Honoring the memory of what was lost and the hope for what is yet to be built.

Bill Bragin sent a note around today that talks about the quote that he has used in his electronic signature since 9-11.  It’s from the great Leonard Bernstein and it reads:

"This will be our reply to violence:
to make music more intensely,
more beautifully,
more devotedly than ever before."

A life-affirming call to action.  That’s exactly what we need and, I think, the best way to honor those who are no longer with us.

Thanks, Bill.


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  • Very cool of you to share this.

    BTW, I had never actually seen the quote in its full context until someone sent along a response to my email.

    I love the quote even more now that I know what he was referencing….it was following a concert he conducted shortly after the assassination of JFK, and he references a quote from Kennedy “America’s leadership must be guided by learning and reason” – as opposed to ignorance and hatred…..also particularly appropriate for these days…