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Music to my ears

Music to My Ears

Recently my wife and I went to one of the concerts of the Lakes Area Music Festival. Not only was it beautiful music, but it was also a beautiful day with a good cross-section of the community in attendance.

What a great celebration of music brought to us each year with the help of Scott Lykins, the Crossings Art Alliance and an incrediblenumber of volunteers and sponsors in the community…and it is free (with donations accepted but without pressure).

This is also a reflection, in part, of the other music and art organizations in the community and the significant role that the music programs of the public school have played over the years producing talentedmusicians and an appreciation of music in the area.

The program happened to be about Scandinavian Music that touches on some of the diversity in our community. As always the music was flawless, much of it from young musicians coming from many areas of the United States with a sprinkling of a few older musicians.

The miracle is that once these musicians accept the common language of music and agree that the final outcome is more important than any one of them individually, beautiful harmony and melody is the result. A result that all can agree was worth the effort.

No one insists that his or her own personal views, beliefs or philosophies need be accepted before the project can start. The goal takes precedent. They find what they have in common and how they can bring their individual gifts and talents to make the project work. They work with respect because the goal is significant.

I can’t think of a better example of how healthy communities work.

Bob Passi


Denton (Denny) Newman Jr.
I've worked at the Brainerd Dispatch with various duties since Dec. 7, 1983. Starting off as an Ad Designer and currently Director of Audience Development. The Dispatch has been an interesting and challenging place to work. I'm fortunate to have made many friends, both co-workers and customers.
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