Gene brought us music
big, magnificent glorious heart-filled music
Gene was a big tall beautiful man
Big smile, kind strong hug
As a conductor, bringing out the
contours, the rhythms, the subtleties
the complexities, the power and
unbounded joy of Handel and Brahms,
Bach and Beethoven
As a singer, his fine strong
deep rich bass voice brought
us wisdom and peace and harmony
and love most of all love
The chours was unauditioned
everyone can sing!
The orchestra was unauditioned
everyone can play!
and we sang and played unto the high mountains
until the air rang with the sound of
Dana’s trumpet, and the bass vibrations
of Gene’s voice
And we loved you, how we loved you, Gene!