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Chicago-based writer Stuart Ross. @myskypager


“What seemed extraordinary to me was how much ignorance there was about the ‘other.’ The Israeli kids couldn’t imagine that there are people in Damascus and Amman and Cairo who can actually play the violin and viola. One of the Syrian kids told me that he’d never met an Israeli before. This same boy found himself sharing a music stand with an Israeli cellist. They were trying to play the same note, to play with the same dynamic, with the same stroke of the bow, with the same sound, with the same expression. Well, having achieved that one note, they already can’t look at each other the same way, because they have shared a common experience. And this is what was really, for me, the important thing about the encounter.”

– Daniel Barenboim, March 2000

"It is a piece that brings to mind the moment of departure from a train station; that makes the fingers stretch to touch a last time; that makes you think, yes, the life of sensation, and no other."

—David Leavitt, from The Page Turner

“When the Holy Spirit saw that mankind was ill-inclined toward virtue and that we were heedless of the righteous life because of our inclination to pleasure, what did he do? He blended the delight of melody with doctrine in order that through the pleasantness and softness of sound we might unawares receive what was useful in the words.”

– St. Basil ~ 370 C.E.


You never officially put out any other material. Did you play live at all? 

"We played out soooo much. There is no record of this because no one had phones. Instead of holding an iPhone, everyone held Bud longnecks… it is inexplicable." 

— Peter Dayton