Kindness. Abundant. One example is the Community Center of Northern Westchester in Katonah, which provides services and goods for the needy.
Lake Waccabuc, where Pulitzer Prize winner Yehudi Wyner told me he swam with Elliott Carter (another PPW), and that they barely got out of the way of a motor boat.
Mead Memorial Chapel in Waccabuc. I played its pipe organ at a wedding (no, not for Marilyn Monroe and Arthur Miller, who were married there).
Nature. Everywhere I look in South Salem: gentle hills, a mountainous park, streams…so many composers were renewed by it and received inspiration from it.
Officers of the law, especially when they pull my car over for weaving, observe that I had been reaching for peanuts on the seat next to me, and then say, “Have a good day, Maestro.”
Piano Sonata. Samuel Barber’s, written in his Mount Kisco home where his life-long companion Gian Carlo Menotti created his opera Amahl and the Night Visitors. They threw many parties, with guests such as Leonard Bernstein and Vladimir Horowitz.
Quiet. Totally. At night. It took a while for this city boy to get used to it.
Rachmaninoff, the great composer and pianist, who is buried in Kensico Cemetery in Valhalla. Opera stars Beverly Sills, Anna Moffo, and Robert Merrill, plus the music critic Deems Taylor, are also there. I wonder if Mr. Taylor is writing reviews of their performances.
Stars. You can actually see many of them—both in the sky at night, and in stores during the day.
Trails in South Salem, beckoning us to relieve stress, enjoy nature, and become healthier.
UFOs. Yes—I, too, saw them in Pound Ridge.
Various Westchester churches, which have hired me, a Jew, to be their music director!
Wolf Conservation Center in South Salem, created by Hélène Grimaud, one of the world’s best pianists.
X-rays taken by the brilliant team of doctors, nurses, technicians, and others at the Mount Kisco Medical Group when my doctor thought I had pneumonia. I did.
YouTube, one of the greatest inventions ever. One can hear Benjamin Britten talk and see George Gershwin play there!
Znamenny Chant, a singing tradition used in the Holy Trinity Orthodox Church in Yonkers, where I had the great privilege of conducting Rachmaninoff’s Vespers, the greatest Russian choral piece ever written