging on my wall for years.

"There is one elementary truth, the ignorance of which kills countless ideas and splendid plans. That the moment one definitely commits oneself, then Providence moves, too. All sorts of things occur to help one that would otherwise not have occurred. A whole stream of events issues from the decision raising in one's favor all manner of unforeseen incidents and meetings and material assistance which no one would have dreamed would come their way. Whatever you can do or dream you can do, do it now. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it. Begin it now."

I had a similar occurrence this morning in connection with the US 89 project. I had been thinking about the growing art scene along Grand Avenue in downtown Phoenix and the fact that Grand Avenue was the original route of 89. On a whim this morning my friend who is working with me on the project and I decided to go take a look at it. We had been trying to contact two people who are involved in revitalizing Grand and, lo and behold, we ran into both of them on the street and were able to introduce the project and set up future meetings.

Start the conversation with the Universe and the Universe will answer in ways you could never imagine.

So true James.

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