I am sad to report that after a long, fruitful life, and a difficult battle with cancer, my sweet German shepherd, Django, has passed away peacefully. Throughout his illness, I have found solace in the haunting, yet placid finale of Mahler's epic 9th Symphony, his last, and it's eventual peaceful fade into tranquility and rest. Many suggest that this was Mahler's swan song, and was an ultimate statement on his resignation to his oncoming death. Django lived an incredible life, and I find no better way to remember his life and honor his passing than presenting this beautiful piece of music.
I leave you with music, and a few profound words about this work:
"It is terrifying, and paralyzing, as the strands of sound disintegrate ... in ceasing, we lose it all. But in letting go, we have gained everything."
– Leonard Bernstein